Monday, July 28, 2008

Croissant Panini

It's been awhile since I've gotten out my panini maker, so I wanted to give it some use this week. I remembered I had emailed myself a bunch of Giada panini recipes from the Food Network website, so I went through those and found one that sounded good. They all sounded good, but I had to buy the least amount of ingredients for this one.

I heart Giada. Well, I heart her food. She's entirely too skinny to make all that yummy food. But everything of her's I've tried is always yummy. I love croissants, so I'm excited to try them in a panini.

Croissant Panini
4 croissants, sliced in 1/2 lengthwise
4 ounces smoked Gouda, grated (about 1 1/3 cups)
8 teaspoons grated Parmesan
4 ounces Genoa salami (about 24 slices)
5 ounces arugula

Heat a panini grill. Divide 1-ounce (1/3 cup) smoked Gouda between 1 top and 1 bottom of a croissant. Sprinkle each half with 1 teaspoon Parmesan. Top each side with about 3 slices of Genoa salami (about 1 ounce of salami per sandwich, total.) Top 1 half of the sandwich with a small handful of arugula. Close the sandwich and continue with the remaining sandwiches. Grill the panini until the cheese melts, about 3 to 4 minutes.


I don't like salami, but I figured I'd get it anyway. But then I realized when I was clear on the other side of the grocery store that I'd forgotten it. So I said, "Screw it, I'll use ham." I'm totally excited for this dinner. I haven't decided yet what we'll have with it. I'm so bad at coming up with side dishes.

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