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The first reference to a panini in the US dates back to 1956 and while the Italian word translates to mean "small bread," it should mean “BIG FLAVOR”.
Unlike grilled cheese, panini include almost anything from meats and cheeses to leafy greens and veggies. They are also not grilled in a pan, but prepared on a grill or a press. But you don't need a panini press to make a perfect panini at home. Just follow this hack.
So in honor of Panini Day, we offer this scrumptious combination. We used focaccia as the base, then brushed the inside with fig jam and a drizzle of our Champagne Vinaigrette, on top of which we layered Manchego cheese, and thinly sliced pear, as well as Spanish chorizo. Press and cook until golden.
Favorite loaf of bread
Slice bread, pears, cheese and chorizo
On one slice, spread Champagne Vinaigrette and fig jam
On the other, layer the pears, cheese and chorizo
Put the slices together and wrap in aluminum foil
Bring a pan to high heat and add the foil wrapped panini; cook to your liking
Unwrap panini and serve!