Grilled Panini Sandwich Recipes

Sometimes, there’s nothing better than a hot sandwich, and what better way to do that than with crispy grilled sandwiches? Cook them in the panini press, and you have easy, tasty hot sandwiches in no time. Here are some of our favorite grilled panini sandwich recipes. Tips for Grilled Sandwiches When making a panini or a grilled sandwich, it’s important that you use ingredients that mix well together rather than fight over which one will be the star. In our Reuben sandwich below, we were hesitant with using our Black Russian bread at first because of the big flavor, but …

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Storing and Freezing Piroshki

You can make piroshki ahead of time and store them before baking in either the refrigerator or freezer.  You can also refrigerate or freeze leftovers piroshki and reheat them when you’re ready to enjoy them again.  Here’s how: How to Do Make-Ahead Piroshki To do make-ahead piroshki, follow the recipe filling the piroshki and sealing the seam.  Instead of baking the piroshki, store them tightly wrapped in the refrigerator for up to five days or in the freezer for up to three weeks. Use this as a base recipe for your make-ahead piroshki. When you get ready to bake your …

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How To Make Easy Calzones, Piroshki, and Pocket Sandwiches

I know. The neighbor needed help. The doctor took forever. And the kids are crying. You just want to get them fed and move on.And you certainly don’t feel like cooking. Here’s a simple solution. Call them pocket sandwiches, pizza pockets, calzones, or piroshkis… they’re a great way to rescue a busy day. They’re great for picnics and school lunches, too. You can even make breakfast pockets for those busy mornings. This Saturday morning, make a bunch of pocket sandwiches and throw them in the freezer. They don’t have to be extravagant. My daughter, Debbie, loads them with cubed cheese …

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Ham and Cheese Piroshki

This is an easy piroshki recipe.  You make these simple ham and cheese piroshki in three steps: make the dough, cook the filling, and then assemble the piroshki.  It’s easiest to do with a dough press, but you can build it manually.  If so, be sure to seal the edges well with the tines of a fork. For the Piroshki Dough Ingredients 3 1/2 cups flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon granulated sugar 1/2 cup cold butter 2 large eggs 1 cup sour cream Directions Sift the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar into a bowl. …

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How to Make Monte Cristo Sandwiches

This is an old French sandwich circa 1910. It became popular in America in the 1930’s and then seem to drop out of sight in the 1960’s. My dad loved Monte Cristo sandwiches. As a child, it seemed that they were popular in diners and other casual recipes. Either way, they were made with meat, usually ham, and a soft cheese, raspberry jam, and mustard or a hot sauce. They are now a type of sandwich, a meat and cheese sandwich cooked like French toast or deep fried. We’ve maintained the sweet layer with either jam or a flavored honey.

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Au Gratin Potatoes (with Eggs)

This au gratin potato recipe relies on the eggs to form the filling.  The egg, milk, and cream mixture sets up like a custard.  The au gratin potato casserole cuts neatly into squares or wedges for serving. It is important that you use starchy, Russet-type potatoes. This can be made without the cheese for scalloped potatoes. Experimenting with the Au Gratin Potato Recipe Consider these easy au gratin potatoes a basic recipe.  Other ingredients may be added as desired, though this is a good dish in its basic form.  You may consider adding any of the following ingredients: 2 cloves …

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Creamy Au Gratin Potatoes

This au gratin potato recipe makes a creamy casserole with a thin white sauce-type filling. It relies on the starch in the potatoes to thicken the cream into a sauce.  Click here to try an au grating potatoes recipe that relies on eggs to thicken the sauce. Baker’s Notes: It is important that you use starchy, Russet-type potatoes.  It is also important that you bring the milk to a simmer only, not boiling, to avoid curdling. This can be made without the cheese for scalloped potatoes. Variations on the Au Gratin Potato Recipe This is a basic recipe.  Other ingredients …

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Ham and Cheese Canapés (French Apetizer Bread)

These ham and cheese canapes make cute snacks or appetizers. You can even have make-ahead canapes by preparing the bread and toppings separately and assembling them when you’re ready. Canapes: The French Apetizeer Bread The word canape (can-uh-pay) is French for sofa. It’s as if the toppings were sitting on a “sofa” of bread. Canapes are French appetizer breads that are made in a specific pan for the right sizing and shape, sliced, and topped. They’re typically small, savory bread bites that can be made into works of art with the shaping and toppings. Notice how the image above shows …

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Country Breakfast Pizza Recipe

There are lots of breakfast pizzas. We like this one. It’s a twist on the breakfast sandwiches that you get at the drive-through, a combination of eggs, ham, and cheddar but on a pizza. Ingredients Classic Pizza Dough mix 1 tablespoon butter 1/2 small onion, diced 1/4 green or red bell pepper, chopped diced ham, crumbled bacon, or sausage bits 5 large eggs pepper and salt salsa 2/3 cup grated cheddar 2/3 cup grated mozzarella Directions Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.    Mix the dough according to package instructions. Divide the dough into two parts to make two thin-crust, 14-inch …

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A Guide to German Pancakes and Pannekoeken

The Perfect Summer Fare Pannekoeken and German pancakes are perfect for summer.  It’s a great way to take advantage of the seasonal harvest from berries through apples—even though putting syrup on them like pancakes is delicious. They’re quick so you’re not stuck in the kitchen long.  In our kitchen, a pannekoeken bakes in eleven minutes.  And you don’t have the oven on long enough to heat up the house. But most of all, they’re luscious.  Your family love them.  Guests will be delighted.  And you can make a different variation every time so no one gets tired of what you …

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Three-Way Corn Chowder

This corn chowder can be made three ways: with just corn, with ham, or with bacon. Ingredients 2 tablespoons butter 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 15-ounce can chicken broth 2 cups cubed potatoes 2 cups half and half or 2 cups milk 2 15-ounce cans corn, undrained or two cups cooked corn cut from the cob 1 1/2 cups diced ham (optional) 6 strips bacon, cooked to a crisp and crumbled (optional) 2 tablespoons fresh parsley or one tablespoon dried Directions Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Add onion and cook until tender, stirring …

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How to Make Monte Cristo Sandwiches with Lingonberry Jam

Dennis Weaver I love Monte Cristo sandwiches.  They are my favorite grilled sandwiches.   But it’s not just the type; I love the combination of ham, cheese, and raspberry jam.  (Traditionally, mustard is added but I usually leave that out.)    But I like lingonberry jam even better.  Usually, I’m pairing lingonberry with turkey but it’s also superb with ham. You can use whatever filling you want.  We’ve even made them with peanut butter and jelly.  But today, we’re using lingonberry jam. Lingonberries are beautiful bright red berries, a cousin to a cranberry, with a unique, intense flavor.  In Scandinavia, they are …

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Summer Salads from the Garden

When the summer produce arrives, make a salad.  It’s easy to make a tossed green salad, a garden salad, and add whatever veggies you have to it.  You can add a creamy dressing like ranch or thousand island but we usually use a vinaigrette. See this collection of vinaigrette recipes >> Get a great deal on a salad dressing genie >> See the recipes that you can make with a genie >> We don’t know when we have enjoyed a dressing as much as the dressing we introduced last week.  It works very well with any tossed green salad. See …

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Grilled Bacon and Cheese Sandwich

Grilled cheese is America’s favorite grilled sandwich.  Slipping a little ham in with the cheese is common—but how about bacon?  We prefer bacon over ham in our grilled sandwich.  This one is made on sourdough bread and makes a wonderful, hearty sandwich for those cooler days ahead. Ingredients 2 slices of bacon for each sandwich sourdough bread, sliced butter cheddar cheese Directions Cook the bacon until it is almost crisp.  Drain it on paper towels. Put the cheese between slices of bread. Heat some butter in a pan, grill, or panini press.  Add the bacon and then cook sandwich in …

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How to Make Skillet Cornbread

My favorite cornbread is skillet cornbread. And Merri Ann can’t eat gluten so skillet cornbread is perfect for her—it relies on eggs for the structure, not flour. We’ve made it so often that it has evolved from a series of recipes to a technique. Using a ratio of ingredients, we use this technique to make both sweet and savory cornbread—whatever we are in the mood for—from Jalapeño Cheese Cornbread to Banana Nut Cornbread. Today we’ll tell you how to make your own cornbread and give you several recipes to get you started. Apple and Bacon Cornbread At first glance, this is …

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Nancy’s Pineapple Pecan Bread Recipe

We’ve always been fond of pineapple upside down cake and this recipe reminds us of the famous dessert—sweet pineapple and the caramel of brown sugar. With the pineapple, it’s a little sweeter than other quick breads. Try it with cream cheese or—if you’re adventuresome—pile thinly sliced ham on a thick slice. 3 1/2 cups flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup chopped pecans 1/2 cup butter 1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar 2 large eggs 2 cups canned crushed pineapple with the juice Directions Preheat the oven to 350 degrees 1. In …

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Italian Stromboli Bread Recipe

Most of us are familiar with cinnamon raisin bread rolled up pinwheel style and baked.  Stromboli is a savory version made with meats, cheeses, and sauces. Use this recipe to make stromboli from scratch, with a mix, or refrigerated dough.  Make them in smaller sizes to serve as subway-type sandwiches or larger loaves to slice into individual servings. Be creative with the ingredients! Try a flavored bread like Garden Harvest Bread and switch cooked meats, cheeses and vegetables to fit your tastes. 1 bread dough recipe, mix, or refrigerated dough to make one loaf of bread 1/2 pound thinly sliced …

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Honey Ham Monte Cristo Sandwiches

This is a traditional Monte Cristo recipe but instead of raspberry jam we made a honey mustard spread.  To give the honey mustard spread a bit of kick, we added some finely diced chipotle peppers.  We could have gotten the same effect with a few drops of hot sauce.  You can season the spread to your taste. Ingredients 8 slices hearty bread 3 large eggs 2 tablespoons milk 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard 1/8 teaspoon white pepper 8 slices of provolone or Swiss cheese 1/2 pound thinly sliced deli ham 1/4 cup honey 2 tablespoons prepared mustard a …

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Wild Rice, Mushroom, and Ham (or Chicken) Soup

This is an outstanding soup, so good that you’ll want to serve it often to your family and fancy enough to serve to guests. It’s easy to make. You can use either chicken or ham for this recipe.  (The picture at the right shows chicken.)  Both are good. 1 cup uncooked wild rice 1 large sweet onion, chopped 4 ounces fresh mushrooms, chopped or the equivalent in dry mushrooms 1 large carrot, grated 2 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons cornstarch 2 14.5 ounce cans of chicken broth 2 cups cooked ham or chicken, diced 1/2 teaspoon thyme (if you use chicken) …

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Creamy Ham and Wild Rice Salad Recipe

This is a great salad.  We served samples to customers in our store and people loved it.  Keep this recipe. When we were handing out samples, we heard, “Isn’t wild rice expensive?”   No, when you consider the yield, it’s not.  The rice in this recipe only costs 35 cents per serving as of this writing. 1 cups wild rice 2 cups water 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups diced ham 3 stalks celery, finely sliced 6 green onions, sliced 2 cups frozen peas 1/2 cup chopped walnuts 3/4 cup dried cranberries 1/2 cup mayonnaise 1/2 cup plain yogurt 1 tablespoon lemon …

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