Since revealing my bacon addiction to you guys was so cathartic, I thought I should also confess my love of all things melted cheese. So here goes-
“Hi, my name is Kristine, and I’m a melted cheese-aholic!” After you try this panini, you will also become a melted cheese-aholic. Be happy about this. There’s nothing better than finger-lickin’, knee-slappin’ so darn tasty GMO-free panini, loaded with three kinds of cheese and busting at the seams with a drool inducing caramelized onion bacon jam. No really. There isn’t anything better. Alright, so maybe if Johnny Depp were holding this panini it would be better…
It’s been very cold for the last week here in the Tundra (aka Minnesota.) We’re talking highs in the 20s. Nice, eh? I also threw my back out (happens at least once per year courtesy of a 9 year old back injury), which forces me to stay in bed or on the couch and limit all movement for several days until which time I get up and move around so my muscles don’t turn to gray goo. It really is an exciting life I lead. No really- it’s fantastic. Bloody fantastic!
Whenever I’m out of commission supper rarely gets made and after a few days of being looped out on pain killers, muscle relaxers and Advil, it’s hard to string together coherent sentences let alone come up with meal ideas for TSM to make so we can have dinner.
It’s also difficult to walk TSM through cooking something easy and quick, especially since we’ve switched our house over to as many organic foods as possible and we’ve eliminated as many processed, packaged & GMO foods as well. Because of this we can’t just toss a frozen pizza in the oven, or make some shake-n-bake chicken with Rice-a-Roni. Yes, cheesy-broccoli Rice-a-Roni was a former guilty pleasure of mine.
Having my onion jam on hand, along with a good variety of cheeses which I like to have at all times, and a snazzy panini press courtesy of Cuisinart, TSM can make us a yummy, filling, easy to prepare supper for the both of us. Best of all, I can stay pleasantly medicated and he can figure out how to assemble these with very little intelligible input from me.
You *will* want this panini in your belly. Believe me when I say that your tongue will thank you for blessing it with this flavorful, melted cheese sandwich of onion and bacony splendor. It *IS* that good, it is comforting, and warm and filling. It’s a hug between two slices of bread with bacon smooches on the side. On a super cold day in which wearing two layers of flannel plus a bathrobe, socks WITH slippers doesn’t warm you up, eating this panini will. Happy belly, happy tongue, it’s all good America. It’s all good.
If you don’t have a panini press, do not fret. Just grill your sandwich in a skillet like you would if you were making a basic grilled cheese sandwich. It will taste just as good, but you’re bread choices will be a bit limited. Speaking of bread, what is your favorite bread for panini’s or grilled cheese sandwiches?
A quick note on cheeses. Please buy cheese in blocks. Pre-Shredded cheeses have additional additives and preservatives in them (wood pulp anyone? GMO corn starch? Can you say Mmmm), and it’s not worth the extra money. You can use that money instead to buy a higher quality cheese. Don’t buy a domestic Gruyere- they are mostly processed and are much softer than a good, imported Swiss Gruyere. This is the one I use most often. I actually do get it at Target because they sell 8 ounces for around $7.00 and my local grocery store sells the same thing for $14.00. If your cheese is imported from Italy, or Europe (except Spain), chances are it is already GMO free because most transgenic “foods” are banned there.
3-Cheese Onion Bacon Jam Panini’sRecipe by: Real Food Girl: Unmodified Serves: 2 Prep: 10 minutes Cook time: 5-7 minutes
- 1/2 cup prepared GMO Free Onion Bacon Jam
- 4 slices of organic sour dough bread or baguette or ciabatta rolls. (if you’re grilling these in a skillet, a sturdy white bread, like sour dough works best)
- Olive Oil
- 1/4 cup organic fontina cheese- shredded (shred your own cheese)
- 1/4 cup organic Gruyere cheese- shredded (shred your own cheese)
- 2 TB organic agedorganic white cheddar cheese- shredded (shred your own cheese)
- Preheat your panini press (or skillet).
- Lay out 4 slices of bread on a cutting board.Lightly brush one side of each slice of bread with olive oil and flip the bread over so the oil coated side is facing down, and the dry side is facing up.
- Grate cheeses into a bowl, mix lightly and set aside.
- Spread a layer of the onion bacon jam onto two of the bread slices. About 1/4 cup per slice of bread. You may add more or less- totally up to you and what you prefer.
- Sprinkle an even amount of the 3 cheese mixture on top of the onion jam layer then take remaining bread and put it on top of the cheese and onion jam slices oil side facing up.
- Place sandwich on the panini press and grill until GBD (golden brown delicious).
- This will take around 5 minutes. It may take more or less depending on the type of bread you use and/or the brand of panini press you own.
- A crusty bread like a baguette will take longer, a simple sliced bread like sour dough or wheat bread will take less time- it will also be a bit soggier than if you used a baguette, French bread or a ciabatta roll. If using a crusty roll or bread, press down on the sandwiches the last 60 seconds of “grilling” so that they’re nice and flat.
Cut in half and enjoy with a nice cup of soup. Mmm, I’m totally in the mood for these right now!
|We only had wheat bread on hand. While still very delicious, this would have tasted even better using a more substantial bread or roll.|
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