Monday, January 7, 2013

Avocado-Pesto Panini Recipe

Sandwich Day!

"Can I share with you my worldview? All of humankind has one thing in common: the sandwich. I believe that all anyone really wants in this life is to sit in peace and eat a sandwich.” -Liz Lemon, 30 Rock




Who doesn't love sandwiches? This is our newest favorite, very easy to make and I'm sure could be embellished upon, hmm, think sun-dried tomatoes or roast chicken. Nom nom nom.



Avocado-Pesto Panini (Makes: 2 servings/sandwiches) 

4 slices sourdough bread (or italian or ciabatta)
2 tablespoons butter
1 avocado
2 handfulls baby spinach leaves
crumbled feta cheese
8 oz. basil pesto 

1. Spread the basil pesto on one side of each the bread slices, then crumble feta cheese over. 

2. Slice avocado in half, use a spoon to loosen the flesh away from skin and make long slices down the avocado. Distribute 1/2 of avocado per sandwich. 

3. Put small handful of baby spinach leaves on other bread slice. 

4. "Assemble" your sandwich. Get a medium or large skillet and place over medium heat. When heated, melt 1/2 tablespoon in the skillet. 



5. When butter is melted and foam has subsided, place your sandwich in the skillet. Or if you have a panini press, use it. Press down on the sandwich with a large spatula. Or, you can put a plate upside down, over the sandwich and weigh it down with a can to distribute the weight. Do so for 2-4 minutes. 

6. When toasted, transfer to a plate. Put another 1/2 tablespoon of butter on the skillet and melt,  then flip the sandwich back into the skillet. Cook under skillet or plate for 1-2 minutes until toasted. 

7. Repeat with second sandwich. Serve!


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