On the occasional opportunity that I go out to eat, I enjoy trying new things and getting fresh ideas. Isn't it true, even with a simple meal, that it always tastes better from a restaurant or when someone else prepares it for you. It’s like they have a secret ingredient or a special way of preparing it, so there’s no way to duplicate it yourself!! Well, I’m going to give it a try…I’m calling this foodie piece “Ditto That Dish!”
Recently, I was inspired by this very tasty Panini, pictured below, from Mendoberri Café and Wine Bar. It was made with Ham, Dill Havarti Cheese and Dill Pickles on Ciabatta Bread. The dill Havarti cheese and the Ciabatta bread is what won me over with this pretty simple sammie. I figured, I’d pick up these ingredients and "ditto that dish."
Now, here's the best part and a little trick if you don't have a Panini grill or press - just make your own! I used my grill pan, but you can use a regular frying pan, as well.
Heat up your pan on medium high heat and prepare the pan with a little cooking spray and set your constructed sandwich in the pan. To create that "pressed" crunchy, gooey sandwich, just place a small plate on top of the sandwich. Then grab, straight from your pantry, a large heavy jar or can and place on top of the plate. Voila, instant Panini grill!
Flip and grill the other side until browned and crispy. Plate along with a side salad and "Ditto That Dish" is busted!
I made a leaner Panini, but honestly, it was nearly as good as the restaurant version. Of course, simple as it is, it's still fun going out with friends and enjoying the pleasure of having your meal prepared for you!
-Ditto That Dish Completed-
Feel free to share a square!