This dinner was a huge hit at my house! It's funny because sometimes, I'll make the "fanciest", most complex meals and the reviews are so-so but this...a simple dinner I whipped together in 5 minutes was talked about for two days after. Go figure! This is all about taking the right ingredients and combining them to make the perfect panini...this is simple. I used my panini press (my Aunt Pam bought me one for Christmas when I was 9 months pregnant with Smith...that's all I wanted...does that sound like a pregnant gal or what?!) but if you don't have a panini press, you can simply place your panini in a skillet over medium-high heat and then place another skillet (because it's heavy) on top of the panini to "press" it down. You'll flip it over after about 3 minutes and repeat. Very easy! This makes 4 paninis.
1 loaf of sourdough bread, sliced
1 pound chopped, cooked chicken (I used fajita chicken like this)
2 cups spinach leaves
1 jar sun dried tomatoes
1 container of good quality pesto (or make your own like this)
1 cup Mozzarella cheese, shredded
Preheat your panini press or large skillet. Lightly spray with Pam.
Take two slices of bread and spread pesto over one side of each, top one slice with chicken, spinach, tomatoes and sprinkle with cheese. Top with the second slice of bread. Place sandwich under the panini press for about 5 minutes or until golden and the cheese is melted. Slice in half and serve with your favorite chips.
That's it! This is more like an assembly line dinner than anything else. You're just taking good quality store-bought ingredients and combining them to make a great panini. If you use a good sourdough bread, good pesto and great cheese, the results are out of this world. Great bread is found in your bakery department and good pesto is found either by the deli or by the refrigerated pasta in the grocery store.
And do I even have to mention the mixing and matching you can do here? Change out the meat, change out the toppings, change out the cheese, change out the bread...change it up and you have dozens of new dinner ideas. Happy eating!