Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Turkey Panini with Hot Mango Chutney

I love stuff, but I hate too much stuff. Nothing drives me more crazy than clutter, and above all, I hate kitchen gadgets. Opening my cabinet and having to move three things to get to one thing...ugh.

So it's not too difficult for me to take a pass on the George Foreman grill, the Magic Bullet, and the Ginsu knives--though I must admit I recently bought a (very small) cherry pitter that I love. Recently, I tasted a Panini sandwich for the first time and knew I wanted to try making one at home. I wanted to make a Panini without a Panini maker. After a few days of contemplating this conundrum, a bolt of lighting. The waffle iron!

Janet's Clutter-Free Panini
Use a sturdy bread like sourdough or french bread (I made my own but you may not be as crazy as me). Layer turkey, provolone cheese, and thinly sliced red onion. Squish down in your ungreased waffle iron until it's toasted. Open up the sandwich and spread with fig or mango chutney.


  1. I too most ofen pass on crazy gadgets, but I have to admit that I have a panini press in the form of the Cuisinart Griddler. It has interchangeable plates, so you can use it as a flat griddle, an open grill, a closed flat press, and a closed panini maker. It's nice to have, though we don't often make paninis on it!

  2. awesome! such a great idea... i too hate having too many kitchen gadgets. you never end up using all of them and your kitchen cabinets get filled with clutter.



  3. Good idea. They also have cast iron griddles with the hash marks in them that are relatively flat and don't take up much room in the cabinet. Personally, I'd ditch our waffle iron if I could, since I prefer pancakes and the waffle iron takes up a lot of room. But Heidi uses it, so it stays.