Thursday, April 16, 2009

Chicken pesto panini

Paninis' are a great quick meal to make when time is of the essence. The most ideal way to make paninis at the homestead is to make your own pesto, bake your own bread and use chickens that you have grown for meat. Back in the day paninis were invented from using old bread that was hard and should have been thrown out. But instead the italians took this bread and stuffed it with goodies and compressed it under high heat to exploit the crust. It was a great way to use old bread and it became very popular.
For this meal we bought some bread from the bakery. Most Paninis are made with focaccia bread, but pretty much any type of bread can be used to make paninis'. We were unable to get some, so we resorted to fresh sub rolls. In the near future we hope to bake our own breads. It will mean so much more when we can do everthing right here. As for the recipe we used:

1 chicken breast

2 rolls

5 Grape tomatoes cut in half

Pesto sauce

5 whole baby portabella sliced

1/2 cup of baby spinach

1/4 cup of grated mozzarella


Boil or grill chicken breast. Do not over cook. Slice cooked chicken breast. Cut bread into half and assemble fresh veggies and chicken slices onto bread. Paste pesto to top portion of bread. Assemble sandwhich and compress under high heat until cheese has melted.

Serve with soup, salad or chips.

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