Instructor, Blogger, Author, Personal Chef, bringing tradition and authenticity of regional Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Tunisian, Greek, Turkish, and Moroccan cuisine to the table. I blend traditional recipes with new and innovative ingredients to create flavorful and aromatic foods, all prepared to your tastes and desires.
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How to transform a normal sandwich into a "gourmet" panino?
Panino with smoked turkey swiss cheese fresh arugula and grape tomatoes
Let's begin by saying that there are no
laws but only golden rules. A golden rule is always to use the principles of
common sense and good taste. The perfect match is what you like. I don't want
to give you the recipe for the absolute panino, but I’ll try to explain what
makes a panino successful.
·Buy the bread the
same day from a bakery ant not wrapped in plastic on a shelf.
·Be sure the bread
is fresh by squeezing it; it should bounce back at the touch.
·Before you begin
assembling the panino, taste the bread determine what ingredients will taste good
and fit in nicely in that bread.
·Decide who the
star of the panino is going to be before buying ingredients.Is the star the bread? The filling? The olive
oil? The condiments? The entire panino?
·Use only good
quality cold cuts that have been just sliced that day, no cold cuts in plastic
covers for our panini.
·Use good quality, ripe, and fresh vegetables such as
tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, arugula, spring onions, caramelized onions, etc.
·Make your own dressing with a good quality olive oil.
·Experiment by using other types of dressing such as freshly
made hummus, balsamic and olive oil dressing, garlic and saffron mayo, a light
pesto, lemon and garlic, and more. Stay away from dressing in jars or bottles.
·Make sure that you have enough ingredients that compliment
the bread, but not so much that you cannot balance and eat with 2 hands.
·Make mini sandwiches using various ingredients to test until you
achieve what you love best.
·Once you have achieved success, have a panini party and
invite your favorite people.Pair it
with a good beer or wine.