Oh hai guys! Look at this delicious specimen, would yah? Oh man, oh man. This is what I get out of the most brilliant Christmas gift I’ve ever given.
So The BF has mentioned several times in passing over the years how much he adores paninis, or any pressed sandwich/burrito/quesadilla/what-have-you. So for Valentine’s last year I was going to get him a fancy cast iron panini press. But then he asked for a flask, and I always support his drinking habit so he got that instead. Because he has a January birthday he has to wait allllll the way until Christmas before he gets another gift.
Lucky for him, I start planning for Christmas around, oh, let’s be generous and say April….ish. So The panini press was always there in the back of my mind. Then I go and make those
God-awful wonderful pierogies and Mike’s uncle made us these delicious buffalo chicken paninis. I asked him how he did and he goes, “Oh, I just take the waffle inserts from my waffle maker out and flip them around to the flat griddle side and press them that way.”
[facepalm] Seriously? I have a waffle iron. With removable inserts with flat griddles on the back. And yet I had shelled out for a fancy cast iron panini press for The BF for Christmas already! Oh well.
Turns out, my gift was brilliant anyway for two reasons. 1) The BF is actually stoked to use it (he’s made me two meals already) and 2) Because we have limited cabinet space it sits on top of the stove in its corresponding cast iron griddle so it’s always in his line of sight. Which means he’s more inclined to use it (unlike the waffle iron that sits undisturbed under the sink).
So ladies, if you want your man to make you more meals, just buy him the utensil or gadget that will aid in the making of his favorite meal, and violá! Instant domestic training for your fella. (It’s worked so well over here that The BF has sworn to make me dinner at least once a month in 2013 with a potential upgrade to once a week!)
*Just a Note: Obviously you can omit the bacon and make this vegetarian. Or use Tofacon. Is that what they call it? It is now.
- 1 Portabella mushroom, sliced into strips
- handful of asparagus
- 3 slices of bacon
- ½ tomato sliced thin with excess water/seeds removed
- crumbled Gorgonzola
- In a small bowl toss your mushroom slices with olive oil, salt and pepper. Set aside. Meanwhile heat a skillet over medium heat and cook your bacon until crisp. Drain, let cool and then crumble.
- Add the mushroom slices to the pan that had the bacon in it and cook just until tender. Remove to a colander set over a bowl or in the sink and let drain.
- Sautée the asparagus until tender in the same pan, then set aside to drain.
- Heat a cast iron skillet and the corresponding panini press over medium heat until hot.
- In a wrap, layer on your ingredients however you like (we found the less cheese we used the more preferable the sandwich, just because the blue cheese flavor was a little overwhelming).
- Fold it up like a burrito (one side in then both sides around). Place seam side down in the pan and place the panini press on top. Let cook for two minutes.
- Flip and rotate to get even grill marks on both side. Serve warm.