Those Hot Summer Nights Mean Its Panini Time

Grilled Italian Sandwich - photo from Foodland Ontario

THUNDER BAY – As the hot summer days continue, having a fast, easy and tasty meal can mean delicious sandwiches. The panini, as our Italian friends call the sandwich is a great dinner, or lunch choice. So, get out the napkins. This full-meal sandwich is messy to eat, but delicious. Get everything ready to go, so once the barbecuing is finished, it’s easy to layer the sandwich. Any leftovers are delicious the next day.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes

Grilling Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 4 to 6

  • 4 oz (125 g) very thin Ontario Turkey or Veal Scaloppini
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) each dried basil and oregano leaves
  • Pinch each salt and black pepper
  • 1 Ontario Sweet Red Pepper, cored and cut into 4 wide strips
  • 1 round sourdough or Italian loaf, about 7 inches (18 cm) across
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) black olive paste (tapenade)
  • 1 Ontario Tomato, thinly sliced
  • Half pkg (130 g pkg) Ontario Goat Cheese, crumbled
  • 1 Ontario Pear, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup (250 mL) coarsely shredded Ontario Lettuce

Preparation Instructions:

If turkey is not thinly sliced, pound to make it thinner. In small bowl, stir together oil, basil, oregano, salt and pepper; brush over both sides of turkey and inside of pepper pieces. Place on greased grill over medium-high heat; grill until turkey is no longer pink inside and pepper begins to soften, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

Slice loaf in half to form top and bottom. Using fingers, hollow out bread, leaving 1-inch (2.5 cm) sides. Hollowed out bread can be ground to make crumbs. Spread inside of both halves with olive paste. Place pepper on bottom half. Layer with turkey, tomato, goat cheese, pear then lettuce. Finish with top of bread. Squish together. Using serrated knife, cut into 4 to 6 wedges.

Nutritional Information:

1 Serving (when recipe serves 6):

  • Protein: 11 grams
  • Fat: 8 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 30 grams
  • Calories: 233
  • Fibre: 3 grams

Thanks to Foodland Ontario for the recipe. For more tasty recipes you can enjoy with Ontario’s best, visit Foodland Ontario online.

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