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Monday, April 16, 2012

Pepperoni Pizza Panini


Panini's have become a favorite at our house. They are quick and everyone loves them. I can be
a gourmet chef and serve them with soup or salad or I can be quick and "thoughtless" and
throw some potato chips on the side...either way, they are a huge hit!

Pepperoni Pizza Panini
1 package sliced pepperoni
8 slices of bread ( any bread with a little substance, I use homemade, don't use the fluffy stuff...this won't work with that)
8 slices of Mozzarella cheese
1 small jar thick pizza sauce


Preheat panini press (instructions on how to make these withOUT a press will follow these instructions) for 6 minutes or until "ready" light kicks on.
To make sandwiches, butter the back sides of the bread, like you would for a grilled cheese sandwich. On one slice of bread, (in order)- spread a small amount of pizza sauce on the inside of each slice of bread (opposite to buttered side) 1 slice of cheese, pepperoni, then another slice of cheese, then top with another slice of bread (that inside has been spread with pizza sauce). MAKE sure that the butter is on the OUTSIDE of each slice of bread.

Place sandwich in panini press and cook until bread is toasted and crisp (mine took approximately 4-5 minutes).

*To make sandwich without a press-assemble sandwich as directed above. Place sandwich in a frying pan, butter side down. Place a smaller sauce pan (the heavier the better) on top of sandwich, pressing sandwich down (I placed a large can of tomato juice (still in the can) in my sauce pan to add more weight...you could use whatever you had) Cook until the one side is browned and then turn sandwich over, repeating if necessary to melt the cheese. I've made panini's like this several times and it works like a charm.

Julie~

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