You know me, I’m always playing with, and loving, my Hamilton Beach Panini Press Gourmet Sandwich Maker. But this afternoon, I took it for a ride that neither one of us were too sure of.
I kept saying, “Trust me. Been doing this for ages,” and P.P. (He goes by his initials – come on, wouldn’t you if your name was Panini Press?) kept saying, “I – just – don’t – know –” As it turned out, I was so totally right! The panini I built today goes down in history as one of my own personal best.
I heated up the Panini Press and lightly buttered the top and bottom. I would have gone with Olive Oil but, somehow, I ran out of this wonderful staple. Oh, well… I’m never out of butter, so butter it was.
I spread a little spicy brown mustard on one slice of my Sarah Lee White Whole Wheat bread and placed it onto the buttered press. Then I added a slice of “Buffalo Chicken” deli meat (from Kroger’s deli). Any sliced chicken sandwich meat would suffice, but this was extra, extra special. On top of the chicken, I spread a little Cattlemen’s Smokehouse Barbecue Sauce (sensational BBQ sauce). Then I placed a slice of Sargento White Cheddar cheese on top of the Cattlemen’s. Then… now this is where P.P. nearly fell off the counter – I spread a tablespoon of leftover coleslaw on top of the White Cheddar cheese. I caught the press as it started to commit Harry Carry and topped the whole production off with the other piece of bread.
I cooked it until the texture amused me, then sat the deliciously aromatic sandwich on my cutting board – allowing it to get its bearings for a minute. Then I cut him in half, plated him with a few pickles and sat down to see how the experiment turned out. Two minutes (at most) later, I was kicking myself for only making one. I generally never eat much at a time – especially since a recent dental extraction – but I seriously wanted a second sandwich right then and there.
The different flavors mingled and tingled and created one of the best – if not the best – panini I’ve ever tasted. The coleslaw gave a wonderful crunch in the background of a delicious party being thrown by some of my personal favorites: remarkable deli luncheon meat, Cattlemen’s extraordinary bbq sauce, and Sargento’s white cheddar cheese, a flat-out addiction. Also, Sarah Lee makes the best bread known to man. Or woman. Or Panini Presses.
The buffalo chicken could have been replaced just as splendidly with smoked turkey or smoked chicken. Give this one a try – and don’t you dare leave out the coleslaw. Grab an individual size from KFC or Long John Silver’s if you don’t have any made up.