Saturday, January 23, 2010

Marinated Artichoke Heart, Ham, and Provolone Panini

There is nothing like a toasty, hot sandwich on a cold, rainy day.
Besides what could be better than Ham, Salami and Provolone Cheese
on a few slices of fresh Italian bread. This panini makes you feel
like you are having lunch in a wonderful New York deli.

Marinated Artichoke Heart, Ham, and Provolone Panini
Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons minced fresh oregano leaves, or 1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
12 slices ciabatta bread, or other rustic Italian white bread, thinly sliced
6 ounces thinly sliced provolone
1 (6-ounce) jar marinated artichoke hearts, drained and sliced
2 ounces thinly sliced genoa salami

Whisk 6 tablespoons of the olive oil, vinegar, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper in a small bowl to blend. Arrange the slices of bread on a flat work surface and, using a brush, divide the vinaigrette equally among 1 side of each slice. Divide the provolone equally among the bread slices. Top 6 of the slices of bread equally with the sliced artichoke hearts and sliced genoa salami and then place the remaining 6 slices on top. Brush the outsides of each sandwich with some of the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

Heat a grill, large skillet or grill pan over medium heat.

Add the sandwiches and cook until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted, pressing occasionally to compact with a large spatula or the bottom of a heavy small saucepan, about 4 to 5 minutes per side.

Escape from the usual and give this panini a try ~ you'll love it!

1 comment:

Marsha said...

That looks awesome, Sharona. Yum!