Turkey & Brie Panini

Welcome to The Week of No Grocery Shopping.  Also known as:  The First Week after the Holidays, The Week after our First Rent Payment was Due, & last but not least, The Week of HELL at Work.

Between the holidays, work stress, and just generally being poor… I’ve decided not to go grocery shopping this week.  I know I have a ton of food that I’ve stocked our new apartment up with, it shouldn’t be that bad, right?

After finishing the last of our frozen chicken breasts and seafood earlier this week, I wasn’t left with much to choose from for dinner last night.  The decision came down to three different things:  Pasta, Eggs, or Sandwich.  With the addition of the Panini Maker to our appliances last month… the choice was easily made:  PANINI!!!

Turkey & Brie Panini

What you’ll need (per sandwich):

2 Slices Wheat Bread (I’ve been using Arnold’s Double Fiber 100% Whole Wheat)

3-4 oz Sliced Deli Turkey (Dietz&Watson Smoked Turkey, I also used up the last slice of Honey Ham we had!)

1-2 oz Brie Cheese

1 Tablespoon Jam (I used Apricot-Balsamic from the farmers market, another good suggestion would be TJ’s Fig Butter)

1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard


Heat the Panini Press on HIGH.  Let heat until the light indicates it’s ready.  Put the sandwich together, then spray both sides of the sandwich with just a touch of Pam.  Place on the panini press and PRESS down.  Wait about 4-5 minutes, flip, and press down again, letting it sit this time for only another minute.  Cut and serve. 

TB Panini

MMM!  This was a great way to make a boring dinner (what would normally be a lunch I guess!) special.  If you don’t have a Panini Maker, you could do this on a grill pan on the stove, using the bottom of a smaller, heavy pan ontop of the sandwich.  We did get ours for like $10 from Macy’s… it’s the best.

I can’t wait to see what other kinds of yummy sandwich creations come out of our kitchen next!  Here are three from my fav. Food Network chefs that I’m dying to try out…

Giada’s Chocolate Strawberry Panini 

Tyler’s Cobb Salad Panini

Rachael’s Outside-In Pizza Panini

You might also be interested in these other sandwiches and quick meals…

Salami Omelette (Leftovers!)

Salami Omelette

Portobello Burger w/ Balsamic Glaze

Portobello Burger w/ Balsamic Glaze



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