Monday, November 28, 2011

Breakfast Panini



Hi Everyone!
Today's recipe is a breakfast Panini! Super easy and a great alternative to start  your mornings!

Makes 1 panini (could be enough to feed 2 persons)
 Ingredients:

2 slices white old fashion bread ( or any bread you like)
1 egg
1 bacon slice (I'm using turkey bacon)
2 slices of cheese ( I'm using colby jack cheese)
1/2 teaspoon butter
2 tablespoon shredded parmesan cheese
1 slice 1/4 inch thick of Smoke Turkey Ham
1/4 cup of baby spring mix (baby greens or lettuce)
2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/3 of cup of green bellpeppers mix with onion (I'm using the frozen kind,use fresh if you want to.)

1 tablespoon milk
salt and black pepper to taste

Beat the egg with the milk and season with black pepper to taste and a pinch of salt. (Do not add too much salt, we will be adding some Parmesan cheese later on... and the cheese is kind of salty.) Set aside.

In skillet on medium low heat, cook the egg mixture for about 2 minutes, flip it around and cook for 30 seconds.  Add the Parmesan cheese over one half of the omelet, cook for 30 more seconds, fold the omelete in half, and cook for 30 more seconds. Remove it from the heat. Set aside for a minute.

Cook the ham and the bacon until slightly brown. 3 minutes on each side.
In the same skillet, melt the butter and cook the bell peppers and onions for 2-3 minutes, just to warm them through.

Let's build the Panini...

Spread the Dijon mustard over the bread slices.

Top one of the slices with the omelette, add the mixture of bell peppers and top it with a slice of cheese.

Top the second one with the ham, followed by the baby greens and the second slice of cheese, top it with the bacon. Put both sides together.

If you have a panini maker, go ahead and press your panini.
If you don't have a panini  maker, you can cook your Panini on a large skillet, a gridlle, a toaster oven or a regular oven.

On a skillet or a griddle: add a teaspoon of olive oil or butter, toast your Panini until golden brown on the bottom, flip around and  continue to toast the second side, press down with your spatula or with a second skillet to flatten it up.  Let the Panini get nice and brown on both side, and let the cheese melt. 3-4 minutes first side. Second side will take less to toast since it will be pressed down. (2 min.)

In a toaster oven or regular oven: Preheat oven to 375ºF.  Bake Panini until golden brown and the cheese has melted. (5 minutes) If you want your Panini to be flat like a Panini should be, just top it with a larger cast iron skillet as soon as it goes into the oven.

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