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Michael Hoffman
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Toasted Cheese Panino Anyone? - Sat, 05/14/11 8:17 PM
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I made myself an interesting -- at least to me -- toasted cheese sandwich for a sort of dinner this evening.
 
 I started off with some rye bread and filled it with some Vermont cheddar, fontina, roasted garlic cheese, Boars Head Cajun style turkey, some dijon mustard and a slice of tomato. I then buttered one slice of the bread and put the sandwich, butter side down in a hot grill pan, placed a foil-wrapped brick on top of the sandwich and grilled till the bottom slice of bread had toasted. Then I lifted the brick, buttered the top slice, turned the sandwich over, topped it again with the brick and toasted till the other side was nice and browned. It was terrific with a glass of Sam Adams Boston ale.
 
Basically, my toasted cheese sandwich was a panino. My ale was an ale.

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Re:Toasted Cheese Panino Anyone? - Sat, 05/14/11 9:29 PM
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Sounds absolutely fabulous, Mr.Hoffman.Made my stomach grumble just reading your description!
By the way, did you ever get thr leiderkrantz you ordered from Wisconsin?

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Re:Toasted Cheese Panino Anyone? - Sat, 05/14/11 10:00 PM
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I did. It's as I remembered it.
 

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Re:Toasted Cheese Panino Anyone? - Sat, 05/14/11 10:26 PM
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Cleaning out the fridge?
 
 

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Re:Toasted Cheese Panino Anyone? - Sat, 05/14/11 10:28 PM
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Sort of. Getting ready for a trip I thought was off.
 
No, actually, I bought the Fontina and the Boars Head turkey specifically to make the sandwich.

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Re:Toasted Cheese Panino Anyone? - Sat, 05/14/11 10:53 PM
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makes me want a late snack and I have most of the ingredients!!!!

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Re:Toasted Cheese Panino Anyone? - Sat, 05/14/11 10:58 PM
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chickenplucker


makes me want a late snack and I have most of the ingredients!!!!

It was pretty good, and I didn't even miss the tomato soup.

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Re:Toasted Cheese Panino Anyone? - Sat, 05/14/11 11:03 PM
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I forgot to mention that It sounds perfectly acceptable. Did all of the cheeses meld?

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Re:Toasted Cheese Panino Anyone? - Sat, 05/14/11 11:06 PM
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Yes. I'm sure the weight had a lot to do with that.
 

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Re:Toasted Cheese Panino Anyone? - Sat, 05/14/11 11:14 PM
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Hot brick?

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Re:Toasted Cheese Panino Anyone? - Sat, 05/14/11 11:15 PM
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Did you use a recipe?

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Re:Toasted Cheese Panino Anyone? - Sat, 05/14/11 11:17 PM
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A recipe? Me? Not hardly.
 
Not that I have anything against recipes. In fact, sometimes I find them very interesting.
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Re:Toasted Cheese Panino Anyone? - Sat, 05/14/11 11:23 PM
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 Sometimes you just have to use one.

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Re:Toasted Cheese Panino Anyone? - Sat, 05/14/11 11:29 PM
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True. But if I do I mainly use them as jumping off points.
 
 

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Re:Toasted Cheese Panino Anyone? - Sun, 05/15/11 12:12 AM
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annpeeples

By the way, did you ever get thr leiderkrantz you ordered from Wisconsin?

I understand that UPS had to destroy the truck that delivered it! Couldn't get the smell out of it!
This just in from the "Useless Knowledge Dept"---Liederkranz was created in 1891 by Emil Frey (1867–1951), a young Swiss cheesemaker in Monroe, New York. He also created Velveeta there in 1923.

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Re:Toasted Cheese Panino Anyone? - Sun, 05/15/11 12:53 AM
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Here is the website with the entire story of Emil Frey and Liederkranz (and Velveeta):
http://www.monroecheesefestival.com/history.shtml

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Re:Toasted Cheese Panino Anyone? - Sun, 05/15/11 2:50 AM
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6star,
THANX! I love reading about food history. It's an interesting story.

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Re:Toasted Cheese Panino Anyone? - Sun, 05/15/11 7:31 AM
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Michael, That sounds like one great sandwich! I feel the same way about recipes. I love to read them but don't usually use them.

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Re:Toasted Cheese Panino Anyone? - Sun, 05/15/11 8:11 AM
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Sounds pretty cheesy to me---but Giant fans often are.
Now you take my Brooklyn Dodgers, now there was a team.
 
Spent a weekend at a German B&B in Pencil-van-eye-A with my parents---long, long ago. One bedroom MID two double beds--one for my brother and me UND one for the "old folks".
 
At night the "old folks" would have a nightcap---Limburger on pumpernickel MID raw onions and a few steins of beer.    The bedroom stunk.
 

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Re:Toasted Cheese Panino Anyone? - Sun, 05/15/11 11:14 AM
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Right. There WAS a team. Now the current iteration of Dodgers is mired near the bottomof its division while the New York Giants are in first place in that division.
 
And what's not wonderful about the glorious aroma of limberger and onions?

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Re:Toasted Cheese Panino Anyone? - Sun, 05/15/11 1:40 PM
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agnesrob


Michael, That sounds like one great sandwich! I feel the same way about recipes. I love to read them but don't usually use them.

Thank you Ma'am.


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Re:Toasted Cheese Panino Anyone? - Sun, 05/15/11 3:59 PM
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Michael Hoffman


True. But if I do I mainly use them as jumping off points.




I have one of those points for you, it's in Mexico and involves a speedo......That would be the Roadfood photo of the year

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Re:Toasted Cheese Panino Anyone? - Sun, 05/15/11 5:10 PM
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Sounds as if you're battling a gypsy moth in your Speedo.

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Re:Toasted Cheese Panino Anyone? - Sun, 05/15/11 5:36 PM
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Michael Hoffman


Sounds as if you're battling a gypsy moth in your Speedo.

I doubt it, PNWCHEF puts on a Speedo, even the skeeters keep their distance!

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Re:Toasted Cheese Panino Anyone? - Sun, 05/15/11 5:53 PM
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Chewy, only when I wear my fish net speedo.........

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Re:Toasted Cheese Panino Anyone? - Mon, 05/16/11 12:52 PM
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PNWCHEF


Chewy, only when I wear my fish net speedo.........

While cooking?


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Re:Toasted Cheese Panino Anyone? - Mon, 05/16/11 12:53 PM
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Michael Hoffman


I made myself an interesting -- at least to me -- toasted cheese sandwich for a sort of dinner this evening.

I started off with some rye bread and filled it with some Vermont cheddar, fontina, roasted garlic cheese, Boars Head Cajun style turkey, some dijon mustard and a slice of tomato. I then buttered one slice of the bread and put the sandwich, butter side down in a hot grill pan, placed a foil-wrapped brick on top of the sandwich and grilled till the bottom slice of bread had toasted. Then I lifted the brick, buttered the top slice, turned the sandwich over, topped it again with the brick and toasted till the other side was nice and browned. It was terrific with a glass of Sam Adams Boston ale.

Basically, my toasted cheese sandwich was a panino. My ale was an ale.

You could use some bacon on this bad boy!


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Re:Toasted Cheese Panino Anyone? - Mon, 05/16/11 1:52 PM
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I'll leave that for you to add when you put my sandwich on your menu.

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Re:Toasted Cheese Panino Anyone? - Mon, 06/27/11 10:45 AM
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Kudos on the Cajun Turkey. Cajun and cheese is a beautiful thing :)

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Re:Toasted Cheese Panino Anyone? - Tue, 07/26/11 4:18 AM
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You want your cheese against your bread, preferably on both sides because that is your glue and without it, your panini will not stick together. You want to minimize ingredients with a lot of liquid, like fresh tomatoes. If you use tomatoes, cut or squeeze out the seeds (and juicy stuff that surrounds them).

You don't really need mayo because of the cheese, but if you want it for flavor, put it inside the sandwich not between the cheese and bread.

The lettuce will only wilt when it's heated, so you'll want to pull your panini apart and add the lettuce after you grill it if you must. Lettuce is more of a fresh sandwich ingredient, not a grilled sandwich ingredient.

Don't use foil. If you're concerned with sticking, use a little olive oil in your panini plates or on your bread.
 
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