Amanda's favorite paninis in the WORLD! (so far at least...)

As was mentioned in the "Focaccia versus Focaccia bread" entry, my favorite paninis used to come from the Blue Note Cafe. Unfortunately, as the cafe has closed, I am forced to look elsewhere for the tasty paninis. I requested the recipe from the owner and tried it out for myself. It was incredible! Now you can try it too!!!

Before we assemble our panini, we need to make the special tomato sauce.

1 medium tomato
1 tbsp Italian seasoning
1 tsp salt

Take one medium tomato and blend it using either a Blending Stick or a food processor. Season with Italian Seasoning and salt to taste. Refrigerate until chilled. If necessary, add tomato paste to thicken it up.

Now to create our panini!
1 triangle of the homemade focaccia bread, cut in half (width-wise, as in make it skinnier)
2-3 slices of deli turkey (I like smoked turkey the best)
1-2 slices of provolone (if using one slice, cut it in half)
2 tbsp tomato sauce (see recipe above)

Take your sliced focaccia bread and lay it flat on a plate with the "insides" facing up. Spread the tomato sauce on each half of the bread. Then place provolone on each half. Finally, add the turkey and put the two halves together.
Cook on a Foreman Grill / Panini press for about 2-3 minutes or until golden brown on the outside and melted on the inside.
Allow to cool slightly before eating.
Enjoy with everything from fruit salad to potato chips and dip to soup or salad.

Note: the pictures show both kinds of focaccia bread (store bought and home-made), but the process is the same for either style.


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