Friday, August 24, 2007
Bustin' Out the George Foreman
I can probably count on one hand the number of times I've used our George Foreman grill. Someone gave it to my husband before we got married almost 3 yrs ago. Since we moved in our house it's been shoved in the back of a bottom cabinet in my kitchen collecting dust along with all the other random small appliances I have and don't use like our milkshake maker. Well I finally found a use for the old Foreman grill tonight. I had some leftover grilled chicken from a couple nights ago when I attempted, unsuccessfully, to make chicken alfredo. The alfredo part turned out just awful but the grilled chicken was actually very good so I managed to salvage part of that dinner. Anyway, I also had half a loaf of Italian bread leftover as well. I decided grilled chicken paninis might be a good way to use up those two things. Since I don't have a panini press, I thought the George Foreman might do a good job. It worked quite well actually. The bread toasted very nicely and the cheese got all melty and gooey. It turned out to be a really good dinner. I made some oven fries to go along with our paninis too.
Here's how I made the paninis.
Grilled Chicken Paninis with Smoked Ham, Provolone, and Honey Mustard
1 chicken breast, grilled and cut into slices (I had seasoned it with salt, pepper, and garlic powder when I grilled them)
2 slices smoked ham
4 pieces provolone cheese (swiss would be great on this too)
4 pieces day old Italian bread, about 1/2" thick
2 Tbsp honey mustard (recipe follows)
a couple pats of butter
1/3 cup yellow mustard
1/4 cup honey
6 dashes worcestershire sauce
Whisk to combine.
Begin by spreading a little of the honey mustard on one piece of the Italian bread. Layer one piece of cheese, 1/2 of the grilled chicken, one piece of ham, and another piece of cheese on the bread. Spread more honey mustard on a second piece of bread and place on top of the layers of meat and cheese. Butter both pieces of bread on the outside and place in the grill, panini press, or on your stove top griddle. When both sides are toasted and the cheese is melted, remove from the grill. Repeat to make another sandwich. Cut on a diagonal and serve warm.