Turkey and Apple Panini
Total Recipe cost: $7.20
Servings Per Recipe: 3 (LARGE sammies, approx 6x3 inches each)
Cost per serving: $2.41
Prep time: 5 min. Cook time: 5 min. Total: 10 min.
|1 loaf, approx 6"x9"||focaccia bread||$1.50|
|9 oz.||smoked turkey, sliced||$3.00|
|.75 cup||BBQ sauce||$0.53|
|6 slices (.75 oz. each)||sharp cheddar||$1.43|
|1 medium||granny smith apple||$0.74|
STEP 1: Cut the focaccia loaf into three pieces (one for each sandwich). Slice the focaccia pieces in half to make a bottom and top for your sandwich. Set a George Foreman (or other counter top grill) to preheat for 5 minutes. If you do not have a counter top grill, an alternate method will be given at the end of the recipe.
STEP 2: Spread 2 Tbsp. of BBQ sauce on each side of the bread (1/4 cup total).
STEP 3: Wash and thinly slice the apple. Layer the turkey, apple and cheese between the two pieces of focaccia.
STEP 4: Place the sandwich in the grill, firmly press the top of the grill down and heat for 5-7 minutes.
STEP 5: Grab a couple napkins and enjoy the finger-lickin' goodness (yes, BBQ sauce is sticky so you will need to lick your fingers)!
NOTE: If you do not have a counter top grill or sandwich press, you can easily make one on the stove with a skillet and sauce pan. Simply heat a skillet that has been sprayed with non-stick spray and place a saucepan filled with water on top of the sandwich (to add weight and "press" the sandwich). When the bottom side has browned, simply turn the sandwich over and cook the other side. You will not have fancy grill marks but you will have a perfectly crispy "pressed" panini!
I used a mesquite smoked BBQ sauce and found it to be rather sweet. Experiment with different sauces to find a combo that suites your tastes. Next time I might try a more savory/spicy variety to offset the sweetness in the apple! YUM!