Pizza Sandwich

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Hi.  My name is Jenny and I enjoy food that tastes good in a hurry.

I was blessed with a Cuisnart Panini maker for Mother’s Day and I’ve been using it like crazy for the past few weeks.  Having such a fancy new tool in my arsenal of kitchen stuff  make’s me feel almost illegally happy.

…but that doesn’t take much!

I can’t say I invented this pizza sandwich, but I’m proud to brag that it came to me in a moment of “Oh Crap, what is my 2 year old going to eat for dinner.”  Running out of nuggets was a blessing in disguise…now these sandwiches are requested more than anything else (“Pizza Sandwich, Mom! Pweeeeeees!!”).

Disclaimer: This is not fancy.  This is not special.  This is only super yummy and easy.  I make them for myself frequently.

This sandwich takes only about 8 minutes to make

  • While your panini grill is firing up, get out 2 pieces of bread, mozzarella (shredded or otherwise) and some pizza or marinara sauce.
  • Sauce both faces of the bread liberally.
  • Add a pile of cheese (and any toppings)
  • Assemble sandwich and place in panini maker.
  • Cook for 4-6 minutes (until cheese is melted and starting to ooze out).
  • Eat….and realize how freaking awesome 3 little ingredients can be!  For the visual learners, here’s a photo tutorial.  Scroll to the bottom for a few tips!

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Tips on making the perfect pizza sandwich:

1) DO NOT butter the outsides of the bread (one of the very few things in life that butter does not improve).  It took me many paninis to realize the sogginess was a result of buttering the bread.  Lightly dust the panini plates with some cooking spray, if desired.

2) Use bakery fresh bread.  Makes all the difference.

3) A sprinkle of Italian seasonings on the cheese tastes great.

4) If making for kids, this is a great one to sneak a few spinach leaves into.  They’ll never know!

5)Let your panini get screaming hot first.  Otherwise the bread won’t have that crunch.

What are the tried-and-trusted sandwiches in your home??

 

Quick and Easy Breakfast Sandwich – No pan needed!

So there is nothing ‘ultimate’ or totally-over-the-top-amazing about this sandwich.  But, it’s quick, it’s easy and it’s really tasty, if you enjoy simple things like melted cheese.  It seems like we have been so busy lately that breakfasts have become pretty lack luster.  That’s why this little sandwich has been showing up at the table in our house.  Super simple…here we go.

You’ll Need:

1 egg

1 tsp milk (preferably not skim)

slight dash of Lawry’s Seasonings

1 piece of American Cheese

1 English Muffin

Butter (for your muffin)

Begin by combining the egg, milk and Lawry’s in a small bowl and scramble them up.

Spray a small ramekin with non-stick cooking spray.

 

Pour the egg mixture into the ramekin.

 

Place the ramekin in the microwave for 30-40 seconds or until the egg is fully cooked.  You’ll have to experiment with exact times…my microwave does it perfectly in 38 seconds, but yours may be different.  It will blow up huge, like a marshmallow during the cooking process, don’t be scared (or grossed out)…it’ll be yummy.  It should look like this when it’s done.

Place the egg on your toasted and buttered english muffin and slap a piece of cheese  on it…good to go (I recommend not burning your muffin like I did on this sandwich)!

 

Here are some variations for this with this handy breakfast that are also quite good:

Add a few small bits of feta to your egg before cooking and add a slice of tomato to the sandwich.

Add bacon, sausage or ham to make it a ‘proper’ breakfast sandwich.

Use a bagel or toast instead of an English muffin.

Get crazy and make yourself a personalized sandwich…and relish in the fact that you don’t have to clean a pan afterwards!