Ham & Cheese “Panini”

ham and cheese "panini"When I am too lazy to cook and my cupboards are bare, I make “paninis.” These aren’t the traditional paninis because I use pita bread. The pita bread holds all the good stuff inside and makes it easier to eat for the kids. Below are two that I do often, but you can add any combination of ingredients.

About a pound of ham and cheese will make about 6-8 paninis (depending on how cheesy you like them)

My Kids Like:
Sliced Black Forest Ham 1/4″ thick
Sliced Provolone
Sliced black olives
Roasted Red Peppers
Whole Wheat Pita
Olive Oil

I like:
Sliced Black Forest Ham 1/4″ thick
16oz of Gruyere
2 Granny Smith Apples, sliced thinly
Spicy mustard or fig jam (depending if you want something sweet or spicy)
Olive Oil

You can use a panini pan, but if you don’t have one I use two 12-inch skillets.

Slice pita in half. Layer inside the pita: cheese, clive of ham, toppings if you have any, and then cheese.
Brush both sides with olive oil.
Heat skillet to medium.
Place panini in pan for 2 minutes until lightly browned. Then place the bottom of the second skillet on top of it to flatten it for 10 seconds.
Flip heat other side for 2 minutes, and flatten for 10 seconds.

Repeat for the remaining “paninis.”
Serve with mixed greens.

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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."


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