Sunday, September 8, 2013

Gluten-free Panini - a Safe Starches option

Panini are great little Italian grilled sandwiches.  Warm and crispy on the outside and stuffed with delicious fillings, these make a great lunch for anyone following The Perfect Health Diet.  Even if you are following Primal Paleo, this is a great indulgence for a special occasion .... or just on those days when you really want to pamper yourself.

(For more information on The Perfect Health Diet read my post and/or buy the book by Paul Jaminet)

The difference between a Panini and a regular grilled sandwich is like the difference between a pan fried steak and a barbecue grilled steak - there is just no comparison.  The bread is grilled with ridges which become super crisp and oh so tasty, while the ingredients fuse or melt together to create a whole new taste sensation.

Panino is Italian for small bread roll and Panini is the plural. The first example showed up in a 16th century Italian cookbook, but more recently Panini became popular in the 1970s and 1980s in trendy restaurants, especially in New York.

Remember that recipe I gave you for Ciabatta buns?  Well today I'm going to show you how to make Panini sandwiches out of them and give you a few of great ideas for fillings.

Before you start though, you really should consider investing in a Panini maker.  Yes, you can probably make a reasonable faximile in your frying pan, but, as I said above, it really isn't the same.  Even if you only make these once a week, it's an investment you won't regret.

Here are a few to consider.  They come in all price ranges so you're bound to find one to suit your budget.

There are an almost unlimited number of versions of the Panini sandwich.  Here are just a few for you to consider and the links to the recipes.

At you can learn how to make an avocado and spinach Panini

or a Prociutto, Fontina and Fig Panini.

Here at you can find a great recipe for a breakfast panini created with an omelette made of apple, brie and bacon

You can't get more Italian than this recipe from - a panini Caprese showcasing the Italian colours.

From comes this recipe for an Italian pulled pork panini

You can also make panini using seafood like this avocado, mozzarella and shrimp version from

And this grilled crab, mango and avocado panini from

You can even make a dessert panini like this marshmallow and chocolate one from

These are just a few ideas, but I'm sure you can come up with many more of your own.

Here is my simple, quick and easy lunch today. I made this using one of my Ciabatta buns.  Butter, shaved roasted turkey, mango chutney, and Swiss cheese,  topped with Boston lettuce.  

Yummmmmm ............

I can almost imagine myself sitting in a sidewalk cafe in Portofino, crunching on this warm crispy sandwich and sipping on my cappuccino while watching the boats bobbing in the water.  Ahh,  Bellisimo!

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