Prep 15 mins
Cook 10 mins
Similar to one of my favorite selections at Panera Bread restaurant--this one will work for lunch as is with a few carrot-sticks on the side OR add a cup of soup or small salad for delicious dinner-time fare. I don't have a panini-maker--so my two large cast-iron frying pans get called into action.
- 1⁄4 cup pine nuts
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1⁄2 cup shallot, sliced
- 1 (8 ounce) jar artichokes, quartered, drained
- 1 loaf focaccia bread
- 8 tablespoons mayonnaise, divided
- 1 bunch spinach, fresh, divided
- 1 cup asiago cheese, grated
- 1 lb turkey breast, sliced, divided
- salt & pepper, taste
- 1 dash cayenne chili pepper flakes (optional)
- 8 slices sun-dried tomatoes, packed in oil, drained
- Lightly toast pine nuts in cast-iron frying pan or oven; pour nuts into small bowl; set aside to cool.
- Melt butter in empty pan, sauté shallots, stirring lightly; set aside.
- Coarsely chop artichokes, then add to shallots in warm pan; set aside.
- Cut focaccia bread into four equal sandwich portions, then slice horizontally; spread each slice with one tablespoon of mayonnaise.
- Layer spinach and tomato slices equally on four of the bread slices.
- Add the grated cheese and toasted pine-nuts to the artichokes-shallot mixture in the pan; quickly divide into four portions and spoon over the spinach and tomatoes.
- Add one fourth of the turkey breast meat to each of the sandwiches, lightly add salt & pepper and cayenne pepper flakes to taste; put the lid on the sandwich and press lightly.
- Place sandwiches into panini-maker and heat per manufacturer’s suggestions….OR….place sandwiches into large buttered medium-hot frying pan, place another heavy frying pan on top; then press down firmly to heat sandwich like this for 1-2 minutes.
Very good! I made a few changes to it. I skipped the pine nuts and pepper flakes. I also couldn't find plain asiago cheese, so I used an italian cheese mix with asiago in it. Next time, I'll use much less mayo. I am a fan of mayo, but this sandwich tasted like a LOT of mayo. Next time, I'll just spread it like I usually do - without measurement. My hubby gave this sandwich a big thumbs up, too. I've had the panera version - it's a favorite. This is pretty close. I think it'll be closer with less mayo. Can't wait to have it again!
What a delicious sandwich! We didn't find it similar to the Panera Bread version but the sundried tomatoes made it more flavorful so maybe someone should suggest them to their chef! The pine nuts didn't add anything for us so you may want to omit them or make them optional now that the contest's over. Great use of Ready Set Cook #11 Contest ingredients!