The Great Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day has come and gone. AND as always, there were lessons to be learned. Since this was the first time making Panini’s i of course over stuffed the sandwich. I realized this as i closed down the press and the tomato went one direction while the avocado went the other. I’m sure your picturing this, and laughing. Well at least smirking. Even a snicker will do.
Rescuing tomatoes, avocados, and cheese from a hot panini grill was not a fun time. There were burnt fingertips, a few words mumbled, and of course some panicking as i watched eminent disaster unfolding right before my eyes.
Next lesson was that round toped Ciabatta Rolls DO NOT work well in a panini press. Something about the “Roundness” of the top caused the top to wobble a little and not make good contact with the buttered top. (Yes the butter was melting right down onto the grills….. I love that smell..)
So the rescue entailed grabbing the round top of the roll off the sandwich, slipping the tomato and avocado out from between the two cheeses and off the hot grill, then placing the round top back on. As i said above, the Panini Grill did not close flat at this point.
By now i had opened the grill enough times to reduce the heat to a point of not grilling. Pressing down didn’t help either. Round top still caused a wobble, lack of heat slowed down the melting of the cheese, and those nice burned grill marks never appeared.
BUT never fear. After grilling just the two cheeses, and roll, i popped them onto a plate. Round top came off nicely, and the tomato and avocado slipped back on. It was time for a beer.
SOOOO next time there will be no overloading. No slippery items to spurt out. AND finally, NO ROUND TOPS on the bread. A nice tuscan loaf sliced thick might be nice.
Thanks to all who chimed in and to those who might have even celebrated with us.