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Santa Fe Panini

Posted Sep 03 2011 3:48pm

For nearly the past two years we have been working on building a fence in our backyard.  Home renovation advice 101 for new home-buyers… EVERYTHING will take at least 5-10 times longer than you anticipate.

Anywho, this ongoing project calls for many a “man-day” with the Fireman and the Super Handyman (our neighbor – God Bless him).  The least I can do for all of their hard work is feed them.  I wanted to spoil them, so I made Santa Fe Panini’s.  Yum, I even stole a bite.

You can transform a panini into any flavor palette you desire with a little creativity.  To begin, I sautéed a yellow bell pepper, a sweet onion, and some fresh garlic from our other neighbors yard (we have awesome neighbors – or mostly awesome at least). To spice things up a bit I added a Cajun seasoning mix I picked up at my local Farmer’s Market.

Next I prepared the bread (I use Dave’s Killer Bread).  To create my own spicy aioli sauce, I mixed olive oil mayonnaise with a chipotle hot sauce (also from my local Farmer’s Market) and some finely diced garlic.

Once the peppers were done, I assembled each sandwich.

Oven roasted, turkey breast, smoked jalapeno cheese and the onion saute piled high.  In place of butter to grill the sandwich, I used cooking spray.  It works fantastically; a little goes a long way.

Mmm.  Don’t it look good?

To top it off sliced nectarines, peaches, and Rainier cherries. Tasty.

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