Friday, September 16, 2016

Smoked Turkey Panini with Emmentaler, Roasted Scallions and Brinjal

     A Great Tasting Panini!
     Some people might say that there is nothing special about a panini sandwich that is made with smoked turkey and Swiss Cheese (Emmentaler).  In effect, this opinion is partially true, especially if the ingredients are mediocre to begin with.  Low quality processed Swiss Cheese and artificial smoke flavored pressed turkey breast will not yield a panini sandwich that is worth writing home about!
     The quality of the individual ingredients really counts when making a simple sandwich.  A simple sandwich usually only features a few select ingredients, so guests will easily notice the quality.  By selecting better quality ingredients, the overall quality of the simple sandwich will improve, which in turn will increase satisfaction.  
     Quality inspired satisfaction is all important from a dietary standpoint too.  One would be surprised to see how just a few high quality ingredients can satisfy a flavor craving far better than a larger portion of mediocre tasting low quality food.  Many dietary problems can be attributed to frustrations related to not satisfying flavor cravings.  For example, a panini sandwich made with imported Swiss Emmentaler Cheese and old fashioned hickory smoked turkey will taste rich enough to satisfy flavor cravings, so less is eaten.  At the same time, a panini made with cheap artificial cheese and deli style pressed turkey will not satisfy flavor cravings, so the cravings continue and more food is likely to be eaten.  
     The psychology of the effects of flavor is something that could be discussed all day.  One thing that can be agreed upon is that there is no shortage of flavor in today's panini sandwich recipe.  Nice quality hickory smoked turkey breast and imported Swiss Emmentaler is a good start.  Roasted Scallions add a rustic flavor.  Brinjal is what really kicks the flavor up a notch!
     Brinjal is an Indian chutney condiment that is often used as a bread spread.  Brinjal is a thick eggplant chutney that is highly seasoned with a complex mixture of exotic spices.  Jars of Brinjal are available at Indian food markets.  

     Smoked Turkey Panini with Emmentaler, Roasted Scallions and Brinjal:
     This recipe yields 1 panini snack sandwich.
     Chiabatta Bread is best for panini.  A firm loaf of French Bread or Italian Bread can be used to make panini too.
     Panini originated as an Italian bar snack.  Panini are traditionally cut into triangle shapes.  
     Step 1:  Place 2 to 3 scallions on a small roasting pan.
     Lightly brush the scallions with olive oil.
     Season with sea salt.
     Roast the scallions in a 300ºF oven, till they are tender and a few golden brown highlights appear.
     Step 2:  Place the roasted scallions on a cutting board.
     Coarsely chop the roasted scallions and set them aside.
     Step 3:  Lightly brush 2 slices of French bread with olive oil.  (Only brush one side of each slice.) 
     Place the oil side of the bread facing down on a cutting board.
     Step 4:  Spread a thin layer of Brinjal on 1 slice of bread.  (About 1 1/2 tablespoons)
     Place 3 1/2 ounces of thin sliced smoked turkey breast on the Brinjal.
     Place the chopped roasted scallions on the smoked turkey.
     Place a few thin slices of Swiss Emmentaler Cheese on the roasted scallions.
     Place the top slice of bread on the sandwich.
     Step 5:  Place the sandwich on a panini grill that is set to medium heat.
     Close the grill and allow the weight of the top half of the grill to press the sandwich.
     Grill till the sandwich is toasted golden brown.
     Step 6:  Cut the panini sandwich into 3 triangle shapes.
     Place the panini on a plate.
     Garnish with an Italian Parsley sprig and pickles of your choice.

     Viola!  A gourmet panini that tastes like no other!  

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