Semper Paratus et Coctus
Island chicken pressed paninis for 2!

If you don’t have a panini press, I highly recommend it. It inspires you to make awesome sandwiches (which can be pretty darn good for ya), and lights a little creative flame in the kitchen, I truly believe. :)

Again, another Fifty Shades-inspired concoction… Reading the last book now (Fifty Shades Freed) and though Ana prepares a simple ham and avocado sub in one scene on the book, I thought I’d spice it up the sub idea a bit and make it a little more mine. Plus… The sweet and savory is always something I love to experiment with. :). 
Here, I paired it with a strawberry salad (spinach, dried, chopped strawberries, toasted almonds and a strawberry vinegarette), but this could be paired with some sweet potato fries (again, sweet vs salty), or whatever “tickles your fancy” (pun intended).  Paninis (and salads, as previously posted) can be a culinary canvas—meats, cheeses, spreads, and veggies or fruits can be thrown in at random to create a tasty, spontaneous discovery that is all yours. Be adventurous, and enjoy!

Island “Shades” Pressed Sub:
1 c grilled, sliced chicken breast
2 hoagie sub rolls (or 2 portions Cuban bread)
1/4 c mango preserves (or apricot-pineapple)
1 Roma tomato, sliced thin
1 ripe avocado, sliced thin
1/4 orange, yellow, or red bell pepper, sliced thin
4 slices provolone cheese (any cheese would do, really)

Heat up panini press over medium heat, or if there is no setting, turn it on. You can also use a regular frying pan and place a heavier pan on top of the sandwiches to press them down, if you don’t have a panini press.

Cut open one length of the hoagie roll (leave a part attached on one side so the buns don’t go flying apart), spread insides with 2 T of jam for each roll. Stuff with remaining ingredients, layering as you go. Place both sandwiches in the press, grill until flat, golden, and heated through (flipping over if using stove-top method).

Island chicken pressed paninis for 2!

If you don’t have a panini press, I highly recommend it. It inspires you to make awesome sandwiches (which can be pretty darn good for ya), and lights a little creative flame in the kitchen, I truly believe. :)

Again, another Fifty Shades-inspired concoction… Reading the last book now (Fifty Shades Freed) and though Ana prepares a simple ham and avocado sub in one scene on the book, I thought I’d spice it up the sub idea a bit and make it a little more mine. Plus… The sweet and savory is always something I love to experiment with. :).

Here, I paired it with a strawberry salad (spinach, dried, chopped strawberries, toasted almonds and a strawberry vinegarette), but this could be paired with some sweet potato fries (again, sweet vs salty), or whatever “tickles your fancy” (pun intended). Paninis (and salads, as previously posted) can be a culinary canvas—meats, cheeses, spreads, and veggies or fruits can be thrown in at random to create a tasty, spontaneous discovery that is all yours. Be adventurous, and enjoy!

Island “Shades” Pressed Sub:
1 c grilled, sliced chicken breast
2 hoagie sub rolls (or 2 portions Cuban bread)
1/4 c mango preserves (or apricot-pineapple)
1 Roma tomato, sliced thin
1 ripe avocado, sliced thin
1/4 orange, yellow, or red bell pepper, sliced thin
4 slices provolone cheese (any cheese would do, really)

Heat up panini press over medium heat, or if there is no setting, turn it on. You can also use a regular frying pan and place a heavier pan on top of the sandwiches to press them down, if you don’t have a panini press.

Cut open one length of the hoagie roll (leave a part attached on one side so the buns don’t go flying apart), spread insides with 2 T of jam for each roll. Stuff with remaining ingredients, layering as you go. Place both sandwiches in the press, grill until flat, golden, and heated through (flipping over if using stove-top method).