Last weekend, I decided to dig through my cookbooks and Pinterest to find a new recipe to try. When I ran across a new panini recipe, I knew this was “the one.”
While I’ve eaten many paninis out and about, I’ve never made one at home. I also thought it would be a nice challenge to grill up this panini without a panini iron. A panini iron is one of those items in the kitchen that I just don’t think I need. I don’t often say that… since I like to collect most kitchen appliances, but I really don’t see myself using a panini maker more than a few times a year.
But… what I did have was a seldom used George Foreman grill… and an amazing idea!
I was able to make this sandwich VERY easily using the George Foreman, and it was crispy and crunchy like I’d expect from a panini grill – – Brilliant!
Chicken Spinach and Artichoke Paninis
From Weight Watchers
1 cup chopped fresh spinach
1/2 cup drained, canned chopped artichoke hearts
4 wedges Laughing Cow Cheese – Light Swiss Flavor
1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
1/8 tsp. ground black pepper
8 slices (1/2-inch thick) slices Chicago-style Italian bread (about 6 oz)
2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast
1 ounce grated Asiago cheese (about 1/4 cup)
Olive oil flavored cooking spray
1. Preheat your grill.
2. Combine spinach, artichokes, Laughing Cow Cheese, lemon juice, and ground pepper in a bowl.
3. Spread onto 4 slices of bread. Top with chicken, Asiago cheese, and remaining bread slices. Coat outside of sandwiches with cooking spray.
4. Place sandwiches on your grill. Cook 3 minutes until golden brown and cheese melts.
5. Slice and serve! Note: I served it with sliced tomatoes sprinkled with salt and pepper.