It’s Panini Doody Time, It’s Panini Doody Time (Again)

Ok, so that doesn’t fit well with the old Howdy Doody theme song does it? But I get credit for trying right?? Right? Cause I’m adorable and all that kind of stuff.

I think it has been noticed by now that I like paninis. I even like the word. It’s fun to say :-P. Not as fun however as Machu Pichu, Beijing and Monkey which are my favorite words.

Why are you all looking at me that way? I’m perfectly normal. Honest. Monkey, monkey, monkey, monkey. *giggle snorts*

Ummm, yeah. I like paninis. What’s weird is that I don’t really care for cold sandwiches. I like the IDEA of them but the reality never seems to measure up. The best part always ends up being the tomato and the mayo. I guess I just don’t like lunch meats much and they are the typical ingredient on sandwiches. I like REAL meat, not something that was formed from chicken lips, cow brains, piggy paws and llama testicles and then soaked in 352 pints of a salt brine. Yes, you can now thank me for helping you to never look at your lunch meat quite the same way.

So when I make a panini, unless I am in a really weird mood and needing a quick sodium lift, I use real meats… real ingredients in general. Tonight I had some duck left over from one I made the other night. I wanted to use it for something a little different and a panini sprang to mind. So duck it was. But can I leave well enough alone?? HA! Come on now, you all know me better than that! So I added Sopressata Italian salami, Havarti and Asiago cheeses and then topped it all off with a quickly put together mango-apricot chutney I spiced up with ginger and red pepper flakes.

This was delicious! You have the rich taste of the somewhat fatty duck, the saltiness of the asiago and the Sopressata, the creaminess of the Havarti, the crispy bread and the sweet spice of the chutney all combined into a major taste explosion. It tastes like something that would cost you ten dollars at a restaurant but is nowhere near that price to make at home. So if you want a decadent treat in sandwich form, give this a try. I think you’ll like it. 🙂 You’ll have leftover chutney. Just put it in a covered container and store in the fridge

Duck, Sopressata, Asiago & Havarti Panini

With Spicy Mango Apricot Chutney

  • 8 ounces sliced cooked duck
  • 4 thin slices Sopressata salami
  • 2 slices asiago cheese
  • 2 slices Havarti cheese
  • 1 jar major grey chutney
  • 1 cup apricot preserves
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 4 slices good bread (I used Pepperidge Farms Potato bread)
  1. In a small pot, combine the chutney, preserves, ginger and red pepper flakes. Stir to combine and heat over medium heat until bubbly while you make the sandwich. Turn the chutney off when it is heated so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
  2. Preheat your panini press.
  3. Layer all of your ingredients except the chutney on two slices of the bread. Spread desired amount of chutney onto the other two slices of bread and make the sandwich.
  4. Cook on the preheated press, pressing down some if needed, until the sandwiches are crispy and nicely browned.
  5. EAT!

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45 thoughts on “It’s Panini Doody Time, It’s Panini Doody Time (Again)

    • Awwww geeez; you oughta tell her that they are a culinary delicacy that only the really SMART kids like. See if that makes her want them. Of course, if it does, I will be waiting eagerly to hear what you used as chicken lips 😛

  1. Cracking up on your description of lunch meat ingredients! And you’ve almost convinced me to buy a Panini maker…just need to find the space to store it 😉

  2. Wow you are making straight up gourmet panini’s at your house! The duck with that spicy mango apricot sounds like a killer combo. Seriously love the way you spiced up that chutney i would put that on everything!

    • Your hubby is a man after my own heart; it’s hard to find decent deli meat. And yep; Machu Pichu is fun lol. Not to mention, a place I would dearly love to see in real life

  3. Oh I’ve never seen duck in a panini before – but I’m sure this was absolutely delicious! Next time I have leftover duck (I may have to buy extra, because I tend to gobble up all of the duck when we have it!), I’ll definitely be trying this baby out =)

    • Peggy, I’m the same way the rare times I buy duck. I had to make myself stop eating to make sure to save some lol. Let me know if you try this 🙂

  4. LOL, I tell my kids the same thing about McDonal’s chicken nuggets, and hot dogs! These Panini’s look great. My hubby LOVES panini’s, and this inspires me to make them again! BUZZ!

  5. Well…first off – BUZZED! I love the idea of the duck with the saltiness of the salami, sweet/spicy chutney and then creamy cheesy…all the yummy tastes! I’m with you – I LOVE paninis! ….and it’s fun to say! It IS panini doodie time!

    • Let me know if you try it Ann! I loved it personally. 🙂
      Promise, I’d love to hear about it if you have any yummy panini recipes. I LOVE paninis! 🙂
      Emily, I’m thrilled to hear that someone agrees with me on cold sandwiches. I like things like subs (from Subway I shamefully admit) but even then, very very rarely. I usually subs hot too.

    • Awww; thanks Ann! I feel bad because I didn’t even notice that you had gotten top nine (You cooking goddess you!) until really late last night when I was too incoherent to say anything.

  6. I looooove panini! Although I do have a couple cold sandwiches I love: Egg Salad with Bacon, and the Day-After-Thanksgiving special of Turkey with Cranberry Sauce. There’s a place on the next block from my office that adds sunflower seeds to the cranberry sauce – sounds weird, but it’s great.

    • Thanks Cheryl! 🙂
      Thank you FJ. Yeah, the sopressata kinda sold itself to me for the sandwich when I saw it at the store lol. I had originally planned on Prosciutto.
      Bel, you’re right; that sounds weird. But I would try it. I LOVE cranberry sauce. And yeah; not all cold sandwiches are bad. Just the ones made with highly processed meats and cheeses. May as well eat a salt lick 😛

  7. Yummy! Paninis are much better than normal sandwiches, and yours looks great! And if you’re looking for another fun word…. lilikoi. It means passion fruit in Hawaiian. It’s one of my favorite words! 🙂

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