While I am on the subject of comfort food these days, it reminds me that while most comfort foods are gravy based….not all of them are. Sandwiches are one of my most beloved foods. Keep in mind this is composed foods. My favorite stand-alone foods, in order of nearness to my heart are 1. Cheese, 2. Mushrooms, 3. Crab. However, sandwiches take the cake for being the best whole dish or meal, and of course as the most perfect vessel, a sandwich can, and should contain at least one of my top three favorite foods at all times.
The other most wonderful thing about sandwiches is that they, like pizza dough, tortillas, masa, potatoes or any other blank canvass medium, are one of the easiest vehicles for getting food into the mouth. You can make a sandwich with just about anything. They are as nutritious as you want them to be, or perhaps they are not, perhaps they are your dessert, containing marshmallow fluff and Nutella!
Sandwiches are also quick. Today was the first day this week we have been home before 10pm. It was also the first time we have mowed the lawn! So after getting a little post work workout in and not feeling motivated to cook a whole lot we needed something easy, fairly quick, and delicious. Pizza paninis it was!
This was such a delightful mouthful. Sure it required some slicing and some cheese grating, but those are relaxing tasks that I enjoy. There was no slaving over a hot stove or standing in the kitchen for longer than 20 minutes. I think I could just panini anything! Have fun, be creative!
Sliced artisan bread (2 pieces per sandwich)
Granulated garlic and dried oregano
Shredded cheese (we used mozzarella and parmesan)
Toppings of choice (we used pepperoni, sausage, green peppers, black olives, red onions)
Slather as much sauce as you would like on each slice of bread. Sprinkle with garlic and oregano. Put half of the cheese on one slice of the bread. Pile on the toppings you want, taking care to keep the surface level.
Top with the rest of the cheese and other slice of bread.
Cook on a preheated panini pan, medium if using the stove until desired doneness.