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Cornbread Panini

Available throughout the foodie blogosphere, on restaurant menus, and in cookbooks are countless varieties of panini fillings. What there’s not a ton of variation on is the type of bread used to sandwich those ingredients.

Why is that?

I had a bunch of leftover Loaded Cornbread squares waiting patiently in the freezer for inspiration to strike… and strike it did!

I had just received a sample package of Cabot‘s new Snack Packs, which are individually wrapped, outrageously flavored lower-fat cheeses. The package contained a bag of both the 75% Reduced Fat Habanero Cheddar and the 50% Reduced Fat Garlic & Herb Cheddar.  The habanero cheddar was begging to be sandwiched between two slices of cornbread and pressed into a melty panini, and I wasted no time setting to work.

I’m happy to report that my Cornbread Panini experiment was a success! The slightly sweet cornbread was the perfect vehicle for the spicy cheese, and it crisped up beautifully in the panini press. Although the cornbread was a bit crumbly, it held up well to the pressing; and by cutting each cornbread square in half, the bread layers were thin enough for the heat to melt the cheese.

I have a few pieces of cornbread left, and am already envisioning other panini creations: avocado slices & jalapeno cheddar, black beans smashed with spicy seasonings & monterey jack, and/or fajita-style chicken and veggies with pepperjack.

Ah, the possibilities.

Cornbread Panini

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 2 generous squares of baked cornbread (I used leftover frozen & defrosted Loaded Cornbread)
  • sliced cheese, (I used Cabot 75% Reduced Fat Habanero Cheddar), 2 if using pre-sliced cheese, 4 if using block cheese
  • cooking spray

Directions:

  1. Cut each piece of cornbread in half around the “equator” to make 4 thin squares.
  2. Place cheese slices on 2 of the squares and top with the other 2 squares.
  3. Lightly coat each side of sandwiches with cooking spray.
  4. Heat a panini press or a non-stick skillet over medium heat.
  5. Press sandwiches in press or place in skillet and weigh down with a panini weight or heavy pot/skillet.
  6. Cook until browned & crisp on both sides and cheese has melted.



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