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Kitchen tip: DIY panini press

As much as I adore Kathy's passion for the panini press, and recognize it as a true multifunction tool, and in spite of the fact that we have a bigger kitchen than most, I just cannot bring myself to invest in another semi-major appliance that we have to store somewhere. Luckily, there's an alternative that utilizes something we have in spades: Pans.

Two cast iron pans will do; we have one enamlized Le Creuset fry pan and one slightly smaller cast iron pan, which play together very nicely. First step: Get your pans rocket hot. 

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Compose your sandwiches, and lay them down on the larger pan.

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Set the screaming hot smaller iron pan on top. Let the weight of the pan do the work for you. 

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And, you know, cook it. After just a few minutes, you'll have neatly pressed sandwiches with a crispity crunchy crust.

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To be fair, you won't get those nice grilly mark things, but trust me when I say you won't miss them, either. 

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  • AlexJB

    You mean those grill marky things aren’t adding any flavor? I’m shocked 😉

  • Shocking but true! 🙂

  • RIch

    We do this with our griddle & a cast iron pan on the top. Then we can do more than one sandwich at a time. 🙂