Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Turkey and Havarti Panini with Baby Spinach

Skip the pricey panini press, grab a heavy duty grill pan (I've got the Bobby Flay one that weighs about 15 lbs.!) and let's put a spin on a weeknight grilled cheese. I love finding a way to sneak in a little extra veggie, so caramelized onions, lovely, peppery arugula, or sweet baby spinach tend to find their way into my sammies. So much variety, all with a few basic ingredients...and it doens't hurt that I have a bread store nearby and bought 2 loaves of Sara Lee Honey Wheat for only $1. That means sammies will be on the menu for quite a few lunches this week!

4 slices honey wheat bread ($.05)
4 thin slices havarti ($.20)
6 slices oven roasted deli sliced turkey ($.15)
8 leaves baby spinach, stems removed ($.15)
1 T. light mayo ($.05)
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning ($.05)
1 T. margarine ($.05)
1/2 tsp. parsley ($.05)

Melt margarine, add parsley. In a small bowl, combine mayo with Italian seasonings.
Brush one side of each slice of bread with margarine. Brush one side of 2 slices of bread with seaosned mayo.

Place mayo-topped bread buttered side down, top with 1 slice havarti, 3 slices turkey, 4 leaves of spinach, top with 1 slice of cheese and additional slice of bread, buttered side facing up.

Repeat with remaining ingredients to build another sammie.

Grill over medium heat for 3-4 minutes per side, flipping over when bread is golden and cheese is starting to melt.

Serve with salad.
Yields = 2 sammies
Cost: $.75
Cost per sammie: $.38

1 comment:

  1. Havarti is my favorite cheese, I bet it goes well with the spinach and turkey - would make this with some caramelized onions on top - yummy!