Turkey Avocado Panini Sandwiches
- Panini sandwich press (see * Note)
- 4 ciabatta rolls split horizontally
- 2 tablespoons olive oil should be enough to cover all 4 rolls
- 1 ripe avocado flesh mashed
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 4 slices provolone cheese can substitute mozzarella, or, use pepper jack for a spicier flavor
- 1 pound deli turkey breast sliced
- 2 roma tomatoes sliced
- 1/4 small red onion thinly sliced
- 1 cup fresh spinach leaves firmly packed
- Remove ingredients from your refrigerator, place on counter to get to room temperature while setting up your cooking equipment and prepping your ingredients.
- Preheat the panini sandwich press with medium heat.
- Split the ciabatta rolls in half horizontally, sprinkle olive oil over the outside tops and bottoms of each roll.
- Spread the avocado mash on one split side, and, mayo on the other split side of each roll.
- Place the bottom of each roll on a flat surface and build the sandwich using the equally divided ingredients. Layer the slices of cheese, turkey, tomatoes, onion and spinach leaves. Finish with top of roll.
- Place the assembled sandwiches on the pre-heated pan.
- Place the weighted item on the top of each sandwich and gently press to evenly distribute the weight over the entire sandwich (I use a bacon press but a heavy frying pan or cast iron skillet work too).
- Toast one side of the sandwich, then, flip the sandwich to toast the second side. You want your turkey panini to have a nice golden brown color and crisp, crunchy bread texture. The meat should be slightly warmed and the cheese slightly melted. It will take about 5 minutes per side.
- Remove from heat and serve immediately.
Why make plain boring lunchmeat sandwiches when you can make café-style panini sandwiches during your next camping adventure? On a recent episode of Great Food Good Neighbors TV show, I made this recipe in record time (and in record wind conditions at the campsite but I don’t think anyone noticed until my basil leaves starting looking like mini UFOs floating around!) Real campers don’t let a little wind deter the fun…So the show went on! This fussy-kid tested (and approved) camp meal is really easy to make.
We filmed this episode at a campsite in the Usery Mountain Regional Park.
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