The moment of relief! My son is feeling better after being very sick the entire week. He has begun to play with his toys again. He started pointing to his high chair wanting to eat and is currently on the floor throwing a tantrum. So, now its time to start cleaning up all those tissues that never made it into the trash, take a shower till the water runs cold and reward myself by making my favorite panini!
While trying to stay warm during Chicago lands artic freeze this winter, I was making soup quite a bit. It naturally got me thinking about panini’s. Caramelized onions….Need I say more! Using my quality gruyere cheese with shredded cheddar gives this panini it’s creamy texture. The ham adds the salty component while the caramelized onions finish this sandwich off with a hint of sweetness. All squeezed together on French bread, very lightly buttered.
If you do not own a panini press I suggest using a grill pan. To achieve those grill marks use a heavy pan or some use a brick wrapped in foil to press down while cooking. This step is crucial in order to melt together all of the ingredients in the panini.
One of my favorite kitchen tools…
- 3 tablespoons of butter
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 cup shredded gruyere cheese
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 large yellow onion or two small
- 1 8 ounce package of deli ham about 10 slices
- 8 slices of French bread
- Turn on your panini maker to preheat
- Dice onion evenly into square pieces
- Heat olive oil and 1 tablespoon of the butter in small pan on medium low heat
- Add onion and cook until caramelized to light brown color
- Shred the cheddar and gruyere cheese
- Dice the deli ham into small square pieces
- Lightly butter the outsides of the French bread
- Add ¼ cup cheddar cheese
- Add ¼ cup of gruyere cheese
- Add ¼ of deli ham to one sandwich
- Then top with caramelized onions
- I sprinkle extra cheddar cheese at this point just because
- Grill until a golden brown and enjoy