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Panini Express: 70 Delicious Recipes Hot off the Press

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Panini are little sandwiches that are put through a press that warms up the filling and gives the bread a delicious grilled flavor. Ten years ago, you would have had to get on a plane and gone to Italy to enjoy one, but today you can find panini everywhere—in Italian restaurants, restaurant chains like Panera, even higher-end supermarkets are selling panini in their take-out foods sections. Because its popularity, the panini press (think a small George Foreman Grill) has become the hottest selling small appliance...

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Overview

Panini are little sandwiches that are put through a press that warms up the filling and gives the bread a delicious grilled flavor. Ten years ago, you would have had to get on a plane and gone to Italy to enjoy one, but today you can find panini everywhere—in Italian restaurants, restaurant chains like Panera, even higher-end supermarkets are selling panini in their take-out foods sections. Because its popularity, the panini press (think a small George Foreman Grill) has become the hottest selling small appliance on the market. Everyone is selling them. Williams-Sonoma and Sur La Table carry brands like LeCreuset, All-Clad, and Krups, while Target sells a Hamilton Beach model for less than $50 and Wal-Mart a Breadman version for $39.95.
"Panini Express" contains easy recipes for 70 deliciously different sandwiches you can make using your panini press. "Panini Express" does not confine itself only to authentic Italian Panini recipes, but instead will explore a world of flavors (like the Catskill Cubano with ham, turkey, Swiss, and a hoisin-lime dressing). In addition to the sandwich recipes, there are recipes for four homemade breads if you want your sandwiches completely from scratch, as well as for mayonnaises, spreads, and other tasty sandwich slathers to up the flavor quotient.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"I have long admired Dan's commitment to Artisanal bread making. In Panini Express, he shows that his passion for the perfect sandwich goes far beyond the bread." —Chef Terrance Brennan, author of  Artisanal Cooking
"Panini Express celebrates the delicious combinations of warm bread, melted cheese, and a global array of fillings—the results are mouthwatering."—Rick Smilow, President and Owner, The Institute of Culinary Education
"You know a food has really arrived when they start writing books about it. Case in point: Panini Express by bread maven and former Western New Yorker Daniel Leader, author of Bread Alone, and Lauren Chattman. This time, Leader takes a more popular approach. His book features glorious food photography and very simple recipes for fillings and spreads. But just in case you're feeling energized, he tells you how to make the bread for the panini, too."—The Buffalo News
"All too often, when I think sandwich, I think tuna salad or mustard, mayo and meat. In summer, I expand to include the classic BLT, but the reality is that I lack sandwich-imagination. When I opened Panini Express I realized my problem: A sandwich isn't just something with bread, it's an entire meal wrapped in bread. Inside this thin handbook are recipes for placing on bread a host of dinner-worthy menu items; asparagus, prosciutto and Taleggio; filet mignon, mushrooms and red pepper-garlic mayo; tuna, fava beans and Asiago; grilled chicken with Asian slaw. What's nice is that even though the book provides recipes to bake my own bread, authors Daniel Leader and Lauren Chattman openly admit that there are plenty of shortcuts to a great panini. There are several recipes for hopping up the flavor in store-bought mayonnaise, a baba ghanoush recipe that can be made in 5 minutes, even a 20-minute ratatouille recipe. "—Contra Costa Times (CA)
"Known for his artisanal bread bakery, Daniel Leader tells what fillings are worthy of his loaves. There are French classics (the Croque Monsieur), meatier sandwiches, poultry offerings (try the Smoked Chicken, St. Andre and Pear-Apple Compote) and still plenty to satisfy vegetarians. We gravitated to the Grilled Italian Hero Sandwich. A tastier cousin of the cold-cut version, this panini had an extra kick from sliced pepperoncini and arugula. If you're still hungry, Leader includes dessert sandwiches and other sections on making your own bread and condiments." —Allentown Morning Call (PA)

 

From the Publisher
"I have long admired Dan's commitment to Artisanal bread making. In Panini Express, he shows that his passion for the perfect sandwich goes far beyond the bread." --Chef Terrance Brennan, author of  Artisanal Cooking
"Panini Express celebrates the delicious combinations of warm bread, melted cheese, and a global array of fillings--the results are mouthwatering."--Rick Smilow, President and Owner, The Institute of Culinary Education
"You know a food has really arrived when they start writing books about it. Case in point: Panini Express by bread maven and former Western New Yorker Daniel Leader, author of Bread Alone, and Lauren Chattman. This time, Leader takes a more popular approach. His book features glorious food photography and very simple recipes for fillings and spreads. But just in case you're feeling energized, he tells you how to make the bread for the panini, too."--The Buffalo News
"All too often, when I think sandwich, I think tuna salad or mustard, mayo and meat. In summer, I expand to include the classic BLT, but the reality is that I lack sandwich-imagination. When I opened Panini Express I realized my problem: A sandwich isn't just something with bread, it's an entire meal wrapped in bread. Inside this thin handbook are recipes for placing on bread a host of dinner-worthy menu items; asparagus, prosciutto and Taleggio; filet mignon, mushrooms and red pepper-garlic mayo; tuna, fava beans and Asiago; grilled chicken with Asian slaw. What's nice is that even though the book provides recipes to bake my own bread, authors Daniel Leader and Lauren Chattman openly admit that there are plenty of shortcuts to a great panini. There are several recipes for hopping up the flavor in store-bought mayonnaise, a baba ghanoush recipe that can be made in 5 minutes, even a 20-minute ratatouille recipe. "--Contra Costa Times (CA)
"Known for his artisanal bread bakery, Daniel Leader tells what fillings are worthy of his loaves. There are French classics (the Croque Monsieur), meatier sandwiches, poultry offerings (try the Smoked Chicken, St. Andre and Pear-Apple Compote) and still plenty to satisfy vegetarians. We gravitated to the Grilled Italian Hero Sandwich. A tastier cousin of the cold-cut version, this panini had an extra kick from sliced pepperoncini and arugula. If you're still hungry, Leader includes dessert sandwiches and other sections on making your own bread and condiments." --Allentown Morning Call (PA)

 

School Library Journal

Leader is a well-known artisan baker and author of two bread-baking books. Soon after he opened his bakery, Bread Alone, in Woodstock, NY, he started offering some of the "baker's sandwiches" he had discovered during his travels to Europe, and his new book provides recipes for his mouthwatering panini, along with delicious condiments, and five bread recipes for those who want to start from scratch. He favors a minimalist approach, with simple but flavorful combinations such as Tuscan Chicken with Artichokes and White Beans and Grilled Asparagus, Taleggio, and Prosciutto. Interestingly, he uses a panini press not just for toasting the sandwiches but also for cooking ingredients such as the grilled asparagus. A good companion to Jennifer and Jason Denton's panini cookbook, Simple Italian Sandwiches, this is recommended for most collections.


—Judith Sutton

Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561589609
  • Publisher: Taunton Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/26/2008
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 810,574
  • Product dimensions: 7.34 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Lauren Chattman is a cookbook author and former professional pastry chef who has written 10 books, including most recently "Dessert Express". She collaborated with former White House Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier on" Dessert University" and with Daniel Leader on "Local Breads", which won an IACP award. She has appeared on "The Today Show" and has sold over 50,000 books on QVC. She can be seen demonstrating baking techniques for Pillsbury on www.howdini.com.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Bread Basics, Basic Breads
2. Quick Mayonnaises, Pestos, and Other Sandwich Enhancers
3. The Sandwiches
4. Resources
5. Index

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