A couple of weeks ago I had a Chicken and Artichoke Panini from Paradise Bakery. It was delish and I realized- even though I’m not really an artichoke person- how much I loved the tender, tangy artichokes hearts in that warm crispy-soft bread. My husband may have just been trying to win some brownie points (literally) when he said, “This is good, but you could do it better,” but in my book, that’s a challenge! So this is my version, and it’s pretty darn good if I don’t say so myself.
I used smokey sliced turkey and piled it on soft sourdough bread. (Fresh roasted turkey breast or grilled chicken would be delicious as well.) Garlic-herb mayo makes this one a stand-out. It combines with smooth swiss cheese for an irresistible flavor while garden fresh tomatoes round out the whole thing. I love the freshness it gets from the flecks of lemon zest in the mayo and the deep flavors of the garlic and fresh herbs.
Smoked Turkey and Artichoke Panini
(I never give measurements for sandwiches, I figure you can put on however much you want!)
One loaf rustic sourdough bread
One jar marinated artichoke hearts
Garlic-Herb sandwich spread
Smoked Deli Turkey
Swiss cheese (you could also use baby swiss, provolone, or smoked provolone)
Tomato, sliced (or roasted red peppers are fantastic)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
I would think this is pretty self-explanatory, but….
Spread garlic-herb mayo on each slice of bread, then layer cheese slices on each. Pile generous amounts of turkey slices on one side of each sandwich, followed by tomato slices and artichoke hearts.
Brush both outer sides of sandwiches with olive oil and grill until golden brown.
We had this for dinner with a side of Creamy Tomato Soup. Great for dipping!