Smoked Turkey and Artichoke Panini

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.

 

 

28 comments

  1. Oh Sara bless you!! I have been wanting to make something with artichokes, (just one of my many pregnancy cravings 🙂 I can’t wait to try it!!

  2. kendall, you can totally use a Foreman grill!

    Panini Kathy- I’m so going to check out your blog right now!

    Becca- you are seriously crazy. Popcorn on the panini grill?? That’s like the time we tried to make cotton candy with a hair dryer. hahaha

  3. i used to work at an itallian eatery where i made paninis. they are fun to make..and easy once u have the equipment for it. u could just use a george forman grill???

  4. I most definitely have a panini grill!! 🙂

    This sandwich looks so nice and flavorful, esp with the artichokes and garlic-herb mayo. Yummy!

  5. Mmmm this looks deliscious! I didn’t know you weren’t an artichoke fan. I love them. I always put them in pasta dishes and have even pureed them into the creamy garlic sauce along with some sun dried tomatoes. And of course, who can forget artichoke dip? Mmmmm… I’m getting hungry!

    I also love paninis. I used my panini press yesterday for grilled cheese- simple but deliscious. I even got the bright idea (ok so i was super bored…) to throw some kernels of popcorn on there, just for curiosity’s sake. On the grill, that is, not the sandwich. Sure enough, they pop in little panini grill shaped pieces! Haha… they didn’t taste too good, though, all hard and crunchy 🙁

  6. I have a panini press, I think it’s the cuisinart one, and I love it! Grilled, pressed, panini sandwiches are so good. There is not much that’s better than a hot, crunchy, tasty sandwich, and your smoked turkey and artichoke panini looks fantastic!

  7. I have a panini grill, I picked it up at Sams club last year when they had their “christmas” merchandise. I hasn’t had nearly enough use though, but I”m tempted to pull it out today! Thanks for the recipe. I think I’ll try it.

  8. I am up way to late and now you have made me very hungry! Nice job! And no I don’t have a panini grill, want one though.

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