Turkey Pesto Panini

by Dorothy Reinhold on October 22, 2011

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Michelle JacksonCertain people, such as super mom Michelle Jackson, make everything look easy.

Decide to make dinner for 400+ elementary school parents at Back-to-School Night? On a whim? Oh yes.

Offer to make a monthly bribe-worth Turkey Pesto Panini lunch for your child’s classroom if they all meet their reading requirement? Oh yes.

Don’t break a sweat doing it? Oh yes.

Turkey Pesto Panini pesto on bread

First slather basil and sun-dried tomato pesto on bread.

Turkey Pesto Panini making sandwiches

Then comes the turkey and Swiss cheese.

Turkey Pesto Panini on the panini press

Sandwiches go onto a hot panini press.

Turkey Pesto Panini

A little squirt of olive oil makes a crispy crust.

Turkey Pesto Panini sandwich in the press

It only takes a minute or two, and then you get ...

Turkey Pesto Panini done on the grill

...Panini Perfection!

Turkey Pesto Panini

Slice into 3 or 4 pieces, for easy handling.

Michelle Jackson with her Turkey Pesto Panini

Pile them onto a serving platter.

Kids getting lunch

And call the students for lunch!

You can read get her recipe and read more about her here in my column over at Malibu Patch today.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Sky October 23, 2011 at 3:10 pm

Could I make this for my child and wrap it up in tinfoil to keep it warm without it getting soggy? Or is it better served immediately after making it?


Dorothy October 23, 2011 at 6:00 pm

2 thoughts: You could certainly make it in the morning, wrap it and send it in the lunchbox. However, as it cools, I think it will throw off moisture, which will condense on the inside of the foil and the sandwich may become a tad soggy. If that would bother your kid, then it might be a deal-breaker. If your kid isn’t fussy about stuff like that, then do it!

The other strategy would be to make it, cool it and then pack it. It will be room temp by lunchtime anyway, either way, so you might be better off cooling it and then packing, which would avoid the condensation issue.

Best results will be fresh, though.


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