Paninis and blood orange salad

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What a surprise! I got a few cookbooks for Christmas. Hmmm, go figure. Of course, I had to jump in and try one of the new recipes as soon as possible. One of the books I got was the New York Times Cookbook which has recipes from the last 10 years or so from hundreds of chefs. I just happened to be wandering through it looking for a recipe for a blood orange sauce for fish I’m making later this week and I found a recipe for a blood orange salad instead from one of my favorite chefs, Suzanne Goin. It’s a fairly simple salad, but the ingredients need to be high quality since you really taste each one. There was quite a bit of discussion about the type of dates to use and after making and eating the salad, I would agree that you want nice, juicy dates for this. The other part of this meal was a panini, so I have to say a word about this too. One day I went to the store to buy a device to make pancakes. I found this griddle that also made paninis and since I believe in giving space to gadgets that have more than one use, I got it thinking I might make the occasional panini, but would mainly use it for those Sunday morning pancakes my stepson loves. Well, I think I’ve ended up using it twice for pancakes, but I can’t even count the number of times we’ve made paninis. They’ve become one of our favorite quick dinners. They’re delicious and with a salad are so satisfying. If you have some gift certificate money left from the holidays and are wondering what you might need for you kitchen, I would definitely recommend  adding the Cuisinart panini maker to your cabinets. It’s worth the space and no, they aren’t paying me for this, but they should.

Serves 4
15 minutes

1/2 cup pesto (I cheat and buy this if I don’t have homemade on hand)
1/2 lb turkey
jar of roasted red peppers
swiss or gouda cheese in thin slices
Rustic loaf of bread
2-3 tbsp olive oil

-Spread 1 tsp of pesto on each side of sandwich. Put a few slices of turkey on one side. Add slices of red pepper and then top with cheese. Close sandwich and brush both sides with olive oil.
-Heat griddle. Put sandwiches on griddle and close top to sear bread. Cook until cheese melts and serve immediately.


Blood Orange Salad

3 blood oranges
20 toasted almonds
a few handfuls of arugula
10 Medjool or Deglet Noor dates, pitted and sliced
10-15 very thin slices of Parmesan slices
4 tbsp almond or hazelnut oil
sea salt and pepper

-Cut the ends off the oranges. Stand oranges on end and use a sharp paring knife to take off the peel and pith, leaving the oranges whole in the process. Then slice each orange thinly.
-Lay 8-10 arugula leaves on each plate. Top with date slices, then a few orange slices, parmesan slices and then a few almonds. Drizzle with a littel of the oil and a sprinkling of salt. Repeat, using up the rest of the ingredients and topping with the rest of the oil and more salt and pepper.


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Response to Paninis and blood orange salad

  1. This looks and sounds absolutely delicious, and so do the other recipes on the site. Great writing, cooking, and pictures! I’m a proud mother, I know, but you’ve come a long way from the first meal we cooked together. Love of food is one of the things I tried to instill early, and it looks like you’ve taken that and run with it.