Friday, March 30, 2012

Turkey Meatball Panini

Thanks to Amanda for this awesome meal inspiration... we loved it, especially since the idea is so easy to tweak for individual tastes while still being healthy and low cal.
What you need:
Artisan bread, sliced in long skinny slices (I picked up asiago peppercorn sourdough at Trader Joes but really anything 100 calories a slice or less would be great if your cal counting)
Trader Joes turkey meatballs prepared and sliced in half
Laughing Cow Light Garlic and Herb cheese wedges (about 1 per sandwich)
Tomato sauce of your choice
I used the laughing cow cheese on both sides of the bread, layered on about 2 turkey meatballs per sandwich (or as much as I could fit) then I poured some tomato sauce over them then put on the top slice. I used my LeCrueset square grill pan to "panini press" the sandwiches -- I used a heavy Calphalon jelly roll style pan weighted down with a large round LeCrueset roasting pot with lid to do the pressing-- if you have a panini press that would obviously be the route to go but our set up worked great!
Other options to put on the sandwich depending on your taste would be olive tapenade, sundried tomatoes, pepper jack cheese, roasted garlic, grilled onions.... the sky is the limit with personalizing this one! I got a great response from the fam on this one too; Jim and Mackenzie (who was over for a walk and dinner) both loved it AND Jim said he could eat it twice a week! That's a huge stamp of approval in this house. :) If you give this a try, leave a comment as I'd love to hear how it turns out!


  1. I tried it last night for the first time and thought it was great!

  2. But, I didn't understand why the cow was laughing.