Thursday, August 5, 2010

Salami Fontinella Pesto Panini/Girard Dressing Winners!

Hi everyone, I am posting my "recipe" for the Panini sandwich that was served at Red Couch Deli last night.  But first I want to announce the winners of the Girard's Dressings Giveway.  The Marzetti Company, the parent company of Girard's, is graciously providing 5 followers of Red Couch Recipes four bottles of their premium dressings.  Using Random.Org, the lucky winners are the following:

1.  Rachel at Chocoholic
2.  Karin at Style Sisters
3.  Cynthia at ITLLDO 
4.  Joycee at Granny Mountain
5.  Sherry at Charm of Home

Thank you Girard's and thank you everyone for entering my giveaway! It is so fun to be able to give away five prize packages! 

You don't have to have a Panini-maker to make this...but I do love my Panini Maker!  If you don't have a Panini-maker, just cook it like a grilled cheese sandwich.

I want to tell you that being born in Wisconsin you can't help but be a cheese lover!  A recent find for me has been Fontinella!  It is an "Italian-type" cheese than is softer and creamier than Asiago and slightly less sharp!  Yum! 

Recipe for Salami Fontinella Pesto Panini

Fontinella Cheese
Salami -- I prefer Genoa.
Basil Pesto -- Your own or store bought.
Sun-Dried Tomatoes, preferably not in oil or if in oil drained and patted dry
Sourdough or Artisan-type bread -- Do not use a fluffy bread.
Olive Oil

This is a picture of my pesto with the sun-dried tomato added.  I don't have a recipe to give for my pesto.  I just wing it every time.  It is made of fresh basil, parmesan cheese, garlic, and olive oil. 

Put pesto and several sun-dried tomatoes in food process and blend well.  Place salami on one slice of bread and add small amount of pesto.  Then add thin slice(s) of Fontinella Cheese.  Top with second slice of bread and drizzle small amount of olive oil on both top and bottom of Panini.  Cook in Panini Grill, mine only has one temperature, until ingredients inside are warm and cheese is melted and the bread is browned.  NOTE:  Since, all of these are very strong-flavored (love it!) ingredients, you do not need to use a lot of each of the ingredients individually.  


I am posting this with the following:

Tuesday Night Supper Club


Allie and Pattie said...

Joni, it's a rare day that our panini maker isn't used- and pesto is one of my favorite panini ingredients! YUM!
xoxo Pattie

Lynn said...

Congrats to the winners! Your pesto looks yummy, and I've never tried Fontinella, think I might soon!

Mary said...

My panini press is heating up right now :-) I'm glad to know about Fontinella cheese!

Jacqueline said...

I hadn't heard about Fontinella before. I love anything in a panini maker. It is one of my favorite gadgets and the great thing is that the kids can make it themselves. We even take it with us on vacation! Your pesto looks incredible. All that fab cheese oozing out, oh I am hungry now.
ps I got the Littlefield books today from Heber and Beverly and Fritz and Tim's too. I guess we will have to have Sunday dinner to hand them out. When can you make it up?

Beth said...

Joni, That looks delicious! You know how to set a pretty table, and how to cook! I'm less of a cook, more of a baker. But I do get a lot of good recipes in Blogland and one of my favorites is the pork with fennel and cream sauce you made. Delish! Have a great wknd!
Blessings, Beth

Olga Poltava said...

Looks so delicious. I love pesto.

Rachel said...

Oh yeah...t hat looks so good! I love how deli-ish it looks in the basket with the chips! YUM!

Queen B. said...

this looks AMAZING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Joy Tilton said...

Joni, I'm smiling from ear to ear this morning over being one of the winners of the Girard Dressings! Thank you so much, I can't wait to try them out. I have a Breadman panini maker that I ordered from QVC several years ago and it makes any sandwich better! The rustic bread, great deli meat and cheese meld into a very filling meal. Thanks all of your recipes and tablescape ideas!

Patricia @ ButterYum said...

You're speaking my food love language!!!


the country cook said...

That looks delicious! I bet my husband would absolutely love it! -

Sue said...

Oh, looks and sounds so yummy! Congrats to your winners. I won a box of the dressings from BJ, so I am anxious to try them !

Rettabug said...

Joni, these sandwiches look spectacular but I have to tell you, I lost my appetite watching your kids cliff jump! YIKES!!! Gives me the willies just to look at the photos. ~shiver~

Now I'm off to find the pork with fennel and cream sauce recipe you made that Beth just spoke of. I ♥ Blogging!!!

Unknown said...

this looks so good. we happen to have an old restaurant style panini maker that doesn't get nearly enough play. i am dying to try this recipe on it. yum!!!! thanks for linking up to TNSC!

Cynthia@ITLLDO said...

I can't believe I am a winner!!! thanks so very much! This panini recipe looks awesome...can't wait to try it.

FrouFrouBritches said...

That looks sooo good! I HATE I already went grocery shopping today!! I'll be having this this weekend. YUM!