Sunday, April 18, 2010

Mozzarella, Raspberry and Brown Sugar Panini

So we were out running errands the other day and we decided to run into Target and get one of the items on our list. There was this crazy woman standing in front of the Giada display in some sort of trance......... anyway, next thing I know, we're standing at the registers and I am buying a panini maker. Yes, yes, it was Giada's panini maker.

Hello, my name is Sam, and I love Giada. I am about 2 steps away from packing my bags and heading out to California to see if I can sit out on her pool deck and attend all the dinner parties, and taste all those delicious meals that she serves to all her friends..... I kid, I kid...... My friends are about 2 steps from staging some sort of intervention. They said they are going to tie me up and drive me to some undisclosed location and force me to eat nothing but McDonalds and Burger King for days..... They're not kidding.

So, back to the subject...... I know, I know... I am probably the last person on the planet to get a panini maker, but I am so excited. Ahhhh the possibilities.... yummy possibilities. And possibilities that my soon to be 13 year old can execute for dinner all by himself. How did I ever live without it. Obviously I need to get out of the house more.

I took my new baby for a test run today, and this is what I made.

Giada's Mozzarella, Raspberry and Brown Sugar Panini.

You didn't really think I was going to make something that wasn't Giada's did you? Anyway, I digress.... it was delicious. Beyond delicious. Also very indulgent if you ask me. It would be perfect as a breakfast dish, but also would work well as a dessert. Seems like an odd combination of menu items, but let me tell you, this woman knows her food. It's brilliant I tell ya. Brilliant.

Here's the recipe (from Giada De Laurentiis and Can also be found in her new book Giada at Home
) I've adapted the recipe for one sandwich.

2 (1/2-inch thick) slices bakery-style white bread (or some kind of Italian bread)
extra-virgin olive oil for brushing
raspberry jam
1/4 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
2 slices fresh mozzarella, drained and patted dry
Kosher salt, optional
1 teaspoon light brown sugar

Preheat the panini press.

Using a pastry brush, brush the bread on both sides with the oil. Spread 1 side of each slice of bread with the raspberry jam. Sprinkle the rosemary over the jam. Cut 2 slices of mozzarella. Place the slices of cheese onto the bread on top of the raspberry jam. Season the cheese with a pinch of salt, if using. 

Place the remaining slice of bread on top, jam-side down. Sprinkle the top with the brown sugar. Press in the panini press for 3 to 5 minutes until the cheese has melted and the bread is golden and crispy.
Cut the panini in half and eat it.


  1. must try...looks so tempting...let me know how that goes...sitting on Giada's deck ;)

  2. Ahhhhh Theresa......if only..... Let me know if you try it.