Thursday, January 26, 2012

Hot Off the Press... [Chicken Bacon Bleu Panini]

So I totally forgot to post a panini recipe last Thursday... whoops. I'm sure you were all waiting with bated breath and were very disappointed.


Well, never fear, because I've got a fabulous panini recipe tonight! Tangy bleu cheese and salty bacon come together to form a delectable sandwich. It comes from the panini cookbook I received for Christmas, 200 Best Panini Recipes (thanks Mom!).


The Chicken Bacon Bleu panini: grilled chicken, crisp bacon, and bleu cheese on sourdough with a spread of barbecue sauce and sliced red onion.





I had never thought of putting bleu cheese on a panini before I saw this recipe. I feared there wouldn't be enough ooey gooey cheese! But bleu cheese actually melts pretty nicely. It's no Velveeta, but it added a great tang to the sandwich. 


First, spread the bottom piece of bread with a bit of barbecue sauce, and top with some grilled chicken. I actually used my panini press to grill my chicken for the first time, and it was so easy! No need for a George Foreman in this house.








Then comes the crispy bacon. Looooooove bacon.





Then the bleu cheese crumbles. Don't go too overboard here; bleu cheese is really strong.





Then a few red onion slices.





Top with the second bread slice and panini your heart out!


I spy with my little eye a very delicious beverage.
A few minutes later, panini perfection.


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Chicken Bacon Bleu Panini


  • 4 slices sourdough bread
  • 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • 2 grilled chicken breasts, sliced
  • ½ cup crumbled bleu cheese
  • 4 slices crisp, cooked bacon
  • 8-10 thin slices red onion

Method

Spread barbecue sauce on two slices of bread. Top with sliced chicken, bleu cheese, bacon, and red onion. Cook on panini press on HIGH until crisp on the outside and warm on the inside, about 3-4 minutes.


Source: 200 Best Panini Recipes

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In other news, I got a special delivery today! I was due for a new pair of running shoes, so I went to amazon.com to order a pair of my Mizuno Wave Creation's. I've been wearing these shoes since I was 16 years old... started with the Wave Creation 6 and am now wearing the Wave Creation 13. Crazy!


Anyway, this is the first time there's ever been an exciting color! I've never had a running shoe where the main color is not white. I am so excited for my hot pink trainers... I cannot wait to run this weekend.

The best part? I got a random $35 discount from amazon! I was all prepared to shell out the big bucks for these shoes. It's totally worth it to know I'm not risking injury... that was a non-negotiable when my Business Man and I got married. I told him that buying running shoes every 4 months or so would be a must - and that they would probably run over $100 each time. He agreed. (He knows running keeps me sane, haha.)


So, when we checked out online and got these for only $105 instead of $140, we were so stoked! Still don't know why, but I'm not complaining. :) Plus free 2-day shipping thanks to my in-laws amazon prime account. Life is good.

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