Wednesday, June 9, 2010

And even more grilling...

Grilling indoors and out! The Grill outside always gets a good workout, but lately so has the panini grill. We picked up fresh hamburger buns from the bakery and I got the brilliant idea to throw it all on the panini grill. The Griller grilled the burgers outside first and that soft, freshly baked, squishy hamburger roll crisped up so nicely on the panini machine. Filled it with red peppers that were roasted first, fresh mushrooms, raw Vidalia onion and a slice of cheddar cheese. A little, actually a lot, chipotle mayo and panini perfection was achieved! The mushrooms and the onions softened and the top sort of slid off when I closed the lid a bit, and the cheese and onions got a little sloppy but this one was a winner! I am getting more use out of that panini griller than I ever thought I would.

Got a little more ambitious and made a few salads for the side. We won't discuss the roasted Sweet Potato chunks I forgot about in the oven. Those did not survive. but the salads were really good.

The Fennel-Mushroom salad is so good, we've had that one before! Tried two new ones. A pasta salad from my friend Cindy that was a big winner!  So was the Three-Bean Salad. and all were delicious leftovers for lunch with a turkey sandwich today!

Hamburger Panini

Shaved Fennel, Mushroom and Parmesan Salad
Source: posted Gardenweb by MQmoi, recipe by Alice Waters (Chez Panisse)
Printable Recipe

fennel (sliced thin)
fresh lemon juice
olive oil
salt and pepper
thinly sliced mushrooms
Parmesan shavings

Cut off the feathery tops of the fennel at the base of their stalks and remove the outer layer of the bulbs. Slice the bulbs very thin with a mandolin or a very sharp knife.

Assemble the salad in layers on a large platter or on individual salad plates.

First make a layer of the fennel slices. Squeeze lemon juice evenly over the fennel and drizzle with fruity olive oil, salt and pepper. Then make a layer of the mushrooms, also sliced very thin. Squeeze more lemon juice over them, drizzle evenly with olive oil, salt and pepper.

Grate or cut thin shavings of the Parmesan with cheese slicer or a vegetable peeler and arrange them on top of the salad. Drizzle with olive oil. Serve immediately.

Other options are artichokes and balsamic vinegar. If you don't like the raw mushrooms, you can also saute them.

Three-Bean Salad with Vinaigrette

Source: Martha Stewart, Everyday Food August 2007
Printable Recipe

note: I used frozen wax and green beans, already trimmed! and steam in the microwave!)

8 ounces green beans, stem ends removed, halved on the diagonal
4 ounces yellow wax beans, stem ends removed, halved on the diagonal
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 can (15 ounces) cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
1 chopped shallot

Fill a large bowl with ice water; set aside. Set a steamer basket in a large pot with a lid. Fill with a couple inches of water, enough to come just below basket; bring to a boil. or you can steam in the microwave.

Place green and wax beans in the steamer basket; reduce heat to a simmer. Cover pot, and steam until beans are crisp-tender, 6 to 8 minutes. With tongs or a slotted spoon, transfer beans to ice water. Drain, and pat dry.

In a medium bowl, whisk together shallots, mustard, vinegar, and oil; season with salt and pepper. Add all the beans; toss to coat.  If storing, refrigerate up to 1 day; bring to room temperature before serving.

Bruschetta Orzo Salad
Source: A recipe from Bon Appetit, adapted by Cindy 5NY
Printable Recipe

1 cup orzo pasta
2 tomatoes, chopped
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil
optional: kalamata olives, feta, tuna (I used fresh mozzarella)

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Cook pasta according to package directions for about 8 minutes, or until just tender; drain.
Combine dressing ingredients.
Place hot pasta in large bowl and toss with a little dressing; cool about 15 minutes, tossing occasionally.
Add remaining ingredients and dressing to bowl and toss to mix well.
Cover and chill at least 1 hour.
Serve chilled or at room temperature.


  1. What a great buy your panini grill was - you have gotten lots of uses from it. This deluxe burger is no exception - yummy!

    What a great variety of salad recipes as well.

  2. Oh my I am just drooling here - wow.

  3. I like the idea of hamburger served on crisp pannini bread! I ahve to try your fennel mushroom salad .. I love both!

  4. What a delicious sounding menu...the fennel mushroom salad, especially!

  5. Carol, what an outstanding menu! I will have seconds of the fennel mushroom salad please :-)
    I should make paninis more often after seeing that wonderful burger.

  6. Wow! You've been one busy woman!

  7. Wow! It all looks delicious! Love that sandwich and the bean salad is loaded with good things. The orzo sounds delicious and what great colors!

  8. Sounds like a good dinner..
    I did pineapple on the pannini last week. I love it.

  9. This was a wonderful summer food spread. I never thought to grill the burgers indoor with a pannini grill perfect idea.

    I really like the fennel salad with mushrooms and parmesan. I am keeping this recipe. Poor fennel is an underrated vegetable and it is wonderful in salads.

  10. What a great idea, Carol! Those panini burgers look incredible! I would love to try that fennel salad too. I love fennel!

  11. Great collection of recipes ~ thanks so much for sharing!

  12. My favorite in this delectable dishes is the orso. One complete meal by itself.

    The "marks" of the burgers of the panini press is very appealing.

  13. I am a huge fan of orzo!! The orzo salad looks sooo good!

  14. Leave it to you to dress up a hamburger!! Great idea... I have a Griddler Jr. which has the hinged back like a pannini - will have to try your burger on that!!

  15. Love the orzo salad!
    Hamburger Ppanini looks very interesting.

  16. Great salads, but I'm completely taken by your hamburger panani! YUM!


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