Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Ham and Cheese Panini and Simple Kale Salad

 I love making paninis for dinner. They are quick and easy and require minimal clean up. I like to pair these paninis with a simple kale salad.

8 thin slices of ham
4 slices of Gruyere cheese
2 ciabatta rolls
1 tablespoon apricot preserves

Slice ciabatta rolls horizontally. Spread 1/2 tablespoon apricot preserves on each of the bottom halves of the rolls. Layer the ham on top of the apricot preserves then top with cheese. Put the tops of the rolls on the sandwiches and place them in the panini maker. Close the lid and let cook for about 5 minutes. In the meantime prepare the kale salad.

Simple kale salad
Wash, dry and chop one bunch of kale. Mix together 1/4 cup olive oil, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, a generous pinch of kosher salt and a dash of black pepper. Toss dressing with kale and top with Parmesan cheese.

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