Friday, October 30, 2009


Today, when hubby asked what we were having for lunch, I told him turkey panini's. He got one of those proud grins on his face, that told me he was getting ready to make a wisecrack; then he told me he didn't know turkeys HAD panini's. He can be delightfully goofy.

Todays sandwiches were made with a no-frills basic focaccia bread. For those of you who are still getting familiar with yeast doughs, this would be an excellent recipe to try; it is a very easy one and the results are fantastic.

Turkey and Smoked Gouda Panini

 2¾ cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white sugar
1 tablespoon dry active yeast
1 clove garlic minced
½ teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil (divided)
1 cup warm milk

Mix the first six ingredients together in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix in warm milk and one tablespoon of olive oil. Mix well and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic (it only takes a few minutes). Cover with plastic and let it sit in a warm place for an hour. Push all of the air out of the dough and place it on a greased baking sheet. Pat the dough into a ½" thick rectangle and brush with the remaining one tablespoon of olive oil. Cover the rectangle very loosely with plastic wrap and let it sit for 30 minutes (it will raise a little, but not a lot). After 30 minutes, make dents in the dough (with your fingertips) every few inches over the entire surface of the focaccia. Bake at 450 for 15 minutes or until lightly golden. Cool the focaccia completely before slicing it horizontally to make sandwiches.

NOTE: This focaccia is basically a blank slate; you can add anything you like to the dough. If you want an herb focaccia, add 1 teaspoon each of dried oregano, dried thyme and dried basil to the first stage of the dough. If you want a cheesy focaccia, top the dough with a cup of shredded mozzarella and 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan just before baking.

NOTE: I've been using my GF Grilling Machine to make panini's by setting a large heavy can of something on the closed grill top (to weight the sandwich down). It works very well.


Katy ~ said...

Love focaccia bread but have never tried making it from scratch. Beautiful panini.

LOL about cow catcher. And isn't your beloved too funny about not knowing that turkeys have paninis!

Nat said...

I love Focaccia too...when I read the title on my blog roll i was excited as I knew there would be a beautiful panini in the picture ( and I was NOT in the least bit dissapointed ). I would love to try this & top the focaccia with halved baby cherry tomatoes...would that work out okay ?.... It would be pretty though right ?....

Thanks so much for the this Coleen!

PS : I had a big chuckle about the turky's panini : )...

Ingrid said...

Cow catcher? LOL!

Thanks for another great yeasty recipe for me to jump into.

Happy Friday!

Wandering Coyote said...

Beautiful paninis!

Mary said...

I really like the way this looks. The panini is gorgeous. Have a wonderful weekend.

Barbara Bakes said...

Your panini looks fabulous! I think I need a George Foreman Grill!

betty r said...

'Spell check' obviously doesn't oook! grin
Great recipe Coleen!

betty r said...

Now I need spell I meant to say cook!

Valerie said...

This cow catcher (just kidding) looks so good! I hope to get a stand mixer soon cuz I'm not good with bread by hand. Yours looks so perfect!

Monica H said...

ooh, you're blog is orange! Happy Halloween!

This sandwich looks so good- I adore paninis.