Wednesday, July 14, 2010
I love a sandwich. It's easy, it's quick and it can be as boring or as interesting as your mood takes you. As I have a husband who is often out of town a sandwich is often on the menu on these days. Add a salad, and, or a bowl of soup and in no time at all you can have a delicious supper, very quickly.
Last week while deciding what to put between two slices of bread, or in this case a sliced pannini, I like to keep different breads and rolls in the freezer for ease and variety. I knew I wanted something hot, so that was a starting place. And I wanted something very tasty and light. Now a look into the fridge to see what I could come up with.
Luckily I had some left over roasted vegetables. I had roasted up some peppers, courgettes and red onions at the weekend. I love cooking vegetables like this. They can be eaten hot, or cold later in the week. The choice of vegetables is entirely up to you. Just chop them up add salt pepper and herbs, a slug of olive oil and stick them into the oven at 250c for 35-45mins. half way through give them a stir. As they come out of the oven I add a splash of balsamic which is sucked up into the vegetables. The smell is amazing. The only things I don't add are tomatoes and mushrooms as they give off too much water. They can be roasted separately and added later.
So I now had the base of the sandwich. A jar of pesto and some goats cheese would complete my supper.
I spread the pannini with the pesto and layered on the vegetables and cheese. As I am without a sandwich maker at the moment I popped it into one of my toasting bags, they're wonderful, and popped it into the toaster.
Soon I was tucking into a really delicious and satisfying supper. I was happy.
Sandwich fillings can often be boring but they don't need to be. They are only limited by your imagination. I have done brie, parma ham and melon and it was so good. Not something you might think of when you reach for the bread, but stop and think, check out leftovers and experiment. You never know what you might turn up.