Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Panini Mexicana

     Panini Mexicana:
     I recently went on a streak of creating nice gourmet panini and monte cristo sandwich recipes, after buying a large loaf of good French bread.  Its funny how just a simple loaf of bread can inspire a chef to create!  I chose gourmet ingredients for some of the sandwiches and I created interesting themes for others.  The ingredients for this gourmet panini are not exotic and they are really just common everyday Mexican food items.  What made this panini special is that it is one of a kind.  I seriously doubt if any chef has made a tasty Mexican style panini like this!
     Heat a saute pan over medium/medium low heat.
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil or lard.
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of minced onion.
     Add 1 minced garlic clove.
     Add 1/2 tablespoon of minced jalapeno.
     Saute till the onions start to turn clear in color.
     Add 4 ounces of lean ground beef.
     Saute till the beef becomes browned.  Break up any clumps of ground beef as it cooks.
     Add 1 cup of water.
     Add 2 pinches of ground chile ancho.
     Add 2 pinches of New Mexico chile powder.
     Add 1 pinch of cumin.
     Add 2 pinches of coriander.
     Add sea salt and black pepper.
     Simmer and reduce the liquid, till the liquid has nearly evaporated.  The ground beef should have just a thin coating of the taco sauce.  Keep the taco meat warm on a stove top.
     Place 4 ounces of refried beans in a small sauce pot.  (Canned refried beans or fresh can be used.)
     Add about 1 1/2 ounces of water.
     Gently warm the refried beans over very low heat.
     Cut 2 slices of French bread.
     Brush one side of each bread slice with olive oil.
     Spread a thin layer of the refried beans on one slice of bread.
     Place an even layer of the taco meat on the refried beans.
     Place a few thin slices of tomato on the taco meat.
     Place a few thin slices of Queso Oaxaca or Monterey Jack cheese on the tomato slices.
     Place the top slice of bread on the sandwich.
     Place the sandwich on a panini grill that is set to medium heat.
     Close the panini grill lid and just let the weight of the grill lid press the sandwich.
     Grill the sandwich, till it becomes toasted golden brown.
     Place the sandwich on a cutting board and cut it into 3 triangle shapes.
     Place the panini triangles on a plate.
     Place a ramekin of Mexican style hot sauce on the plate.
     Garnis with a sweet gherkin pickle and an Italian parsley sprig.

     This is a nice panini sandwich for lunch or for a football game party!

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