August is National Panini Month! Carb lovers rejoice! Check out this recipe for turning a boring ol' peanut butter and jelly sandwich into a gourmet panini masterpiece ....
How can you dress up this already-tasty staple? Celeb chef and mom Susannah Locketti has a simple recipe for a decadent PB&J panini. All you need is some thick and hearty whole-grain bread and a little creamy and fruity creativity.
Two large, 1"-thick slices of hearty whole-grain bread
All-natural peanut butter
100 percent all-fruit preserves
Four 2"-thick green apple slices (optional)
2 tsp. butter
Heat your panini press until hot. Spread peanut butter on both slices of bread. If using the apples, place apple slices on the peanut butter on both pieces of bread. Spread the preserves on one slice, then top with the other to form the sandwich. Spread one teaspoon of butter on each side of the sandwich, then place the gourmet PB&J on the hot press and close. Remove when golden brown and oozing with the yummy fillings. With a sharp knife, cut in half and serve as a midday snack with a big cold glass of milk!
Note: If you do not have a panini press, you can use a grill pan or just cook it in a pan like you would a grilled cheese.