Fabulous because they are full of mozzarella cheese, balsamic vinaigrette, fresh basil, ripe Roma tomatoes, and sautéed mushrooms with garlic.
Ghetto because all of those delicious ingredients are sandwiched and melted to perfection in hot dog buns.
Derek and I went to Costco last week. In our “mass consumption high,” we bought an excessive amount of hot dog buns. Sometimes I can get taken away by the bargain and forget to think about the practicality of eating say four dozen hot dog buns in the next week, because there is absolutely no way they will fit in the freezer.
So Ghetto Fabulous Panini were born and we are all the better for it!
We sliced up three Roma tomatoes and roughly chopped some basil.
Doesn’t the tomato in the center look like it has a jack o’lantern face?
I mixed some balsamic vinaigrette in with the tomatoes and basil, while Der sliced the cheese.
Mushrooms and garlic were sautéed in olive oil and angels came down from heaven and sang because it smelled THAT good!
Let me just take a moment to tell you if you don’t have a panini grill, you need to get one. The boys and I got one for Derek for Father’s Day last year. I was worried because I thought it was a lame gift but he loves it and uses it just like you would a George Forman. He makes hamburgers, cheese crisps, brats, and now paninis.
(This would be a good place for a shot of the grill, if I had taken one. Don’t worry, I am sure you will be introduced at a later date.)
The panini grill preheated while I assembled the sandwiches.
Each open bun acted as a slice of bread.
I sprayed the outside of the buns with a little butter flavored Pam before I panini’d them.