Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Turkey Gruyere Paninis and Homemade Tomato Soup

For those of you not familiar with Gruyere cheese, it is my all time favorite cheese. It's very similar to Swiss and tastes great on sandwiches. So that's what I did for lunch today on this lovely snow day...again!

SO, first of all, I am using a panini press.

If you don't have one, that's OK, just use a pan and follow the directions like your making a grilled cheese.

That's my new lunch box(bag) in the background. I love it!

Heat up your panini press to medium heat. Now we will make the herb butter. It adds so much flavor to the sandwich. Kind of like the flavored bread at Subway!

Start with 2 tablespoons of butter. That's enough butter for about two sandwiches depending on the size of bread. Zap the butter in the microwave for 15 seconds. Just long enough so it's soft and you can stir it. Stir in a bit of your favorite herbs. I always use my Sunny Paris. (explained here) You only need a sprinkle! Then, do one more complete stir for good measure.

Mmmm. Butter.

Spread the butter on one side each of two pieces of bread. I went a little crazy with the pictures so now you get step-by-step photos!

Pile on some turkey.

And a couple slices of that delectable Gruyere cheese. Gruyere is usually found in the fancy cheese section of your grocery store, although I'm not actually sure it's sold at our local store, No Frills. Just some Swiss would still be delicious.

Next, put it on the hot panini press-buttered sides outwards- and gently smoosh it down for about ten seconds.

I like that picture. I think it looks really cool, or warm!

After about 3-4 minutes, it will be nice and golden and crispy and ready to be taken off.

Does that look heavenly or what?

I paired my sandwich with a nice big bowl of homemade creamy tomato soup. Recipe for that HERE.

What the heck? Why not add a little shredded Gruyere on top of the soup while we have it out?

Go make this now! You'll be glad I forcefully told you to do so!


  1. hahaaaa! so im totally guessing your soup is 10000000000 times better than the kind at school... (well, most food is) but do you like tomatoes?
    i dont, but do you think i would like tomato soup? ive only had the kind at school, so i wouldnt know!

  2. Teen Cooking QueenJanuary 6, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    I really don't like tomatoes. I do like ketchup and pasta sauce and stuff but canned tomato soup has never been my thing. This soup though, because it's homeade, taste delicious and I bet you would love it!

  3. I kind of miss the carrot soup...

    - Dad

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