Ally's Sweet and Savory Eats: Turkey & Tomato Panini's with Garlic Basil Aioli

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Turkey & Tomato Panini's with Garlic Basil Aioli

I'm not sure why, but I woke up in a great mood this morning. I think it is because I have nothing planned today and I'm headed to my hometown tomorrow to see many friends - it's baby shower time!

Remember my friend Biff? Well, us girls (5 of us who have been close since elementary school) are throwing her a baby shower on Saturday. Who doesn't love babies?

My mood got even better when I saw Biz was holding a giveaway today for a generous load of gifts - cheese, homemade salsa, and two, count them 2 cookbooks! If one of my readers wins, I expect all of this to be shared:)

On to my eats - you all know my LOVE for the panini. I could eat one everyday if allowed. The crisp bread, melty cheese...yum. I usually just throw some meat, cheese, veggies between two slices of bread and call it a day, but this time I got a little more creative.

Do you know what aioli is? If not, it is a flavored mayonnaise, usually with garlic. Healthy? No. Delicious? Yes.

Turkey & Tomato Panini with Garlic Basil Aioli
2 slices whole wheat bread (I use Earthgrains)
3-4 slices mesquite turkey
1 slice muenster cheese
2 slices tomato
1-2 T. garlic basil aioli (recipe below)

Garlic Basil Aioli
1/2 c. mayonnaise
1 T. parmesan cheese
1 T. grainy mustard (I used Annie's horseradish mustard)
1 t. minced garlic or one clove
4-5 leaves of fresh basil if large, more if small (like mine)

In food processor, combine all ingredients and pulse. Once they've come together, blend on high until incorporated. Makes about a 1/2 cup. Will keep in fridge for up to one week.


Spread aioli on bread, layer with turkey, tomato and cheese. Press in panini press until melted and crispy.


I have just enough of the above ingredients left for one last sandwich for lunch. Exciting. In my next life I'm either opening up a panini deli or a bakery. Or better yet, a place that sells panini's and cupcakes on the side.
Yes, that's the right combo.

21 comments:

  1. Woah, woah, woahhhhhh... this is my kinda panini!! I think you and I would get along perfectly!! :) Yummmmmmmm!! I will be the first in line at your panini deli/cupcake bakery!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  2. It's always such a great start to the day when you wake up in a good mood! This panini looks super tasty!

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  3. Yum, yum, YUM!!! This looks awesome! I love paninis....I need to invest in a panini press at some point!

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  4. "Panini's"??? Mamma mia, please learn the Italian word. Panino = ONE sandwich. Panini = MORE THAN ONE sandwich. And please, no greengrocer's apostrophes. Let's not spread ignorance.

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  5. I love that you made aioli from scratch! I love it but always buy it in a jar from Trader Joe's. Now I can make it...thanks for the recipe :)

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  6. Wow - so much for having a good day! To Anonymous, I'm sorry I offended you with my bad grammer. But honestly, just because I used the word panini wrong, I do not believe I am spreading ignorance.

    Let's keep this food blog fun!

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  7. I would definitely hit up your panini/cupcake shop! I think you've got something there.

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  8. Ally! Thank you so much for sharing!
    Why would you ever need to go to Panera when you can whip out a sandwich like this!? Yum!

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  9. Now THAT is a panini!!! YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!

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  10. Send some over here please - NOM

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  11. I totally need to invest in a panini press! That sammie looks delish :).

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  12. Hi Ally! That looks so yummy! I have always want to make my own homemade ailoi.
    I also just wanted to let you know I have given you an award!
    http://angieshealthylivingblog.blogspot.com/2010/07/awards-for-me-and-for-you.html
    Have a great weekend!

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  14. You're so amazing with your dips and such. I love aioli and will definitely try to make some of this!

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  15. You're so amazing with your dips and such. I love aioli and will definitely try to make some of this!

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  16. I totally need to invest in a panini press! That sammie looks delish :).

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  17. Now THAT is a panini!!! YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!

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  18. "Panini's"??? Mamma mia, please learn the Italian word. Panino = ONE sandwich. Panini = MORE THAN ONE sandwich. And please, no greengrocer's apostrophes. Let's not spread ignorance.

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  19. Yum, yum, YUM!!! This looks awesome! I love paninis....I need to invest in a panini press at some point!

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