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About Panini


Italy's greatest cultural export in the last decade has been the seductively simple, yet flavour bursting pressed sandwiches known as panini. Traditionally found in cafes, bars and trattorias from Firenze to Napoli, Venezia to Turino, the popularity of the Italian panini has surged across Europe and recently to North American shores.

Panini is simply the Italian name for sandwiches, however it is almost always used in reference to sandwiches that are placed in a two-sided cooking press that compresses and grills the sandwich until hot and toasted.

Unlike an American style sandwich cooker or pie iron, a Panini Press is not designed to crimp the bread of the
sandwich. Rather, the goal is to uniformly compress the sandwich as it toasts without the ingredients or
bread being trimmed by the edge of the cooker. The end result of cooking in a Panini Press is a sandwich
with a surprising depth of flavour and layered composition.

Using expressive and fresh ingredients are key to the traditional panini sandwich. This starts with quality
artisan bread such as ciabatta rolls, foccacia or baguette - sliced open and filled with your choice of vegetables, cheese or meats. Once the sandwich is composed, lightly oil the outside of the bread, place in the Panini Press,
close the latch and place over medium heat (stovetop, campfire or barbeque grills - charcoal or gas.) After
about 4 minutes, flip the Panini Press and continue cooking for another 4 minutes or until the sandwich is
hot and toasted. Cooking time varies with the bread and ingredients used so just use this as a guideline and after you've made a few panini you'll develop a feeling for the cooking time.

Panini can vary from the simple prosciutto, mozzarella & tomato to more complex recipes that involve prep cooking such as chicken breast with roasted red peppers and pesto mayonnaise (remember that all uncooked meat
such as chicken must be precooked before using in a sandwich.) The diversity in ingredients, experimentation and creativity used in conjunction with such a simple cooking device is what makes using a Panini Press so fulfilling.

Remember that the idea is not to overwhelm the sandwich with too many ingredients, but to focus on the balance of flavours and textures that you want to bring out when the panini is pressed and toasted.

Panini Ideas To Get You Started:

  • Ricotta, Roasted Peppers
  • Basil, Mozzarella, Tomato, Balsamic Vinegar
  • Eggplant Caponata, Roasted Red Peppers, Goat Cheese
  • Prosciutto, Goat Cheese, Arugula
  • Pesto Mayonnaise, Chicken, Red Pepper
  • Ham, Mushrooms, Gruyere
  • Tomato, Mozzarella, Coppa Salami
  • Ham, Gruyere, Tomato
  • Mozzarella, Tomato, Pancetta
  • Ham, Emmental Cheese, Basil
  • Tuna, Olives, Anchovies
  • Roasted Eggplant, Goat Cheese, Basil
  • Tuna, Tomato, Olives, Mozzarella
  • Gorgonzola, Red Wine Vinegar, Olive Oil, Mixed Greens

 


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In its most basic function, a pie iron is a way to cook grilled sandwiches and fruit pies over an open fire. This is done by placing the food (in the above cases, two pieces of buttered bread with cheese or fruit filling) inside a cooking compartment formed by two metal casting that hook together using a hinge. Metal rods with wood handles extend from the castings so the user can easily manoeuvre the pie iron over a campfire. A few minutes over the heat and a perfectly toasted sandwich or pie emerges from the cooker.

Of course if that's all there was to a pie iron, this site wouldn't exist, you wouldn't be reading this and we probably wouldn't have been making them since the early 60's. What the pie iron really does is bring together family and friends around a campfire to enjoy easy to cook snacks in a fun and inclusive environment.

We offer designs in several different styles - round, square and double-sized. Additionally, we have specific designs such as a waffle iron, a burger and meat griller and a panini press.
 
Regardless of material or shape, all of our pie irons are made using top quality components such as chrome plated rods and long hardwood handles and are assembled with care in our Peoria, Illinois workshop (using imported & domestic parts.) All our products carry a five year guarantee.