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Sausage Panini with Grapes & Gorgonzola Dolce


Yields 2 sandwiches.

  • by from Panini Express

This easy recipe combines three quintessentially Italian foods into a satisfying sandwich. Gorgonzola dolce is a creamy, mild, spreadable version of the famously pungent blue cheese.

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  • One  4-oz. Italian sausage
  • Two 6-inch lengths store-bought or homemade baguettes
  • 3 oz. (6 Tbs.) Gorgonzola Dolce or other spreadable blue cheese
  • 1/3 cup red grapes (about 9 large grapes), cut into thin slices

Use a sharp chef's knife to cut the sausage almost in half lengthwise, leaving the two halves just barely attached to each other. Grill, broil, or pan-fry the "butterflied" sausage until cooked through. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.

Heat a panini or sandwich press according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Slice the baguette pieces in half lengthwise and spread some cheese on the bottom half of each baguette. Lightly press the grape slices into the cheese so they'll stay put. Place a sausage half, flat side down, on top of the grapes. Top each sandwich with the top half of the baguette.

Put the sandwiches on the press, pull the top down, and cook until they are browned and crisp, 4 to 7 minutes, depending on how hot your machine is. Carefully remove from the press and serve immediately.

Serving Suggestions

Serve with Sautéed Fennel & Red Onion with Arugula on the side.

Photo: Ellen Silverman

The flavors of this sandwich are delicious! Make certain you buy healthy sized italian sausages (mine were the grocery store brand and a little on the small side once cooked) as well as a skinny baguette (my store's offering was rather wide). As a result, while the flavor was fantastic, there was way more bread per mouthful than I would have liked. I will definately adjust those two items and include this on my menu for nights when I need something quick and easy!

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