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Sandwich making is typically a pretty basic operation here. That’s why you won’t find many sandwich recipes here on Cooking Chat, particularly if you don’t count burgers. But recently we had an opened jar of Moroccan Style Tomato Onion Spread from Wozz Kitchen Creations that needed to get used. That got me to be a bit more creative with my sandwich making, resulting in this Moroccan Turkey Pannini.
This pannini is a nice combination of savory, sweet and spice. The spice blend is more flavorful than hot, and has a bit of sweetness to it, which goes nicely with the savoriness of the cheese and grilled bread.
Things you’ll need: The sandwich is pretty simple to put together if you have the tomato spread. You can order some from Wozz Kitchen Creations or find a retailer that carries it on their website. There are more retail options here in New England. I’m not affiliated with the company in any way, just trying to hook you up with this tasty stuff! Plus, I like to support small businesses with a good product.
My quick Googling didn’t readily find comparable products from other companies. This recipe on Epicurious looks like it would create something similar to what I used, if you wanted to try your hand at making your own.
It certain helps to have a sandwich press to get the nice griddle marks going on the pannini. I definitely like the Cuisinart Griddler Panini and Sandwich Press that I have–a well-used Christmas gift from a few years ago! I’m sure there are other good options available. Note: The sandwich press links are served up through the Amazon affiliate program. If you choose to make a purchase through those links, I would receive a commission. I only link to products that I use and recommend!
If you don’t have a sandwich press and want to make on the skillet, do so in similar fashion to a basic grilled cheese. Use a spatula to press down on the sandwich as it cooks to facilitate the melting.
Make & eat: OK, enough preliminaries for what is still a simple sandwich. Check out the easy recipe below to make your Moroccan Turkey Pannini. You could go for the full Middle Eastern lunch by serving this along with some Muhammara Spicy Red Pepper Dip and pita chips. I wasn’t quite that motivated when I put this sandwich together, and served it with some potato chips and a Grillo pickle–awesome, super-fresh pickles made locally here in Boston. (another no-affiliation plug for a local business! 🙂 However you serve it, enjoy!
If you have another type of gourmet spread around, substitute that for the Moroccan spread…and let us know how it turns out!Print
Moroccan Turkey Pannini
A flavorful Moroccan tomato spread adds a tasty twist to this turkey sandwich.
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Cook Time: 5 mins
- Total Time: 10 mins
- Yield: 1 serving 1x
- Category: Sandwich
- Cuisine: Fusion
- 2 slices of bread
- 2 slices Provolone cheese
- 2 slices deli style turkey breast
- 1 tablespoon Moroccan tomato onion spread
- handful of spinach
- 1 tbsp softened butter
- Preheat a sandwich press. See notes in post text for approach without a sandwich press.
- Spread half the butter on one side of a piece of bread. Spread the remaining butter on one side of the second piece of bread. Place both buttered sides down on a plate.
- Spread the Moroccan tomato onion spread on one of the unbuttered sides of bread, and set aside.
- On the other unbuttered side of bread, add one slice of cheese, followed by the turkey. Spread the spinach on top of the turkey, then top with the remaining slice of cheese.
- Close the sandwich up by taking the bread with the Moroccan spread and placing it spread side down on the cheese.
- Carefully move the sandwich and set it in the heated press. Gently press down on the sandwich maker.
- The sandwich takes about 5 minutes to get the cheese melted and develop those nice griddle marks. Keep an eye on the cheese as the sandwich heats, you don’t need to cook it much past the point where the cheese has started to melt.
- When the sandwich is ready, use a plastic spatula to remove the sandwich from the press. Plate the sandwich, cutting it in half if you like for presentation effects. I like to serve it with a good pickle and some chips. Enjoy!
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