Sweet and Savory Turkey Panini


·         Canola oil, to fry

·         1 pound thick cut bacon, slices cut in 1/2

·         1/3 cup maple syrup

·         1 cup all-purpose flour

·         1 teaspoon cayenne

·         Salt and freshly ground black pepper

·         2 cups thinly sliced shallots

·         1 cup mayonnaise

·         4 chipotle peppers, chopped

·         1 tablespoon adobo sauce

·         1 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro leaves

·         1/2 lemon, juiced

·         1 tablespoon minced garlic

·         1 roasted skin-on turkey breast, store-bought

·         6 thick slices marble rye bread

·         8 to 12 slices smoked Cheddar

·         Melted butter, to cook sandwiches


Fill a pot with 2-inches of canola oil and heat it to 375 degrees F. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Arrange the bacon on a sheet tray with a rack. Brush the bacon with even amounts of maple syrup. Bake until crisp, about 18 to 22 minutes. Remove the bacon from the oven to a paper towel lined platter. Set aside.

Combine the flour, cayenne, and salt and pepper, to taste, in a medium-sized bowl. Add the sliced shallots and toss the shallots in the flour to coat evenly. Shake off excess flour. Working in 2 batches, fry the shallots until crisp, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove them to a paper towel lined platter and sprinkle with salt. Set aside.

In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, chipotles, adobo sauce, cilantro, lemon and garlic until well combined. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.

Slice the turkey breast into 1/4-inch slices. Lay the bread out on a large cutting board. Spread chipotle mayonnaise on each slice of bread. Top each slice of bread with a slice of smoked Cheddar and a couple slices of bacon. Sprinkle some crispy shallots on 3 slices of bread. Put a few slices of turkey on top of the onions. Sprinkle some additional shallots on the turkey. Form 3 sandwiches and spread each sandwich with a little melted butter. Put the sandwiches in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook, pressing down the sandwich with a spatula, for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Remove the sandwiches from the pan and serve.

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Naoki wrote:
This reminds me of sonhmeitg I've made a few times that I love. It's a store-bought pizza crust, with sauce spread over it (BBQ, marinara or whatever you prefer) and leftover homemade mac n cheese crumbled on top. A little extra shredded cheese and some time in the oven and you have awesome mac n pizza.

Fri, April 27, 2012 @ 11:10 AM

2. tufasfps wrote:
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Fri, April 27, 2012 @ 10:51 PM

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