Panini Party!!

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Panini Party!!

Yesterday on Facebook I hosted a Panini party featuring the IMUSA USA Panini maker in celebration of our recent partnership.  The party was a blast!!

My family arrived to help me celebrate and did we ever celebrate!! We feasted on Panini after Panini. Experimenting with flavors and textures. The kids loved the crunchy bread oozing with cheese. My little sister added thick slices of mushrooms with grilled onions for a beefed up meatless Panini.  My personal favorite was a loaded bolillo of rajas of poblano, red, yellow and green bell peppers with a thick slice of Oaxaca cheese.

I thought I’d share a few of the pics from the party.  Using my phone I quickly snapped pics and served the fresh pressed sandwiches to my guests.  Quick tip cheesy goodness makes for really happy kids! Serve with fresh fruit and a glass of milk for the perfect kid friendly lunch.

The IMUSA USA panini maker was a hit!  The cool touch handles and power light indicator made me feel at ease while prepping on the fly.  The large 12×10 cooking surface offers plenty of room for grilling up to 3 sandwiches at a time.

 

Here is a couple of panini party tips to help keep the party going.

Go buffet style.  Arrange platters of bread, cheese, meat or veggies so guests can prep their own Panini.

Offer a selection.

Bread- I suggest 3

Cheese-  select cheeses that melt well like cheddar, mozzarella, provolone, oaxaca or queso quesadilla.

Vegetables- I roasted my veggies the day of the party.  Great for a meatless option.

Meat-  For the carnivores. ham, turkey,bacon..etc.etc

Fruit- For the kiddos and wonderful for dessert.

Prep the night before.   Arrange meats, cheeses, veggies or fruits on platters.

Experiment with Oils. Steep chiles or spices in olive oil on low heat and brush on to your bread. Or for a sweet spin add cinnamon.

When making a Panini don’t feel pressured to use mayo, use avocado or hummus. Why not add a spicy kick to your spread with chipotles or use jelly for a sweet touch. Pesto or tapenade, raid the fridge for inspiration.

 

How to make a Panini

Preheat your Panini maker.

Select your bread and compose your Panini with cheese/filing of your choice.

Place on Panini maker

Brush the top of bread with olive oil.

Grill Panini until cheese melts about 4 minutes.

Slice and serve with fresh fruit.

 

Sweet Life disclourse: This is a sponsored post with IMUSA USA. My thoughts, love and passion remain my  own.

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17 Responses to Panini Party!!

  1. I’m really impressed with your success, Vianney ;] It seems like just yesterday when I began reading your blog near the beginning of time, and now you’re all grown up with partnerships and features! Congrats! You have great writing and are very deserving of the recognition.
    fattydumpling recently posted..Yogurt RollsMy Profile

  2. What a fun party and such great tips! I need to a panini maker soon :)
    Magic of Spice recently posted..Carpaccio style Portabella Mushrooms and Asian Pears~A guest postMy Profile

  3. Oh this is my kind of party! Love panini!
    Baker Street recently posted..Nutella Peanut Butter Chocolate BrowniesMy Profile

  4. I like the idea of panini party…sounds a lot of fun Vianney.
    Hope you are having a great week :)

  5. Panini party sounds and looks delicious :)
    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com recently posted..Eggless Strawberry-Balsamic Ice CreamMy Profile

  6. Those all look soo good! I love paninis! And a panini party sounds like a wonderful and fun idea! Nicely done :) (And it’s not just kids that love gooey cheesy goodness :p)
    Stefanie recently posted..Oreo CupcakesMy Profile

  7. A panini party sounds like so much fun!!!

  8. I love Panini and often order them but I still don’t own a Panini press. Having one looks like so much fun – not to mention delicious!
    Susan recently posted..An "EB Mine" Brunch~My Profile

  9. Oh baby yes, this is my kind of party! Sounds like a blast!
    Joanne recently posted..Recipe: Shepherd’s Pie with Chard-Lentil Filling and Onion Gravy {Eat.Live.Be.}My Profile

  10. my kind of party. cheese and bread = love at first bite
    Roxana recently posted..Chocolate Swirl BreadMy Profile

  11. Love panini. Such a fun party.
    Angie@Angie’s Recipes recently posted..Dutch Crunchy Whole Wheat BreadMy Profile

  12. What a delicious party!! I love panini so, I’d love to have been at your party :))!!
    Cheers,
    Lia.
    Lia recently posted..Queen of Sheba / Bolo Rainha de Sabá!My Profile

  13. Looks like it was a delicious success!
    yummychunklet recently posted..Yeah, I did that…My Profile

  14. This is definitely my kind of party!!
    Belinda @zomppa recently posted..Korean Kimchi: A Superb Health FoodMy Profile

  15. What a fun party!! I love playing around with paninis and make them often. Such a delicious, easy lunch and you can add almost anything you’ve got lying around! A good bread is key :-)
    the wicked noodle recently posted..baked egg crepesMy Profile

  16. Awesome! Plus, cheesy goodness makes for a really happy ME, as well ;) I love all of the options you’ve listed. I’ve been wanting a Panini Maker for years, this sounds like a good one.
    Heather @girlichef recently posted..Seared Bean Sprouts w/ Beef and Sesame Orange Sauce {the Food Matters project}My Profile

  17. Yummy! Panini are awesome.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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