Pimento Cheese Panini

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Pimento Cheese Panini… say that with me.  Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it?  I have to make a confession that for the longest time I wouldn’t touch pimento cheese.  My mom and my husband love it, but I just couldn’t bring myself to eat it.  Then one day while we were eating at Newk’s, my husband insisted that I try their Pimento Cheese sandwich.  Well, as much as I hated to admit it, I loved it.  Being the foodie that I am, I knew that I had to come home and try to make something similar.  I mean how could you NOT love all the melted cheesy goodness.  My mouth is watering just typing this post and looking at that picture!!

Pimento Cheese Panini
 
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Ingredients
For the Pimento Cheese
  • 8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 8 oz. monterey jack cheese, grated
  • 2 oz. (or half of 4 oz. jar) diced pimentos, drained
  • ¼ c. mayonnaise (not Miracle Whip)
  • ¼ tsp. garlic powder
For the Panini
  • 2 slices of ciabatta or french bread
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
Instructions
  1. Grate your cheddar cheese and monterey jack cheese and put into a medium size bowl.
  2. Add mayo to the grated cheeses. Then add in the drained diced pimentos and garlic powder.
  3. Mix very well.
  4. Chill for 3-4 hours. This really helps the flavors blend well.
To make the grilled panini...
  1. Heat up your panini maker or skillet on the stove.
  2. Cover one side of each piece of bread lightly with butter.
  3. Spoon and spread pimento cheese spread onto the non-buttered side of bread.
  4. Place butter side of bread face down into the skillet or panini maker.
  5. Place the other piece of bread on top with butter side facing up.
  6. After bottom of sandwich begins to brown, flip over. Grill until both sides are your grilled to your liking.
  7. For a panini style in a skillet, place a heavy pan or saucer on top of the sandwich while it grills to flatter the sandwich.
  8. Enjoy!

 ** I used a low carb bread which is why my sandwich is pretty skinny.  If you want a heavenly sandwich, try using sliced ciabatta or french bread. 

Cinnabon® French Toast…

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You guys, I seriously have the best job in the world.  I was recently contacted by Cinnabon® to try out their new Baking Kit and a couple of their recipes.  I was so excited that I couldn’t wait to see the UPS man come driving down my street. They were so sweet to send me a box full of fun goodies!

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The baking kit was definitely the star of the show!

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All you need to make 8 delicious cinnamon rolls are:

  • Cinnabon Baking Kit
  • 1 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 cup buttermilk (or regular milk)
  • 1 large egg
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • Flour for dusting

That is it!!  It is seriously so easy!  They come out fluffy and DELICIOUS!  My parents happened to stop by right after these came out of the oven. They LOVED them! I even sent them home with a couple to eat for breakfast the next morning.  By the way, these warm up FABULOUSLY the next day.  I just stuck mine in the microwave for about 20 seconds and it was perfection!  These would make the perfect breakfast (or dessert, or snack…) over the holidays.  Whether you just eat them as fluffy cinnamon rolls or turn them into french toast.

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Anyway, Cinnabon has some crazy good recipes that you can make using this Cinnabon Kit.  This morning we tried the Cinnabon French Toast.  It didn’t hardly take any time at all and it was delicious!

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You could make this even easier if you have a Cinnabon store near you. Just pick up some fresh Cinnabons to use in your french toast.  Yum!!

Cinnabon® French Toast...
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 Cinnabon Classic Rolls or 4 MiniBon Rolls
  • ⅓ cup whole milk
  • 1 egg
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Combine milk, egg and vanilla extract in pie pan.
  2. Mix well and then dip both sides of prepared Cinnabon rolls in egg wash.
  3. Heat a non-stick frying pan over medium heat.
  4. Melt a tablespoon of butter in a pan or spray with non-stick spray.
  5. Place one side of roll down on heated pan and cook until golden brown, flip and brown the other side of roll.
  6. Dust with powdered sugar and enjoy with your favorite maple syrup.

 ** My cinnabon rolls were so fluffy, that I cut then in half horizontally to make mine.  I love that I got two generous pieces out of one roll. I also used rolls without icing.   

**Disclosure: I was given this product from Cinnabon to try out.  All opinions expressed here are my own.**

Cinnamon Sugar Banana Bread

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Okay my friends, if you haven’t made any recipes off of this blog yet you HAVE to make this cinnamon sugar banana bread. Like NOW.  Go ahead.  I will be here when you get back so you can tell me how awesome it is.  Seriously. This bread is one of our absolute favorite things that we ever make.  I know the recipe by heart because I have made it so many times already.

The recipe is really easy and comes out perfect every time. We all know about my love affair with cinnamon so it’s not surprising that it’s my favorite.

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Cinnamon Swirl Banana Bread
 
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Ingredients
  • 3 over-ripe bananas, smashed up
  • ⅓ cup melted butter
  • ¼ c. light brown sugar
  • ½ c. white sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tsp. milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • dash of salt
  • ½ c. white wheat flour
  • 1 c. bread flour
  • FOR THE SWIRL:
  • ¼ c. white sugar
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350•. Line a 9x5 loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. Mix together bananas, butter, sugar, egg, milk and vanilla.
  3. Put the baking soda and salt on top of the banana mixture.
  4. Gently stir in the flour. Do not over mix!
  5. In a small dish, mix the ¼ c. sugar and 2 tsp. cinnamon.
  6. Pour half of the batter into the loaf pan. Then sprinkle half of the sugar & cinnamon mixture all over the batter.
  7. Add the rest of the batter and sprinkle with remaining cinnamon/sugar on top.
  8. Bake for 45-60 minutes. Watch carefully and don't over bake.

Recipe adapted from here.