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. 

Great Grandma’s Sloppy Joes

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I call this Great Grandma’s Sloppy Joes because the recipe was passed down from my daughter’s great grandmother.  My mom grew up eating these, she raised me eating them, and now my daughter is enjoying them as well.  As a matter of fact, my daughter says these are number two on her most favorite foods list.  We aren’t big green pepper fans, so we leave those out.  However, my mom and Grandma were known for throwing some in there so feel free to if you like.  I know everyone probably already has a favorite sloppy joe recipe or they make some with that stuff in the can, but I hope you will try these sometime.  I really think you will be glad that you did!

I love that these are so easy to make and they warm over WONDERFULLY even after a couple days.  We are pretty picky eaters and rarely EVER eat leftovers, so believe me it is saying a LOT if I am telling you that they are good warmed over!

I do have to admit that my mom raised me to eat them with a little miracle whip on them. My husband says that totally grosses him out so he and the kids don’t do that!

Great Grandma's Sloppy Joes
 
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Serves: 3
Ingredients
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • ½ onion, chopped very finely
  • ½ small can of tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. yellow mustard
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, brown your ground beef and onions together until done. Then drain.
  2. Add the ground beef and onions back to the skillet over medium-low heat. Now add in the tomato paste and stir well into the ground beef mixture.
  3. Next add the soy sauce, brown sugar, yellow mustard and lemon juice. Mix well.
  4. Lastly, add the ketchup and stir until well combined.
  5. Heat until warm throughout. Serve and enjoy!

Please come back and leave me a comment if you make these.  Happy Eating! 🙂