Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Grilled Peach Panini

I'm not even sure where to begin with this sandwich.  Melted cheddar.  Grilled peaches.  Sweet barbecue sauce.  Thick cut bacon. Grilled chicken.  


Yes, these are a few of my favorite things.  But when they join together in this sweet, salty, melty panini? There is only one word that comes to mind: Epic. 


Peaches are so juicy and sweet this time of year, so I have stocked up and been treating myself to at least one a day. Grilling peaches just slightly softens them and adds a nice flavor to the flesh.  Add them to a sandwich, smoothie, or serve them up with a scoop of vanilla.  You can't go wrong!





Ingredients (2 sandwiches)
* 1 chicken breasts, butterflied
* 4 pieces of bacon
*1/4 c. bbq sauce
* 2 oz. cheddar cheese, cut into thin strips
* 1 peach
* 4 pieces thick cut bread

First, cook the bacon.  Arrange the bacon on a foil lined cookie sheet and place in a cold oven.  Turn the heat on 400 and cook the bacon for 17-19 minutes, or until mostly red.  Remove the bacon and transfer to a paper towel lined plate to drain. 

Slice the peach in half and remove the pit with a spoon.  Coat the grill with cooking spray and heat to medium (I used my indoor grill pan).  Grill the peaches, cut side down, for 2-3 minutes or until there are nice grill marks.  Thinly slice and set aside.  Season the chicken with salt and pepper and grill, roughly 4 minutes per side, or until cooked through.  

Preheat panini press to medium high heat.  To prepare the sandwiches, spread a thin layer of bbq sauce all pieces of bread.  On one side, arrange a thin layer of peaches, then bacon, cheddar cheese, chicken, and another layer of cheddar.  Top with remaining piece of bread and transfer to panini press.  Grill until lightly browned, slice the sandwich on the diagonal, and serve.  Enjoy! 

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