Banana Fig Panini
This is an honest place, right? And you guys aren’t here to judge? Ok, so here it goes. I ate this sandwich…off the ground. Assuming the 10 second rule still applies in households with two dogs, then I was totally in the clear. Except that it was also a little, um, damp. You see, it all started with my strange OCD desire to eat food in only the most perfect of settings. John was out of town so I rented one of my “John would refuse to watch this” movies. I got the movie all cued up to go before I even started cooking so as to maximize the chances of my food being hot when I eat it (a major concern in a household where picture taking is an integral step between cooking and devouring). I was extra excited about this meal, so I even put up a gate between the dining room and family room so that I could cozy up to the coffee table without fear of sandwich snatching dogs roaming around. I made a salad. A salad! Only the best of meals-for-one come with a side dish. This was the real deal.
All was going as planned, the panini looked amazing, pics only took a minute, and it was finally time to make the move down to the family room for my private dinner and a movie event. I loaded up my arms with the plated sandwich, a bowl with the side salad, my glass of water, napkin and silverware. I thought to myself, is this too much to carry while stepping over a gate at the top of three stairs?? I replied internally, perhaps it is! But the menu screen of the movie was beckoning, and the sandwich looked so good, so here goes nothing…..CRASH! (let me guess, you saw that coming). So yeah, first the sandwich slides off the plate, then the glass of water sloshes over the edge landing on the fallen sandwich. Remarkably the salad is fine (hurray!, I so wanted vegetables for dinner, and not my amazing panini…right…). I scurried back over the gate and snatched up the sandwich before the
vultures dogs reached the scene of the crime. The seared crust on the bread seemed to have whisked away most of the water, and miraculously my weekly…ok monthy… vacuuming had taken place the day before, so it looked relatively unsoiled. Verdict – proceed with dinner! So sue me. I ate a floor sandwich. We’ve all been there, right guys??? Guys???
*bits of floor optional, although they probably add to depth of flavor
- 2 slices of bread – I used white bread, but the original recipe recommends cinnamon raisin bread, which I imagine would be amazing
- 2 tsp butter
- ~1 Tbsp almond butter, more or less to taste, but don’t over do it
- salt, to taste (probably only necessary if your almond butter is unsalted as mine was)
- ~1 Tbsp fig jam, more or less to taste
- 4 figs, sliced
- 1/2 banana, sliced
- If bread is really soft, lightly toast it to make spreading the other ingredients onto it easier.
- Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread.
- Spread almond butter one slice of bread, on the side without butter. If using salt, sprinkle it atop the almond butter.
- Spread fig jam on the other slice of bread, on the side without butter.
- Arrange fig and banana slices on one slice of bread. Top with the second slice. The buttered sides should be facing out of the sandwich.
- Using a panini maker, panini pan, or regular pan with a smaller pan for use as a weight, cook the panini over medium-high heat until crust is browned.
- Slice in half and enjoy!
Makes 1 sandwich