For those of you who have panini presses at home, this is a quick and yummy recipe for a mid-week dinner. What makes it is the chipotle mayo — it’s pretty spicy, so add less of the chipotle pepper if you prefer less heat. Chipotle chili peppers are smoke-dried jalapeño peppers, and for this recipe, you want to use the variety that you purchase in a 7-oz can, in adobo sauce.
1 small chipotle pepper (see my notes above about using chipotle peppers that come in adobo sauce), minced
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 pinch salt
1 loaf fresh ciabata bread, cut into 4 sections, then sliced horizontally in half
1 ripe tomato, thinly sliced
Fresh romaine lettuce
Deli-style (thinly sliced) roast turkey
White American cheese slices
Prepare the chipotle mayo by whisking together minced chipotle pepper, mayonnaise, ground cumin and salt.
Spread the chipotle mayo on the tops and bottoms of the bread slices. Build sandwiches by placing on each a few ounces of turkey, followed by a couple lettuce leaves, a couple slices of tomato and a slice of cheese. Cook panini (sandwiches) in hot press until bread is light brown and crunchy.