Sometimes you want nothing more than a Panini. What could be better in the middle of the day than crunchy, buttery bread filled with delicious egg, spinach with gooey cheese? I would argue that there is hardly anything (except for maybe a friend to share it with). Yet as delicious as a Panini is, I of course don’t have a Panini maker because my kitchen is tiny and not extravagant enough to have a tool for only one task. How do I get around this? Creativity and a few extra pots and pans! All you have to do is cook your sandwich in a pan, fill a pot with water and place it on top to compress it and help create that pressed, melty goodness that a Panini is. I hope you’ll take an extra 10 minutes this week and treat yourself to this delicious sandwich!
Egg Spinach and Cheese Panini
Time: 10 minutes Serves: 1
- 2 slices fresh bread
- 1 egg
- 2 tbsp frozen spinach, thawed
- less than 1 tbsp butter
- 2-3 slices extra sharp white cheddar cheese
- salt and pepper to taste (just a few shakes of each)
- This sandwich will be infinitely better if you can get good, fresh bread. Sandwich bread is okay too, but I recommend a loaf that you actually have to cut yourself
- Spinach is optional, you can also use a handful of fresh spinach instead
- I like extra sharp cheddar but you should have whatever is your favorite/what you happen to have. Alternatives could be normal cheddar, provolone, swiss, etc..
Take your small fry pan, bring to medium low heat. Take your spinach, add to a bowl and add some hot water to help it thaw. Crack your egg in a bowl, mix well with a fork and add some salt and pepper.
Once your pan is hot (if you put a few drops of water in it and they disappear) add butter. Use enough to coat the bottom of the pan well. Add egg.
Add spinach on top of egg and cover.
The egg will be almost cooked quickly, probably within a minute. Once this happens, fold it over the best that you can so that the spinach is between layers of egg (I’m not very good at this but maybe you will be).
Once egg is cooked, remove from pan and place immediately on one slice of bread. Take your cheese slices and place on other piece of break, then close to make sandwich. Butter one side of the bread. Make sure any extra egg is scraped off of your pan, then add sandwich to the pan, butter side down.
I live in a college dorm so as much as I’d like, I don’t have a Panini machine. Lucky for me (and you!) this doesn’t have to stop me from making Panini’s. Here’s what you do: take a pot that is the same with as your pan. Fill it at least half way with water, then place it on top of the sandwich (make sure to balance it). This will compress the sandwich just like a Panini machine!
Once the butter side-down slice of bread is lightly browned, butter the side that’s face up and flip. Place pot on top of sandwich again (you can place a paper towel between the bread and pot if you don’t want it to get a bit of butter on the bottom). Once the sandwich is browned on both sides, slice and enjoy!