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NORTHWOODS COOKS: Savor a sandwich this summer

Readers are invited to submit their favorite recipes to enjoy, along with a note about what makes them special. Send recipes to lskarpness@parkrapidsenterprise.com.

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Panini sandwiches can be made with a variety of meats, cheeses, vegetables or even fruits, like this turkey panini with cheese and cranberry sauce.
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Sandwiches can be the centerpiece of a quick lunch or dinner during the summer. Serve with a salad and fruit for a light and tasty meal. Here are a few sandwiches to sample.

Nik's Favorite Grilled Panini Sandwich

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2 slices three-grain bread

1 Tbsp. butter

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2 slices Edam cheese

3 slices turkey

1 slice tomato

handful of alfalfa sprouts

Half an avocado, sliced

1 tsp. mayonnaise

1 tsp. pesto

salt and pepper

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Set panini maker or skillet to medium-high heat. In a small bowl, stir together pesto and mayonnaise. Lay slices of bread on a piece of parchment paper and lightly butter one side of each. Flip slices over.

On one slice, add in order: a slice of cheese, the turkey, tomato, salt and pepper, alfalfa sprouts and avocado, then finish with the second slice of cheese. Spread the pesto mayonnaise inside the second slice of bread. Close the sandwich up, place on the panini maker or skillet, and grill for 5 minutes.

If using a skillet, flip the sandwich over at the 3 minute mark and grill for an additional 2 minutes.

Cut in half and serve immediately. Garnish with a pickle.

Easy French Dip Sandwich

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4 hoagie rolls, split lengthwise

10.5-ounce can beef consomme

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1 cup water

1 pound thinly sliced deli roast beef

8 slices provolone cheese

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Open hoagie rolls and lay them out on a baking sheet.

Heat beef consommé and water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat to make a rich beef broth. Place roast beef in broth and warm for 3 minutes. Arrange meat on hoagie rolls and top each roll with 2 slices of provolone.

Bake sandwiches in the preheated oven until the cheese melts, about 5 minutes. Serve sandwiches with small bowls of warm broth for dipping.

Caprese Sandwich

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1/4 of a 1-lb. loaf ciabatta bread, cut in half lengthwise (or one ciabatta roll, about 4 oz.)

3 slices fresh mozzarella cheese, 1/2 inch thick (about 1/4 of a pound total)

2 large slices tomato, 1/2 inch thick

Salt and pepper to taste

4 large fresh basil leaves

1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp. balsamic vinegar

Place the fresh mozzarella slices on top of the bread. Add the tomato slices and season to taste with salt and pepper. Place the basil leaves on top of the tomatoes. Brush the inside surface of the top piece of bread with the olive oil and then with the balsamic vinegar. Place the top piece of bread on the sandwich and serve immediately.

Readers are invited to submit their favorite recipes to enjoy, along with a note about what makes them special. Send recipes to lskarpness@parkrapidsenterprise.com.

Readers are invited to submit their favorite recipes to enjoy, along with a note about what makes them special. Send recipes to lskarpness@parkrapidsenterprise.com.

Related Topics: NORTHWOODS COOKSFOODRECIPES
Lorie Skarpness has lived in the Park Rapids area since 1997 and has been writing for the Park Rapids Enterprise since 2017. She enjoys writing features about the people and wildlife who call the north woods home.
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