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Monday, June 18, 2012

Chocolate-Cherry Panini

bowl of cherries

it's been a cool few weeks, we've even turned off the AC, and tho it's mid June, temps are going as low as upper 60s at night. in other words, it's heaven. it's perfect. so, we've been taking advantage of this time to shift things around the abode, to combine our belongings, as well as letting things go. it's a freeing feeling, being able to part with the "mine" to make room for the "ours".

the thing about this whole moving process, what makes it so hard, is that while we try to make sense of the living space, we also have to continue with the actual living. grocery runs, putting out the trash & recycling, planning for mini-vacations, staying up to date with fruit picking schedules, as well as home diy projects. it's exhausting. stressful. and a learning experience.

what i am hoping to do every week for the foreseeable future is participate in the Food Matters Project. since being with dw my relationship with food has evolved. we just picked up our first CSA loot this weekend, went berry picking and this week's menu looks heavy with roasted beets, salads of parslane + arugula, and new to me: kohlrabi. with any luck, the recipes chosen every week will be adaptable enough to include CSA items.

this week's recipe was a difficult one for us, in the sense that i don't like cherries and dw doesn't like fruit + chocolate together. but while picking blueberries + beets, we saw the sour cherry patch was open so we made a detour. i won't lie, i'm still not a fan of cherries and dw... well, i don't think he'll ever outgrow his unusual dislike for fruit + chocolate combo.

cherry + chocoalte panini

Chocolate-Cherry Panini, as chosen by Margarita of Let's Cook & Be Friends
adapted from the food matters cookbook by Mark Bittman, pg. 555
makes 2 sandwiches

since i am dairy free, for my sandwich i used coconut oil.

2 TBL butter (or coconut oil)
4 slices of bread, we used ezekiel sprouted grain bread
1/2 cup halved pitted sour cherries
2 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped, we used ghiradelli's 60% cacao bittersweet

preheat oven to 400F.

butter (or coconut oil) slices bread. spread cherries evenly on top and then sprinkle with the chopped chocolate. top each sandwich with 2nd slice of bread, butter/coconut oil on top.

cover sandwiches with baking sheet & weigh down with something heavy, let sit for 5 minutes.

remove weight and baking sheet. bake the sandwiches until the bottom of bread is browned lightly, about 5 minutes. flip and bake for another 5 minutes.

serve warm.

26 comments:

  1. Ooh interesting sweet take on a panini! Gosh I love those colours. Can't wait for cherries to start appearing in the uk.

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    1. i agree that the color of fresh picked cherries is gorgeous and it seemed almost a shame to smother in chocolate ...

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  2. Looks fabulous. I would have never thought of using coconut oil as a sub for a buttery spread, but now will have to try it! And cherries and chocolate? Yes please!

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    1. it was either coconut oil or olive oil. the coconut oil just happened to be closer.
      i will admit that cherries + chocolate is a great combination.

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  3. welcome to the food matters project! so glad yo have you on board and so glad to know you enjoyed this week's recipe. :) your panini looks good! that is the way to shave chocolate? what was i doing scrimping on mine? LOL!

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    1. 1oz per sandwich! :) i'm all about being generous with chocolate!

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  4. The Food Matters Project sounds like a great initiative and I love this recipe! I never thought chocolate + cherries + bread could pair well together but this looks sooo tempting!

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    1. vinita, you should join in the fun too. i bought my cookbook from amazon, on sale.

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    1. thank you, so happy to be part of this great project.

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  6. Looks beautiful! I love sour cherries...this sounds so perfect!

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    1. julie, i think i like picking the sour cherries more than i like eating them.

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  7. Looks great! I love the combination of cherry and chocolate and this panini looks awesome.

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  8. Great to have you join us! we are having a wonderful time.

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  9. Welcome to the FMP. Love your step-by-step pictures.

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  10. What a unique combination. Sounds delicious!

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  11. Welcome to the group! I love that you used Ezekiel bread - that is my morning breakfast!

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    1. alyssa, thank you! if i don't make bread for the week, ezekiel bread is the only bread i will buy from the store, it's worth the expense.

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  12. Glad to have you on board! Nice pics too :)

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  13. This is just just delicious. We went cherry picking on Sunday, so I just might have to make some!

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  14. This is an amazingly decadent panini - love! Dangerous to know I have all the ingredients in my kitchen!!

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