Wednesday, May 1, 2013

In the Pretty Kitchen- Steak Panini and Homemade Chips

On Monday we made paninis and chips for dinner and here are the recipes, unfortunately I only have one picture, but it's totally making my mouth water.

Now onto the good part {make sure to read the recipe notes and the equipment recommendations}

Steak and Avocado Panini

*Bread (of your choice)
*Thinly sliced (cooked) steak
*Shredded Medium Cheddar Cheese
*Shredded White Cheddar Cheese
*Thin Tomato Slices (seeded)
*Avocado Slices
*Red Onion Thinly Sliced

1- Heat Panini press or pan to high
2-Spread butter on slices of bread
3-Place 1 TBS cheese on bread, not on buttered side
4-Layer ingredients in this order (on top of cheese)
5-Add about 4-5 TBSP more cheese
6-Top with other piece of bread
7-Place in the press and remove when cheese is melted and bread is toasted golden brown

Side notes
*You can use just about any meat, just make sure it's cooked and sliced thinly. Leftovers work great
*The avocado acts as a spread, so no mayo needed!
*I used a normal loaf of bread, but a cibatta or any rustic bread would work much better

Homemade Potato Chips
Serves 4-5 Adults

*3 Large Russet Potatoes
*Kosher Salt
*Vegetable Oil

1- Pour oil into a heavy bottom stock pot, or dutch oven (these really work best) until it is about 2 inches deep
2-Heat on Medium-High until it reaches 350 degrees. 
3- While the oil heats wash the potatoes and slice them
4- Slice potatoes with mandoline making sure they are no larger then 1/16 of an inch thick
5-Place potato slices into salted cold water RIGHT AWAY or they will brown
6-Remove potato slices from cold water and pat dry with paper towels (see note below)
7-When oil is heated (see note below) drop about 10 slices into the oil 
8-Use a metal slotted spoon to stir around and flip potatoes for about 2 minutes
9-Remove from oil and drain on paper towels
10- Sprinkle with salt immediately

Side notes
*You can use another frying oil like peanut, but stay away from olive oil it can burn too easily
*You can use other root vegetables like sweet potato for awesome chips.
*Try seasoning the finished chips with a special spice rub or garlic powder and salt to kick it up!
*If you do not have a thermometer use a wooden spoon to check if your oil is hot enough. Place the end of a wooden spoon handle in the oil, if it bubbles form around it then the oils hot enough.
*USE A DEEP PAN! The oil will bubble up quite a bit when you add the potatoes, and you don't want a fire or a boil over of hot oil.
*Make sure the potato slices are very dry. Hot oil and water do NOT mix

Let's discuss the tools you will need

*Mandoline Slicer
*A Panini Press
*A Grill Pan with a Press

I have this one and I LOVE it! It does like 5 different things, so very useful!

Pretty Living PDX is NOT responsible if this recipe does not produce the same result. Pretty Living PDX is not responsible if you, your kitchen, family or house is damaged by this recipe, please follow directions closely to avoid injury. 
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  1. That looks so tasty! I need to dig my panini press out of the closet, I rarely use it...that needs to change

  2. So yum! I told my husband that a mandoline would be perfect for Mother's day, his response "Like the kind you play" :) Haha!

  3. that looks freaking delicious! and i don't even lime steak! but wow. yummm.

  4. ummmm, I need a panini press like yesterday! That sandwich looks delicious!


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