These Grilled Shrimp Tostados with Mashed Black Beans and Avocado Salsa Fresca from The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook are sure to make dinnertime something to look forward to.
Recently, I received a review copy of my friend, Kathy Strah’s, new cookbook, The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook. I started following Kathy’s blog, Panini Happy, when I first started blogging, and I remember being intrigued by all the creative ways Kathy used her panini press, including her ice cream cones and grilled cheese croutons.
For a few years, I pondered whether or not to buy a panini press. I just didn’t think I needed another small appliance taking up counter space. However, last summer, I broke down and bought one from Costco’s on sale. It made my life so much easier that summer because the older boys used it to make their lunches. I even bought an extra one for my son who’s in college and living off-campus so he could grill chicken on it and make panini sandwiches.
So, when I broke open Kathy’s new cookbook, I wasn’t surprised to find so many versatile ways to use the panini press. Her new cookbook has over 200 recipes that use the panini press, and many of them are not even sandwiches.
In addition to the diverse assortment of recipes, Kathy takes the time to give the reader the “Ins and Outs” of Panini Presses so you can decide which panini press is for you. She also discusses the Ingredients for Perfect Panini and provides a section on Tools of the Trade that will enhance your panini experience. And, I was thrilled to see Five Ways to Lighten Up Panini – yes there are plenty of healthy recipes in Kathy’s cookbook.
Here are some of the recipes that I’m looking forward to trying from The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook:
- Grilled Jerk Chicken
- Spatchcocked Game Hen
- Grilled Salmon Packets with Pesto and Tomatoes
- Seared Ahi and Avocado Salad, Grilled Fish Tacos
- Broccoli Rabe, White Bean-Chive Hummus, and Roasted Red Pepper Panini
- Grilled Acorn Squash with Cranberry-Ginger Maple Syrup and Toasted Walnuts
- Grilled Tofu and Bok Choy Bowl
- Spinach-Feta Quinoa Cakes with Lemon-Dill Yogurt Sauce
- Grilled Tomatillo Guacamole
- Granola-Crusted Pear, Almond Butter, and Honey Panini
- Egg White Omelet Panini with Spinach, Feta and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
- Mini Frittata
- Grilled Pears with Honey-Whipped Greek Yogurt and Toasted Almonds
Kathy and her new cookbook have inspired me to think outside of the box when using my panini press. The panini press is a portable and easy to clean grill in essence. This Grilled Shrimp Tostados recipe from The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook is a great example of an unconventional way of using the panini press.
And now for the GIVEAWAY! I have one (1) copy of Kathy Strahs The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook to giveaway.
Disclosure: I was provided a copy of The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook for this review and a copy for the giveaway by The Harvard Common Press.