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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Peanut Butter Banana Panini

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Once again, I found myself missing vacation. And by missing vacation I mean craving some Mike & Patty's breakfast sandwiches! On our first visit to Mike & Patty's, I ordered the grilled banana sandwich with cinnamon honey butter. Without gushing too much, let me just say it blew me away. Had the line not been so long, I would have immediately ordered another. In fact I was still wiping the crumbs from my mouth when I declared to Ryan that I would absolutely try to make this at home.

Much like the October special egg sandwich, I knew I couldn't reach the perfection that Mike & Patty had, and I instead added a little McLaury flair...this time in the form of peanut butter.

These sandwiches are simple to whip up, making them perfect for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Heck, I might start making these as a quick after-work snack (does anyone else get hit with that 4 pm stomach growl? I've found the solution!).

If you don't have a panini press, no worries. You can just as easily make these on a skillet, just as if you were making a grilled cheese. I'll continue to make these with our panini press, but I plan to double (maybe triple?) the amount of bananas to give the sandwich some oomph. These pictures make the sandwich look rather weak and unassuming, but I assure you that the flavor will surprise you!

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Peanut Butter Banana Panini
*for 2 sandwiches

-4 slices of hearty wheat bread
-2 tbsp peanut butter
-1-2 bananas (fairly ripe!)
-1-2 tbsp butter
-cinnamon & honey, to taste

1. In a skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Slice bananas and add to buttered skillet. Drizzle generously with honey and sprinkle with cinnamon. Allow bananas to saute for 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally to coat bananas in butter, cinnamon, and honey.
2. While bananas are cooking, toast slices of bread. Once toasted, spread 1 tbsp of peanut butter on two of the slices, one for each sandwich.
3. Remove bananas from heat and top on peanut-buttered bread. Top with plain slice of toast and place in panini press. Cook for approximately 5 minutes, until sandwich is pressed and heated through.

 This post is linked to Eat at Home.