May 14, 2012

Asparagus Prosciutto Panini with Garlic Mayonnaise



Melted Swiss cheese, asparagus, proscuitto, arugula and garlic mayonnaise pressed in a ciabatta. Did that just make your stomach growl?


Panini's are the perfect weeknight meal, they come together quickly and you can literally clean out your refrigerator coming up with new variations. If you can make a grilled cheese, you can make a panini, that's how easy it is and you don't need a fancy panini press to make it. Prior to owning a panini press, I used my George Forman grill or you could even use a grill pan on the stove and place an iron skillet on top to press it down.

I grilled the asparagus right on the panini press, so there's no dirtying extra pans. You can make this a meatless Monday by leaving the ham out for 8 pts plus, it will still taste great!

If you are new here, check out my tip on how to make a bigger sandwich for less calories.



Asparagus Prosciutto Panini with Garlic Mayonnaise
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 1 • Size: 1 panini • Old Points: 7 pts • Points+: 9 pts
Calories:
337.2 • Fat: 9.2 g • Carb: 45.9 g • Fiber: 1.2 g • Protein: 18.5 g • Sugar: 0.2 g
Sodium: 978 mg
 



Ingredients:

  • 2 oz thin asparagus, tough ends trimmed
  • 1 tbsp Hellman's light mayonnaise
  • 1 clove crushed garlic
  • 3 oz ciabatta, sliced open
  • 1 slice (1/2 oz) prosciutto ham (Dilusso, or use ham)
  • 1 slice low fat swiss (Sargento)
  • 1/3 cup baby arugula
  • olive oil spray (Misto)

Directions:



Preheat panini grill. Lightly spritz asparagus with olive oil, season with salt and pepper. When the grill is hot, grill asparagus about 3-4 minutes until tender crisp. Set aside.



Combine
mayonnaise and garlic in a small bowl. Spread the garlic mayonnaise inside the ciabatta. Lay the cheese, prosciutto and asparagus in the bread; close and lightly spray the top with cooking spray.



Place on a panini press and close until the cheese melts and the bread is toasted. Cut in half and eat immediately.

44 comments :

  1. this looks really yummy and pretty easy ... now i just need to invest in a panini press :)

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    1. I use my George Foreman Grill. it does the same thing that a panini press does, for less money!

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  2. Oh my goodness, this sounds LOVELY. Perfect perfect perfect for spring/summer. G

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  3. What a great simple, skinny panini! Love all the ingredients you used, particularly the proscuitto!

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  4. What would the P+ value be if I used a deli flat?

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    1. I ran it through the recipe builder using Nature's Own 100% Whole Wheat Sandwich Round and all the rest of Gina's ingredients. It came to 6 points+

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  5. This looks great. I love panini's. I often sat that my panini press is my favorite piece of nonessential cookware and I'm always looking for new recipes to try out. Thanks!

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  6. Looks delicious! Nothing says spring like asparagus.

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  7. This looks delicious!! I love making paninis at home :D

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  8. Ooh, yummy!

    http://therealfoodrunner.blogspot.com/

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  9. Love my Panini press...make all kinds of things with it....sammys mostly....

    and this looks good too!!!

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  10. am curious is there a way to make this without a panini press...

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    1. Yes, it may sound a bit industrial, but I used a tin foil wrapped brick on top of my sandwich on a grill pan. Lo tech science but works a like a charm.

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    2. That works! Or just do it on a skillet, use a heavy pan to press it down.

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    3. I just used two skillets - placed the sandwich in the bottom one, place the second skillet on top w/a heavy rock from my garden cleaned & wrapped in a dish towel placed in that. Press down & flip sandwich after a few minutes.

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    4. You can also use a few canned goods to help weigh down the top skillet. It works great!

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  11. Mmmmmm this panini looks AMAZING!!! I love all the ingredients you used!

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  12. I read in Good Housekeeping once about using a waffle iron as a panini press. The hinges are fixed so it won't press completely evenly, but it works pretty well! We call them waffle sandwiches in my house.

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  13. One of the best gifts I ever received was my panini grill. I'm always looking for different recipes and this one looks so yummy. My family is going to love it.

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  14. I have leftover grilled asparagus - this looks like good use for it. I've made these crusty sandwiches in the past with flatbread. It works great too.

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  15. I've found that sometimes asparagus is hard to bite through... I can imagine that it would also be the case in a sandwich, you might end up with asparagus slapping you in the face as you try to eat. Maybe chopping it into bit sized pieces would solve this problem?

    or maybe I'm the only one who ever slaps herself in the face with asparagus.

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    1. If you snap off the hard ends and buy them thin, they are tender crisp when cooked and no issues with them snapping.

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  16. OMG. This looks to die for. I would have never thought of putting asparagus IN a sandwich! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I'm with you! Asparagus in a sandwich? Making them right now! :-)

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    2. Update - I made some adjustments (smart white bread, tomato & reg lettuce) & it was soooo good. Totally suggest it!

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  17. Great recipe! Very tasty & filling. One small thing. The arugula is left off the instructions. I figured it went with the rest of the fillings as in your pics above (I printed it w/o pictures), but I just wanted to mention it to you!

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  18. I made these today without a panini press.. instead I grilled outside on my grill and stuck heavy cast iron pans on top :) worked like a charm. I couldn't find argula at my grocery store either, so I used another green. Still tasted good :)

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  19. Why does nothing I make ever look so delicious?

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  20. Just made this and it was AMAZING!!! I ALMOST left out the garlic mayo (even though I'm a garlic nut!), but left it in and I AM SO GLAD I put it in!!! It gave such an amazing flavor. Thanks again for another fabulous recipe!!!

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  21. To those that don't have a panini press. I use an electric indoor grill and I wrap a small brick with aluminum foil and that works really good for me. Or like Anabelle suggested a heavy cast pan would work as well.

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  22. I think I'll do this tonight with your garlic scape pesto instead of making the mayonnaise... Great, now I'm hungry and I just ate lunch!

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  23. Lol Lisa, yep its making me want to eat lol..its 10.56pm here in New Zealand,but I need to eat..I haven't got a Paganini so will use bread and no fresh asparagus only tin..hope it works out.. :-0

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  24. Had to tell you what I thought of it lol YUMMY YUMMY, it was worth the effort, but from what I can tell from Gina rescipes are all fantastic..you do such a good job Gina..Thank you so much..Brenda

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  25. Had to tell you what I thought of it lol YUMMY YUMMY, it was worth the effort, but from what I can tell from Gina rescipes are all fantastic..you do such a good job Gina..Thank you so much..Brenda

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  26. What an amazing asparagus panini!

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  27. I absolutely love these sandwiches. We've had a lot of company lately and we just make these ahead of time and grill when everyone's ready! Delicious!

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  28. Hello there!

    I just wanted you to know that I discovered your website last week through pinterest! Since then, I've pinned a number of your recipes and am very excited to try them. Your photography and web layout is very visually appealing and makes it enjoyable to explore.

    I tried your sandwich today and it was delicious! I love how simple yet gourmet it tastes. I hope you don't see this as spam, but I thought I would just share one difference I made to the sandwich. I used a faux flax, focaccia bread. The link is below. I am only sharing because I know we're a community looking to eat healthier. It made the carb count drop and the fiber intake spike! Thanks so much for your recipes! Expect to see me comment some more as I make it through the rest of your lovely dishes. =)

    http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/breads/r/flaxbasicfoc.htm

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  29. I recently quit smoking and have kept myself distracted by looking at your website and making some of these delicious meals! I made this last night but used turkey instead and added a tiny bit of spicy mustard and it was amazing. Thanks!!

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  30. Gina -- I am so behind the times on this one but I just made this sandwich and WOW. SO GOOD. You are amazing! Thank you for all of the hard work you put into this blog!

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  31. I made this for dinner tonight, w/one change; shredded chicken breast instead of the meat suggested, and it was so good. The fresh garlic mayo spread tasted wonderful. The asparagus was tender and tasted better than the asparagus I've eaten in restaurants. (Oh, wait, I also used baby spinach instead of arugula, because it was what I had on hand.) I love using skinnytaste.com recipes! I have finally begun to enjoy cooking again after discovering this site a few months ago. My family thanks you, Gina!

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  32. I just made this for lunch and it was AMAZING!! The garlic mayo really makes it pop and I don't normally even eat mayo. Thanks for a great recipe!!

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