A couple of weeks ago my mother-in-law came in town and her being in town is always a wonderful excuse for us to explore new restaurants! Our first adventure was the National Boulangerie & Patissserie. If you haven’t been, you must go explore. The interior has a modern peasantry decor and my husband and MIL tell me the coffee was divine ( I don’t like coffee so I can’t vouch) and is served in bowls, which is apparently how the french drink it for breakfast. This little gem, which is supposed to expand into a fresh market and patisserie in coming months, make me proud to be a resident in Lexington where unique restaurants like this can thrive. Owners, Krim Boughalem and Andrea Sims opened the cafe about a month ago and have much experience in the Lexington restaurant market after successfully running Table 310 and selling Wine + Market, which was our second stop. And this brings me to my inspiration for this panini. Wine + Market has fresh cheeses, cured meats, and a wonderful selection of wines, but they also offer the most delicious selection of made-to-order sandwiches. This Turkey, goat cheese, strawberry preserve panini was on the menu and I was determined to recreate it after reading the list of ingredients. I toned down the strength of the goat cheese by adding a bit of ricotta and the result was this sweet, creamy, salty sandwich nestled between my favorite sandwich bread, ciabatta!
Makes 1 panini
1 Tbs goat cheese
1 Tbs ricotta
2 Tbs strawberry preserves (you could substitute your favorite preserves)
2 slices deli turkey
1 multigrain ciabatta roll sliced in half
Mix goat cheese and ricotta together. Spread over one half of ciabatta roll. Spread preserves over the other half. Place turkey in between two slices of ciabatta. Place sandwich in panini press, George Forman or in a skillet with heavy plate covering it. Heat just until cheese is melted and jam is oozy:)
- 1 Tbs goat cheese
- 1 Tbs ricotta
- 2 Tbs strawberry preserves (you could substitute your favorite preserves)
- 2 slices deli turkey
- 1 multigrain ciabatta roll sliced in half
- Mix goat cheese and ricotta together. Spread over one half of ciabatta roll.
- Spread preserves over the other half.
- Place turkey in between two slices of ciabatta.
- Place sandwich in panini press, George Forman or in a skillet with heavy plate covering it. Heat just until cheese is melted and jam is oozy:)