Panini imbottiti di formaggio

I just love these words!  Panini is the plural of panino which means small bread roll in Italian, rather than the flat, toasted sandwiches we have become used to. Imbottiti means stuffed or, literally, padded/cushioned.  These are from Gino D’Acampo’s book ‘Italian Home Baking’ which includes recipes for a lot of Italian artisan bread and are part of our ‘meals in one’ class.  Stuffed with a mixture of Taleggio, Cheddar, egg and paprika they are very, very tasty.

When I make them again I will probably drop the Taleggio which is rather pricey and go for any strong cheese like a Camembert, past its best or a blue cheese.  They are surprisingly light and make very good party food or hors d’ouevres.

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