This week we had our 3rd Annual Meat Lovers and Chocolate Lovers lunch (in honor of Valentine's Day), for which Jenny and I made Sausage/Broccoli Rabe panini. It's a good thing, too, because everyone else practically brought chocolate (remember the old Sesame Street episode where they have a potluck picnic and neglect to plan who will bring what? Everyone brings watermelon. This wouldn't happen at our office because, hey, watermelon is NOT in season. But chocolate, chocolate is always in season).
Sausage/Broccoli Rabe Panini
Sweet Italian Fennel Sausage (OR John's homemade spicy italian sausage)
a little white wine (or red wine, whatever you have)
red pepper flakes
thinly sliced fontina cheese
begin by blanching broccoli rabe in boiling water for about 2-3 minutes
saute chopped garlic in olive oil
add cooked broocoli rabe, pinch salt, and one shake of red pepper flakes
toss to coat, cook 1 minute
at the same time (because multi tasking is fun) in a separate pan, heat a little more oil
add sausage links, letting them brown on all sides
add 1/2 cup white or red
cover, turn down heat and let cook fro about 12 minutes
assemble sandwiches: one layer cheese, one layer of sliced sausage, one layer of broccoli rabe
put on a lightly oiled, heated panini press and cook until cheese melts and bread crisps and browns.
cut into thirds and eat with 2 kinds of chocolate mousse, 2 kinds of chocolate cake, chocolate chip cookies, and a strong antacid.