Bacon Turkey Ranch Panini on Bacon Asiago Bread



Our lives are super busy. 
For me, I have deadlines, church, ball games for nieces and nephews, appointments for my mother-in-love, etc. 

I would love to tell you that I ALWAYS have these beautiful, made-from-scratch, meals on the table every night, but the reality is...I don't.  However, easy meals do not mean you have to skimp on flavor and "panache" as they like to say.  When you are pressed for time, using great ingredients can make all the difference. 
Today's recipe (if you can really call it that) is inspired by a great little artisan bakery I encountered on my food adventure to Columbus, OH a couple weeks ago. 


I know I have endlessly been talking about my two days spent at North Market, but I am not kidding when I say I have never been so inspired by ingredients in all of my life!


One such place that inspired me, tucked away in the corner of the market, is probably one of the most beautiful bakeries I have ever encountered in my entire life!



Meet Amy Lozier. 
She is the owner of Omega and in just a few minutes talking with her, I knew she was the real deal!
Her passion for bread made the right way in INFECTIOUS and you can SEE it in everything she brings to the table. 



She prides herself on making bread the way it should be made, the European way, with no additives.
What I love about this bakery is that it is artisan, that means they make breads in small batches, so they can control the quality of each loaf.  That way we are guaranteed to get the best possible product on our tables.  



Along with her fantastic artisan loaves, she also offers an array of chocolate delights all handmade and decorated. 


*sigh*...One more look shall we!

I personally was so excited because on my trip there, she was experimenting with three of my favorite things.  Bread, Bacon, and Cheese.  The minute I tried the "special of the day", I knew I had to purchase a loaf and make a delicious Panini with it! 

So here it is, a dinner worthy sandwich that WILL not disappoint on flavor!

Bacon Turkey Ranch Panini on Bacon Asiago Bread:
*Prep Time:  3 minutes  *Cook Time: 25 minutes  *Difficulty:  Easy  *Servings: 4 sandwiches


Ingredients:



  • 1 loaf of Artisan Bread
  • 8 slices of provolone cheese
  • 8 slice of bacon
  • 12 slices of thin cut deli turkey
  • Ranch dressing
  • Spring greens

Tools:
  • Bread knife
  • Panini press (or George Foreman, or, in my case, grill pan with a CI skillet)
  • Baking sheet
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Heavy Skillet




I know that, traditionally, you would fry your bacon in a skillet, but when you are pressed for time, you don't want to mess with all of that, NOR do you want the mess in general.
A great alternative is to oven fry your bacon. 


Just line your baking sheet with foil, place the bacon on the sheet, and...


Put in a 400 degree oven for 20 minutes.
PERFECT every time and no mess!


Now to prep the bread. 
This is the beautiful loaf that I purchased at Omega. 
The bread itself is packed full of actual bacon and asiago cheese.
Then, as if that was not enough, just as it comes out of the oven, they brush it with bacon grease. 
 I KNOW RIGHT! 


To prep the loaf for the Panini's, cut in half,


then cut eat half in half.


Since this is a very thick loaf of bread, you will need to pull out the "meaty" part.
DO NOT throw this bread away.  Normally I would say you can save it for meatballs or bread crumbs, but with this bread, Studhubs and I just noshed on it.  *lol*


Now you will want to spread your ranch dressing on both sides of the bread.


Add AT LEAST 2 slices of cheese to each side of the bread.


Then, on one side of the bread, add the turkey.


On the other side, add the spring greens.
(aka my left over bagged salad)


Now add the bacon.
Mmmmm...bacon


Place both sides together.
WAIT!  STOP!  Don't eat it yet! 
I mean, you COULD, but I PROMISE you, things are about to get better. 


Heat a grill pan, George Foreman grill, Panini press, or plain ol' skillet up
and place the sandwich on it, top-side down.


In my case, I am using a grill pan.
You will need something weighty for the press, so I simply used my
big cast iron skillet! 
If I was making this in said skillet, I would wrap a brick in foil and use that.


Allow it to cook for 2-3 minutes, flip, and repeat.


And there you have it!  A delicious, flavorful, and filling Panini! 
I cut each half of the loaf onto an angle which provided 4 MAN-SIZED sandwiches.
Serve with your favorite chips, some crisp fruits slices, or carrot sticks.  I promise you, you may never go to a certain specialty sandwich shop again!

Thank you so much Omega Artisan Baking for your beautiful bread and the inspiration for this meal!  I will be back SOON for seconds! 

And if you are anywhere near the Columbus, OH area North Market and Omega Artisan Baking should be at the TOP of your places to visit.

And as always...

Happy Reading, Happy Eating, and Happy Living,

~The Kitchen Wife~


Bacon Turkey Ranch Panini on Bacon Asiago Bread:
*Prep Time:  3 minutes  *Cook Time: 25 minutes  *Difficulty:  Easy  *Servings: 4 sandwiches



Ingredients:
  • 1 loaf of Artisan Bread
  • 8 slices of provolone cheese
  • 8 slice of bacon
  • 12 slices of thin cut deli turkey
  • Ranch dressing
  • Spring greens

Tools:
  • Bread knife
  • Panini press (or George Foreman, or, in my case, grill pan with a CI skillet)
  • Baking sheet
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Heavy Skillet

Directions:
  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  3. Place bacon on the baking sheet, and put in oven for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Cut loaf in half.
  5. Cut each half in half.
  6. Pull the meaty part of the bread out, and save for a later use.
  7. Smear ranch dressing on both sides of bread.
  8. Place 2 slices of cheese on both sides of bread.
  9. On one side of the bread add the turkey.
  10. On the other side of bread, add the spring greens.
  11. On the side of the bread with the turkey, add the bacon. 
  12. Place both sides of the sandwich together.
  13. Heat a grill pan, or whatever source for grilling you choose.
  14. Place sandwich, top-side down.
  15. Place a heavy skillet on time.
  16. Cook for 2-3 minutes.
  17. Flip and repeat.
  18. Serve with side of your choice.
  19. ENJOY!
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My Nephew's 2nd Birthday and My First Birthday Cake...


Today is my nephew, Colton's 2nd birthday! 

Colton is, well, he is a country boy through and through.  He likes trucks and cars.  He loves mud and 4-wheelers.  He is all about bucks, and he especially loves his three dogs.  He has no fear and an adventurous heart, one day he is going to give his momma a heart attack, but it is all of those things that we love about him so very much! 

Now my family LOVES throwing parties!  I mean LOVES!  My sisters are total Pinterest QUEENS and hit it out of the park every year.  So when I approached my sister about making my nephew's cake this year, I wasn't sure what she would say. 

I had seen this cake on a Facebook feed and thought to myself "Huh, I could totally pull that off." so I sent her a picture and asked her what she thought. 

She truly surprised me when she thought it was awesome and agreed! 
But, as it is with all things, this simple cake morphed into something much, much more!  *lol*

So after talking we decided on a 4-wheeler cake. 
Still, I thought this was going to be pretty simple and was ready to give it a whirl!

Then we went shopping. 


We were about to purchase a simple chocolate cake when BAM, out of the corner of my sister's eye, this little gem appeared!  So camouflage cake it was.  I have to confess that at this point, I started to get nervous, but I wasn't going to let my nerves take any of the fun out of this experience, so I set them aside and stayed positive! 


When I got home I gathered everything together and was ready to attack this!


While preheating my oven, I greased my new, VERY LARGE (as you can see, it covers my stovetop) cake pan and lined it with parchment paper.


Then I sprayed it with cooking spray to MAKE SURE nothing stuck to the bottom.


Then I prepared the cake mix.
I have to say for $4.00 a box, I was disappointed in this mix.
In essence it was a yellow cake mix with food coloring. 
I feel like I could have done this on my own A LOT cheaper, but oh well...
Next time! 


I made the camouflage colors and


Proceeded to make the dollops in the VERY LARGE cake pan. 
Yes, I know I keep stressing that, but you will see why in a moment. 


I had initially purchased three boxes of mix.
After doing this stage, I had about a boxes worth of mix left over,
but there was really nothing I could do because of the way you assemble the cake. 


So I put the cake in the oven.
Everything looked great until....


I flipped the cake over and realized...


That is was only an inch thick!  *LOL*

WHAT AM I GOING TO DO!?!
Well, I did what any good kitchen wife would do...
I high tailed it to Wal-Mart and bought more cake mix. 
I guess this is a 2 layer cake now! 


With that all out of the way, I wrapped the cakes in saran wrap and decided to decorate the next day!
I made the icing from scratch using my Mom's Homemade Buttercream Icing Recipe.


Then I placed the first layer on a board with wax paper around it.
That keeps the mess down and gives your cake a nice edge.
Or so they say on The Food Network.


I placed a couple of dollops in the middle...


And spread a thin layer.


We placed the second layer on and finished icing the cake.
That was not to bad...well...if you don't count the minor melt down I had while trying to figure out how to get the ENORMOUS second layer on the first without breaking it! 
(Sorry about that babe.  Please forgive me.)


Now you can't have a 4-wheeler cake without dirt,
so I ground some Oreos up in my blender.


I drew a dirt road in the icing and filled it with the cookie mixture.



Then I added some candy obstacles, a few trees, and a couple of deer. 


Now it was time for the writing icing.
I colored it and..


Put it in my piping bag with a writing tip.


There you have it a finished product! 
Yes, I know, my icing writing need work, but at this point I was a little worse for wear. 
(Again, I'm sorry about that babe)


Here it is, at the park, during the party! 
Yes!  It survived the trip there!  *LOL* 


And here is a shot of what the inside looked like. 
 Not what the box said it would look like, but at this point I didn't care!  *LOL* 

It tasted great and I got to be the rock-star aunt that I am!  ;)
Colton's birthday party was a great success and everyone one had a wonderful time. 
And at the end of the day, that is what matters.

I know that when you make a dish or a cake for a special family function it can be very stressful, but the important thing to remember is....

It's okay if it is not perfect! 
 When you put love behind it, you can't go wrong! 


Now, who wants to clean this kitchen?

Happy Reading, Happy Eating, and Happy Living,

~The Kitchen Wife~








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