Monday, January 31, 2011

Tuna & Artichoke Panini

I own a few Giada De Laurentis cook books - most of which are signed thanks to my wonderful mother-in-law Marie who has spent many hours on line to have a face to face with Giada.  I love her recipes since they are so close to home and all so very simple. I was at the market today and saw the most gorgeous loaf of ciabbata bread.  It just looked so inviting! I had this Tuna Artichoke Panini recipe that I loved which is inspired by Giada's recipe (which you can find by clicking HERE)...mine doesn't use Olives since the husband isn't a fan.  Now, I haven't tried her actual version..but mine is pretty darn good!  You'll be surprised at how easy this is! This recipe serves may get 4 servings but we REALLY liked it :-)

  • 1/2 Can Chick Peas, drained
  • 2 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Garlic Clove (more if you are a fan!)
  • 1/2 tsp. Lemon zest
  • 2 Tbsp. Mayonnaise
  • 1 Can of Italian Tuna, such as Cento
  • 1/2 Can Artichoke Hearts -or- 1/2 jar marinated artichoke hearts, chopped
  • Arugula
  • Plum Tomato, sliced and salted
  • 1 Lemon
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  1. In a small food processor combine chick peas, olive oil, garlic and lemon zest until smooth. If you find it to be too thick, add a little more olive oil
  2. Add mayonnaise and blend until well blended
  3. In a small bowl, combine tuna and artichokes - if you use tuna in water or canned artichoke hearts you may need to add a little olive oil to this so that it isn't too dry
  4. Add juice of half of a lemon, salt and pepper to the tuna artichoke mixture
  5. Cut yourself a nice piece of ciabbata bread and spread your chick pea mixture liberally on both sides
  6. On one slice, place 3 slices of tomato and a few leaves of arugula 
  7. Place a heaping spoonful of the tuna artichoke mixture on top of this, top with the other piece of bread and....ENJOY!!!
I served this with sliced tomato drizzled with a little olive oil and seasonings - such a light and refreshing meal!

1 comment:

  1. I love your blog so far Patrizia!! And I am definitely making this ASAP. Yum!!!!