A few weeks ago I was exercising while watching the foodnetwork. Yes, I know it is probably a bad idea to exercise while watching cooking shows, but it is about the only time I have time to watch the foodnetwork. So, foodnetwork is often what I watch while exercising.
I end up watching whatever is on at the time I am exercising. Sometimes, it is a show I really like, other times it is something that is just okay and I end up flipping the channels back and forth between news, foodnetwork, and whatever else I can find.
I recently ended up watching Everyday Italian with Giada De Laurnetis. I have only seen this show a few times since it is on at a time I do not usually exercise. The few times I have watched it, I have had mixed feelings. She has some good ideas, but a lot of her recipes call for ingredients that I don’t usually have in my cupboards.
But this particular day she was making several things that I was very interested in. One of the dishes was a tuna panini on focaccia bread. I love tuna sandwiches and I love panini. The combination of the two sounded really good and I had never thought to put them together.
Her recipe calls for Italian tuna, provolone cheese, and frisee lettuce. I decided to take the general idea and make it more practical for my family. I am sure Italian tuna would probably be better, but I just used what I had in my pantry. I also did not like the idea of lettuce on this sandwich because it is a hot sandwich and I prefer my lettuce on cold sandwiches not warm ones. But if you think lettuce sounds good go ahead and put some on. I do however love provolone cheese, but I do not usually keep it on hand. It is a bit expensive for us to use everyday.
I think using regular tuna and mozzarella cheese this sandwich makes a very frugal and simple dinner. Serve it with a regular or fruit salad and you have a great meal.
I used my panini press for this, but you could easily use a pan or grill pan.
I used this tuna because it is what I had.
I like the flavored tuna that comes in the pouch, but since it is more expensive I usually mix it with the plain tuna. So, that is what I did for this.
So here is the version of tuna panini that I made.
- 9 ounces or so of tuna, you can vary this amount, just adjust the rest of the ingredients, if using canned tuna drain well,
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper or to taste
- focaccia bread, cut into sandwich size squares and sliced
- mozzarella or provolone cheese, I used mozzarella, but I want to try it with provolone, I think it would give it a little different flavor
- Mix together tuna, mayonnaise, salt, and pepper.
- Spread on focaccia and place cheese on top of tuna.
- Place bread on top and heat on panini press or grill pan.
- Cook for 3-4 minutes and flip.
- Cook until heated through and cheese is starting to melt.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 429Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 77mgSodium: 812mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 39g
Nutritional values are approximate and aren't always accurate.