Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Breakfast Panini: Peanut butter and banana

Peanut butter is one of those foods where you pretty much have to grow up with it to like it, you have to overcome a great deal of stick to your mouth factor, and that's something kids deal with better than adults, and as much as my house was not a place for typically American fare growing, (I hadn't even heard of different dressing until I was eight and at a slummer party, wherein the mom asked me what dressing I would like, I was so lost and unaware I asked for lemon, she gave me a slice of lemon, I didn't know what had gone wrong.) Somehow peanut butter was there from the start, and nothing goes well with peanut butter like banana.
Rather than frying a sandwich, I thought I'd press it, I'm sure this has been done before, but I was just really experimenting, the one thing I would have done differently is use a less ripened banana, but that may just be personal preference.

This starts off simple, I heat the foreman grill, I have one of the old slanting kinds, but it works just fine, slant and all.
 then spread peanut butter on one side of bread, and place sliced bananas on the other, I topped them with a little raw sugar, to help the caramel flavor along and a little cinnamon, for the whole baked goods taste that goes oh so well with breakfast. A bit chocolate or marshmallow would be great additions as well. 

I sprayed one side of the bread with a little cooking spray, placed that side down on the grilled, sprayed the other side and closed the lid, around 5 minutes later the perfect crust on the outside.
Peanut Butter and Banana Panini
2 slices multiograin bread
1/2 banana
2 tbsp peanut butter
1/2 tsp sugar
pinch cinnamon
coking spray

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