Panini; asparagus – 16 May 2012

After D and I visited our neighbor R to discuss neighborhood matters, I made the (fortunately quick and easy) dinner I had planned – a grilled sandwich and steamed asparagus.

In the morning, D went to the Bowl and bought two Semifreddi ciabatta rolls and froze one of them for later use (maybe tomorrow). For tonight’s sandwich, I cut off the top of the ciabatta  to flatten it a bit, cut it in half to make a top and bottom slice, and filled it. I defrosted one pesto cube and spread it on the top slice, and I made roasted red pepper puree for the bottom (one roasted red pepper [done a few days ago] seeded and peeled, cut into quite large pieces, and Cuised with 1/2 Tbsp olive oil, a rounded 1/4 tsp salt, and something approximating 1/8 tsp pepper). I froze four cubes of red pepper puree for future use, too. Never tried it with this puree so I hope it works. {29 June: finally posting this – I’m sure I put a cheese in this, most likely Fontina Valle d’Aosta from the Cheese Board.)

I steamed some asparagus spears for 5 minutes, then cut some very thin slices of butter and laid them over the servings. That’s it!

Oh, and D brought up a bottle of Chateau Vernede, 2007, a Coteaux du Languedoc wine imported by Grape Expectations that we got at Vino. I like this wine, but was not convinced it liked the sandwich; however, D thought it went fine.

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