Monday, March 5, 2012
Piccolo Panini (Italian Sliders)
Now the bun. I adapted another adaptation of Ginny's Coconut Flour Microwave Bread. I have this in another version too. Microwave breads are so easy to play round with. The bread really is better with some toasting, so in my book, this is pretty much essential. Because someone in my house, name still unknown, must have dripped cheese or butter into the bottom of my toaster oven, and I didn't feel like scrubbing it out so that smoke no longer poured out when toasting, I decided a pan grill, almost panini style would work too. It grilled up really well with a nice buttery crunch. The total baking time is still under 5 minutes, and who can't do that? This time, making only 4 sliders, I didn't even bother with the extra bowl: I just mixed all the ingredients in a mug.
Even Quicker Coconut Flour Slider Buns
2 tbsp cream
1 tbsp coconut flour
1 tsp olive oil
1/4 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 tbsp butter
Choose a straight sided coffee mug. Beat the egg well. Stir in the olive oil and cream. Add the coconut flour, baking powder and salt. Stir and let the mixture sit for a minute to thicken. Microwave on full power for approximately 1 minute and 20 seconds. Microwave times will vary. The mixture will rise over the top of the mug, then sink back down. It is done when the center is set. Remove the mug from the microwave and release the bread onto a cutting board. Cut the bread into 4 equal slices. Melt butter in a skillet, adding the slices to brown and toast.
To make John's small sandwiches, I added some cheese to melt into the buns. Then of course, you can add the deli slices and press down on the sliders in true panini fashion. I tried one like this and the other with the bread simply toasted. Wanting something green, I added some lettuce to each slider. With such flavorful meat, I decided not to drown everything out with mustard. A little spash of Italian dressing would be good, but the hubby is not a fan. I will add it to mine though, as well as some slices of pepperoncini. These Picolo (translated as tiny) Panini are a feast for the eyes as well as delicious. They would definitely convince your friends that you don't suffer on a low carb diet!