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Monday, March 5, 2012

Piccolo Panini (Italian Sliders)

I sent the hubby to work today with these Italian Sliders.  They are easier to put together than one would think. A super quick coconut flour slider bun and some Old World Deli meats I picked up at Aldi. The deli package includes pepper salame, hot capocollo and hot calabrese. Yum! If you don't have an Aldi, and who ever knows what they will have in stock, then I think you can get these at Walmart as well. They all have one gram or less carb per ounce.

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

1 egg
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.

2 sliders with salami and cheese fillings:   486 calories   5 g net carbs     46 g fat

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!

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Debby@Just Breathe said...

These sound yummy!

Diane said...

Would this work with other kinds of flours (like the soy flour I have in my cupboard)?

Lisa Marshall said...


Usually, you can't do equal substitutions with coconut flour, because it is so much more absorbent. I will check and see what I can find for you.

debora said...

love the sound of these going to make some up thank you so much great site great recipes :)

Jennifer [To PIN/share a Post, Click the 3 dots or the Red SAVE Button] said...

Awesome, Lisa! Have a wonderful day, my friend.

Retta said...

I agree, I ALWAYS toast microwave breads, or else to me they seem spongy and soggy.
But I never thought to pan grill them with the butter. Sounds delish! I'm going to try that, thanks.

My hubby is still not a fan of ANY low carb "breads" that I've made, and insists on buying store bought gluten free bread (NOT low carb). At least he was willing to let go, finally, of the wheat. But maybe he would like mine, pan grilled this way. It's worth a try. :-D

queenjojo02 said...

Just made 2 'mugs' of these...they worked out well. I think they would have tasted better with a bit more salt. My boyfriend really likes them, but I have come to the conclusion I don't miss bread!

Melisa said...

I really like this bread and would like to make more than one at a time (there are 3 low carbers here). Have you ever tried making a bigger batch and baking in the oven? I want to try is as buns in my muffin top pan. Do you think it would work to just multiply the ingredients by 6?

Lisa Marshall said...


I have never tried it in the oven. It might work. Only worried that it might need the quick rise of the microwave power. You never know until you try, though.

Danielle said...

Is it alright to substitute the cream for almond milk? I'm thinking of trying this tonight for dinner with some left over meatmalls for a nice meatball slider sandwich :)

Anonymous said...

Diane, Ditch the soy about soy effects on women...try to eliminate the soy from your diet

Anonymous said...

Hi nice job, when you say "cream" is heavy cream, cream cheese or ...?