So today I want to talk about one of my favorite — and least favorite — things. The Internet. Specifically, how the internet can take some random person’s offhand remark and turn it into a Thing. For example, take this lady, who single-handedly coined my most beloved phrase of all time in the course of giving an interview to the local news.
In a less awesome — and in fact, kindof icky — example, this website tells the tale of a man whose girlfriend made him a sandwich so tasty that he apparently told her, “you are 300 sandwiches away from an engagement ring.” And rather than her brushing off this obnoxious comment (or even better, ditching her prince of a boyfriend), she actually got to work making him 300 more sandwiches. And, because this is the Internet, there’s a blog documenting every last one of them. Oh, and I heard she got a book deal, too. Shocker, right?
I guess the point of all this is that it kindof amazes me how easily people can become famous in this day and age. Well, “famous,” I suppose. All this lady did was date a jerk, make some sandwiches, and hit publish. And soon we’ll all be reading her book. Is she a genius? I suppose she’s a genius in the way Kim Kardashian is a genius, if you know what I mean.
Anyway, I looked through some of her sandwich recipes, but none really piqued my interest. THIS one though…this one was good.
SAUSAGE-FETA-RED PEPPER PANINI (slightly adapted from Food Network)
4 spicy Italian sausage links, casings removed and sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
6 focaccia rolls or other sandwich buns
1/3 cup olive tapenade
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
1/2 cup roasted red peppers, chopped (jarred is fine)
1. Brown sausage rounds in skillet over medium-high heat until cooked through, 7-8 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside.
2. Heat grill pan or panini press over medium-high heat . Slice each focaccia roll in half, spreading both sides with olive tapenade. Top half the rolls with sausage rounds, feta, and red peppers.
3. Working 1-2 at a time, cook paninis. If you’re using a grill pan, place the paninis on the pan with something heavy over the top to smoosh them down (I used a heavy Le Creuset baking dish). Cook until paninis are heated through, about 4 minutes per side.
Lucky for me I’m already married, but I wouldn’t mind eating this sandwich about 300 more times…