Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Resteraunt Inspiration

by Meghann on July 22, 2009

The other weekend I had the most amazing sandwich at 310 Park South. The wonderful sandwich consisted of grilled veggies that had been marinated in a sweet balsamic vinegar then covered in cheese. Absolute perfection.  It’s the type of sandwich that lingers on your taste buds making you want to eat it again and again.

It’s also a sandwich I knew I could easily replicate at home and have been wanting to experiment with it in my own kitchen. Apparently I was not the only one who was inspired by the combination of flavors. Last week Amanda from RuntoFinish had great success with making her own variation of the sandwich. I have to say hers looked so good I knew the time has come for me to finally recreate it on my own.

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I started by slicing Zucchini, Yellow Squash and Eggplant then marinated in a mix of Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil.

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While they were marinating I completed level 1 of the 30 Day Shred for the day. I love how you can easily squeeze the 20 minute video into any part of the day. Plus it gave me something to do while the veggies were soaking up all the flavors. ๐Ÿ™‚

Next, I grilled the veggies on the George Foreman.

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Unfortunately I only have a mini foreman so I had to grill in stages. It took a little time to say the least, but worth the effort to get the pretty grill marks.

I then stacked a slice of Eggplant, Zucchini, Yellow Squash, and some Spinach between two slices of Publix Bakery Multi Grain Bread. At the least minute I decided to slather on Ricotta Cheese on one side, which ended up being the BEST IDEA EVER!

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I pressed the sandwich until the bread was crispy and the ricotta was melty.

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The ricotta really put this sandwich on the top. It was OMG good. I have never thought to use ricotta cheese in a panini before, but I can assure you I will think of it from now on.

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The sweetness of the grilled veggies also added a great flavor element to the pressed sandwich. I have to say this version was just as good as I got in the restaurant. Yum, Yum! I still have plenty of grilled veggies left, so you will more then likely see different variations of this flavor combination for the rest of the week ๐Ÿ˜‰

With the sandwich I had some Apple and Cherries.

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For dessert I had the last half of my last Peanut Butter Trail Mix Blondie courtesy of Amanda.

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It’s official Amanda… I’m ready to be restocked. ๐Ÿ˜‰

This afternoon was spent conducting more Twitter research part. The best part was after I tweeted about enjoying The Twitter Book one of the authors @SarahM tweeted back letting me know she was glad I enjoyed it. Yet again, just another cool thing about Twitter!

Around 4:00 I did break into my snack of Carrots and Almond Butter.

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And once the carrots ran out I proceeded to just used a knife as a vehicle to finish off my AB consumption.

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I thought it was classier then digging my fingers in or literally licking up the remains. All of which if I were not at my desk I would have happily engaged in.

Now is the time of the evening where I sit back and commence being a lazy couch potato. It’s one of my favorite parts of the day. ๐Ÿ™‚

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