What’s Cookin? Fresh Fare Friday August 24: Fresh Summer Panini

What is Fresh Fare Friday? By the end of the week, I’m usually craving something light, a little on the healthier side, and easy to prepare. I’ll try to pick out my favorite recipes, featuring fewer ingredients, fresh from the market. Not strictly vegetarian, but leaning that way.

Oh, and enjoy!


      • Marinated Olives:
      • 1  (6-ounce) can California Ripe Olives, whole
      • 1  tablespoon olive oil
      • 1  garlic clove, crushed
      • 1 1/2  tablespoons balsamic vinegar
      • 1/4  teaspoon red pepper flakes


      • 4  cups (32-ounces) warm water
      • 2  tablespoons (7/8 ounce) granulated sugar
      • 2  packages or 1 scant tablespoon active dry yeast
      • 10  cups (2 pounds, 10 1/2 ounces) King Arthur All-Purpose Flour, plus extra for flouring work surface
      • 2  tablespoons salt


  • 2  medium zucchini, cut lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices
  • 3  green, red or yellow bell pepper, seeded and cut into large chunks
  • 1  red onion, sliced 1/4-inch thick


To prepare olives, combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Let stand at room temperature until ready to use in panini.

To prepare flatbread, combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Mix until dry ingredients are incorporated. Cover with a damp towel and set aside 2 hours.  If you’re making the dough to use later, remove the damp towel, lightly flour the surface of the dough and push it down with your hands, deflating the mix back to near its original volume. Seal container with a lid and store in your refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

When you’re ready to use the dough, preheat a George Foreman. Lightly flour your hands, work surface and rolling pin. Pinch 4 (2- to 3-inch) balls of dough from the mix. Replace the lid and return the rest to the fridge. Place 1 dough ball on the work surface and pat into a flat disk. Use a rolling pin to roll to desired thickness and set aside on floured parchment or wax paper.  Repeat with remaining dough balls.

Use a pizza peel or flat cookie sheet to transfer the rounds to the grill. Cook 3 to 5 minutes, flip dough halfway through the cooking time, until the dough is cooked through and bubbly.

To prepare vegetables, place all vegetables in a large bowl. Toss with oil, salt and pepper.

Place vegetables on grill grate and cook 3 to 5 minutes, flipping halfway through the cooking time, until vegetables are tender and slightly charred.

To assemble panini, olives and vegetables on top. Fold over bread and grill until thoroughly heated.

Source: Relish

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