No special equipment needed for these Spanish-inspired paninis—Rachael Ray suggests using your grill instead!
Servings: Serves 4
Ingredients 8 slices crusty bread from a good-size loaf, 1/2 inch thick, at least 5 inches across and 3 inches wide1/3 pound thinly sliced Serrano ham1/3 to 1/2 pound manchego , thinly sliced with sharp knife or cheese plane1 cup hot pickled vegetable salad of cauliflower, carrots, celery and hot peppers (giardiniera) drained1/2 cup sweet pickled red pepper relish or sweet pickle relish2 cups mixed good quality olives2 Tbsp. fresh thyme leaves , finely chopped1 Tbsp. lemon zest1 tsp. cumin seeds1 tsp. red pepper flakesExtra-virgin olive oil , EVOO, for drizzling
Form sandwiches of Serrano and cheese in equal amounts. Grind the hot pickled vegetables and the sweet pickle relish in food processor and pulse chop to make a relish. Spread the relish evenly on sandwich tops and set into place.
Place olives in a foil pouch and season with thyme, lemon zest, cumin seeds and red pepper flakes. Drizzle with EVOO and seal the pouch. Place pouch on grill and cook a few minutes on each side to heat the olives, herbs and spices.
Place sandwiches on grill and weigh down with heavy skillet or a brick covered in foil. Char and heat the sandwiches through—2 to 3 minutes on each side.
Cut sammies in half and serve with hot olives on the side.