During an epic Cooking Channel marathon this weekend, I watched Giada assemble this intriguing panini, a combination of ingredients so crazy it might just work. Indeed, the flavors compliment each other impressively. It’s so good in fact, I ate it two days in a row.
Tuna and artichoke panini
3/4 cup pitted kalamata olives
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 (6-ounce) cans tuna in olive oil, drained
1 (12-ounce) jar marinated artichokes, drained and coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (16-ounce) french or ciabatta bread, halved horizontally
1 tomato, sliced
Puree the olives, oil, garlic, and zest in a food processor until smooth and spreadable. Blend in the mayonnaise. Toss the tuna, artichokes, lemon juice, and pepper in a medium bowl, keeping the tuna in small chunks.
Hollow out the bottom and top halves of the bread. Spread the olive puree over both cut sides of the bread. Spoon the tuna and artichoke mixture onto the bottom half of the bread. Sprinkle the tomatoes over. Cover with the bread top.
Enjoy with potato chips and friends!