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Christy Jordan is the south’s favorite foodie and owner and writer of SouthernPlate.com. She is the author of Come Home to Supper and Southern Plate. You can find the family at SouthernPlate.com, the Southern Plate Family Facebook Page, Front Porch Forums, on Twitter or you can subscribe by email.

We used to have a little Italian restaurant near our house that made the most amazing panini! My husband and I picked one up to split as a treat from time to time. I often remarked about how easy it would be to duplicate at home but didn’t become motivated to do so until they went out of business and we found ourselves longing for our favorite savory sandwich.

The Italian panini is a delicious blend of flavors, brought together with melted provolone cheese and set off by fresh tomatoes and the bright flavor of pesto sauce. The trick to helping it all come together is to keep your layers as thin as possible. Slice those tomatoes super thin and add only one layer of cheese. Once pressed into a panini and toasted golden, the flavors are maximized in each bite!

I don’t have a panini maker and I’m a big believer that in order for something to take up precious space in my kitchen it needs to be able to serve multiple uses, so my Hamilton Beach waffle iron began to lead a double life. Waffle iron by morning, panini maker by day! Unlike waffle makers in the past, my Hamilton Beach one has removable dishwasher-safe grids, which makes it perfect for panini that are known to have “cheese overflow” at times. We set out our ingredients and have a big family panini bar for lunch on Saturdays. Once everyone is done, I just let it cool down, remove the grids (by clicking a single button for each) and put them in the sink or dishwasher. Lunch is made and cleanup is done!

The Italian Panini from @southernplate on Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach


The Italian Panini
SERVES: 1

Ingredients
1 deli slice smoked ham
1 deli slice pastrami
6 small slices pepperoni, spread out (or 1-2 large slices)
1 slice provolone
1 tablespoon basil pesto
2 thin slices of tomato
1 Ciabatta roll, sliced, or other bread of your choice
Instructions
Preheat waffle maker.
Layer each ingredient onto sandwich, spreading out the pepperoni and tomatoes to allow the sandwich to be as thin as possible.
Spray waffle maker grids with nonstick cooking spray and place sandwich inside. Press down to close and turn waffle maker as directed to lock in place.
Allow to cook until crispy and golden, about five minutes. Carefully remove from waffle maker with a spatula.
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26030_1Make your waffle just the way you want it – lighter or darker – in just minutes. Designed for the thickest batter and most complex waffle, the Hamilton Beach® Flip Belgian Waffle Maker has Belgian-style grids with deep pockets to hold plenty of toppings. Even better, the nonstick grids are removable to go in the dishwasher for easy cleanup afterwards.



Center Stage: Caramel Apple Cider with Southern Plate (and a Cookbook Giveaway) with Everyday Good Thinking @HamiltonBeachChristy Jordan is the south’s favorite foodie and owner and writer of SouthernPlate.com. She is the author of Come Home to Supper and Southern Plate. You can find the family at SouthernPlate.com, the Southern Plate Family Facebook Page, Front Porch Forums, on Twitter or you can subscribe by email.

I have two best friends when it comes to time in my kitchen: my Mama and my slow cooker! My mother, well, that is obvious. She taught me how to cook and is my main brainstorming partner when it comes to recipe development. My slow cooker is the one appliance that will actually do my cooking for me while I focus on other things. It’s like having my own private kitchen staff – maybe that’s why I own five of them!

I was honored to be invited to do a guest post for Hamilton Beach. They have been my go-to brand for appliances ever since I had my own kitchen. Hamilton Beach has earned my respect and patronage because they build innovative products made for the long haul and at prices families can afford. I own everything from food processors to hand mixers to indoor grills made by HB, but when it came time to share a recipe with you I had to go back to my faithful slow cooker!

I love to see my kid’s faces light up when they come home to wonderful smells filling the house. And slow cooked apple anything is sure to make your house smell as good as it gets this side of heaven. As my kids have gotten older they have come to love “custom” warm drinks, like the ones served in coffee houses and such.

This slow cooked apple cider is the perfect treat at the end of a school day or on a lazy Saturday afternoon. During the colder months, I make a batch on the weekend and store whatever we don’t finish in the fridge to quickly heat up after school or for weeknight treats. Don’t let the simplicity fool ya, though. This Caramel Apple Cider is definitely party worthy as well! I hope you get to make it soon and enjoy some slow sippin’ time with your loved ones this holiday season!

Center Stage: Caramel Apple Cider with Southern Plate (and a Cookbook Giveaway) with Everyday Good Thinking @HamiltonBeach


Caramel Apple Cider
SERVES: 8

Ingredients
64 ounces apple juice
12 ounce jar caramel
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon allspice
Instructions
Place apple juice in 5 or 6 quart slow cooker.
Stir in spices and caramel and place heat on low. After one hour, stir well again.
Continue cooking on low 3 more hours.
Serve in mugs topped with whipped cream and caramel drizzle, if desired.
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