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Turkey, Feta & Pear Panini

October 15, 2009

Here’s another great lunch time idea that is not your traditional sandwich and quick to make. I paired some thinly sliced pears with feta, turkey and a smear of basil-walnut pesto, all toasted on a warm ciabatta bread. I am loving this Trader Joe’s ciabatta bread right now and use it for everything. I actually made another batch of this pesto because I have found so many different ways to use it and it holds up pretty well in the fridge. Here are a couple other dishes I have made using this delicious healthy pesto: Pesto Pasta w/ Peas & Prosciutto, Pesto Chicken Panini, Grilled Pizza w/ Pesto, Tomato & Feta, Pasta w/ Basil-Walnut Pesto. Eat lunch in today and save some money to spend on the weekend!

Turkey, Feta & Pear Panini

Serves 4

  • 1 (1-pound) loaf ciabatta bread
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese, divided
  • 2 large pears, cored and cut into 1/4-inch wedges
  • 4 ounces turkey slices
  • 3 ounces arugula
  • 4 tablespoons prepared pesto, divided


1. Cut the ciabatta loaf into 4 equal pieces. Halve each piece horizontally to make 4 sandwiches. Brush the bread on both sides with olive oil and place the bottom-half of the bread slices in the panini machine in a single layer. Heat until golden, about 3 to 4 minutes. Continue with the remaining top slices of bread.

2. While the top slices of the bread are in the Panini machine, begin forming the sandwiches. Divide the pesto among the warm bread. Cover the pesto with feta cheese and slices of fruit. Top with a handful of arugula and turkey. Place the warmed top half of the bread over and return the competed sandwich to the panini machine for 1 to 2 minutes more. Remove from the panini machine. Cut the sandwiches in half and serve immediately.


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