It's a Keeper: Brunch Panini

If you are looking for some Rachael Ray New Year's Eve menus, check out my post here, which has reviews of my favorite menu.

My New Year's Eve experience is quite different now that I have a 1.5 year old. I get together with a few friends who also have small kids and we have an afternoon New Year's for Losers party. Then, on New Year's Day, I like to make a little brunch to start the year off right. If you are looking for a Rachael Ray New Year's recipe, I'd highly recommend this one: Brunch Panini by Vivian Jao.

This recipe was in the On Hand section of Rachael Ray's magazine, but I personally do not have fancy prosciutto on hand.  This feature in the magazine tells you to add a few things to the Every Day Kitchen in order to create the recipe.
4 Servings

Prep 10 min

Cook 6 min

Ingredients:

8 ounces provolone cheese, sliced
8 slices country bread [I just looked for something crusty in the specialty breads section of my store.]
16 slices prosciutto (about 8 ounces)
1/4 cup raspberry jam [Don't even think about skipping this one - it makes the sandwich!]
4 large eggs
3 tablespoons melted butter

Directions:

Preheat a panini press [I use my Foreman grill, but you could also use a skillet, then weigh the sandwich down with another skillet or a foil wrapped brick]. Divide half the cheese among 4 slices of the bread, then top with the prosciutto; spread 1 tablespoon jam on each and top with the remaining cheese. Set the remaining bread slices in place.

In a shallow bowl, beat the eggs with the butter. Working in batches, dip both sides of each sandwich in the egg mixture and place in the panini press. Grill until the bread is crisp and golden, about 3 minutes.  [I served mine with eggs on the side and a fruit salad..]

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