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Friday, August 1, 2008

Mozzarella and Ham Panini—EASY AND DELICIOUS!
(A recipe from Martha Stewarts Everyday Magazine)
Prep time: 15 min Total time 35 Minutes
Serves 4
1 Large Loaf Italian Bread ( I use hard sub rolls—work great!)
8 oz Fresh Mozzarella thinly sliced (I have used regular sliced Mozzarella cheese-end results same)
4 oz shaved deli ham
2 oz baby spinach (2 cups, loosely packed)
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 Tablespoon olive oil

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Split bread horizontally. Layer one side with cheese, ham, and spinach beginning and ending with mozzarella seasoning with salt and pepper as you go. Close sandwich (mozzarella being in direct contact with bread on both sides will hold sandwich together as cheese melts.)

Brush a large baking sheet with some of the oil. Place sandwich on sheet; brush top with remaining oil. Place another baking sheet on top (cover bottom of sheet with aluminum foil. If necessary), and press down very firmly.

Bake panini, press down top sheet once or twice during baking, until cheese had melted and sandwich is golden, 20-25 minutes. Cut into four pieces and serve with salad.

Side: Spinach Salad with apples or strawberries, toasted nuts (almonds or pecans) and poppy seed dressing (Briannas Home style Poppy Seed is my favorite)

Dessert: Jell-O salad or pudding
Creamy Layered Squares Prep Time: 20 min Total Time: 4 hr 20 minMakes: 9 servings
1-1/2 cups boiling water
1 pkg. (8-serving size) or 2 pkg. (4-serving size each) JELL-O Brand Strawberry Flavor Sugar Free Low Calorie Gelatin
Ice cubes
1 cup cold water
1-1/2 cups thawed COOL WHIP LITE Whipped Topping, divided
STIR boiling water into gelatin in large bowl at least 2 minutes until completely dissolved. Add enough ice to cold water to measure 1-1/2 cups. Add to gelatin; stir until ice is completely melted. Refrigerate about 45 minutes or until gelatin is slightly thickened.
REMOVE 1-1/2 cups of the gelatin; set aside. Add 3/4 cup of the whipped topping to remaining gelatin; stir with wire whisk until well blended. Pour into 8-inch square dish. Refrigerate about 15 minutes until set but not firm. Carefully spoon reserved gelatin over creamy layer in dish.
REFRIGERATE 3 hours or until firm. Cut into 9 squares to serve. Top each serving with a dollop of the remaining whipped topping.Substitute Prepare as directed, using any flavor JELL-O Brand Sugar Free Low Calorie Gelatin.

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