Roasted Red Peppers
In honor of my wife currently traveling through Italy, I decided to have a taste of Italy for lunch with the Italian Salami panini from The Fresh Market. She's probably eating pizza and gelato in Rome while I'm sitting here munching on my sandwich at my desk, but hey - what can you do? I know - I could quit my job and go join her. I'm considering it. In the meantime, the Italian Salami panini is a very nice alternative.
Some restaurants don't know how to make a panini. They think you can just throw a sandwich on a panini press, give it a couple minutes, and out comes a great sandwich. This simple method doesn't work if you don't have the right ingredients, particularly the bread. You have to have thick, sturdy slices of bread that toast well and don't get squished in the panini press. If the bread is too thin and soft, you end up with a flat, pathetic panini that looks like a quesadilla. That's free advice, McAlister's.
The Fresh Market has this figured out with its paninis.
The rustic bread they use toasts perfectly in the panini press, with nice grill marks and a crunchy exterior while still keeping a soft, chewy crumb.
As for the rest of the ingredients on the sandwich, I give them two thumbs up! It reminded me of being at an Italian market and getting a platter of Italian meats, cheese, and thick pieces of Italian bread for a picnic. You'd combine everything together to make little sandwiches that are full of delicious Italian flavors - like smoky salami, creamy provolone cheese, and garlic-y pesto. That's what you get with the Italian Salami Panini. You also get some sweet flavors from the roasted red peppers, red onion, and tomato - which are all flavors that shine particularly well in Italian food.
I've had many great sandwiches at The Fresh Market and this panini definitely earns a spot near the top of that list. And for those of us who can't get away to Italy right now, the quality of the Italian Salami Panini is greatly appreciated.