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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Recipe Swap - Week #2

I was happy with the recipe I received for our first week, so I was excited to see what I'd get this time around.  The theme was lunch, and I was lucky enough to land a recipe from my friend Patrizia, who also recently started a food blog of her own.  The recipe is originally from Giada, but Patrizia made some changes, as did I.

I made this for myself while home alone (well, Bella was napping).  Frank's not a fan of chick peas so I knew it would be a weekday recipe for me.  I had some ciabatta bread that was getting pretty stale, so I popped it in the toaster oven and of course, forgot it was in there until I started smelling smoke...oops!  It was edible, but it wasn't "flexible", so it didn't make for the best picture.

My other adaptations are reflected in the recipe below, based on what I had in the house.  I added the mayo to the tuna instead of the chick pea spread, because that's my preference :)  Plus, I had to chop some onion into it...can't have tuna salad without onion!

It was really good, but not a surprise, coming from Giada.  Thanks, Patrizia!

Tuna and Artichoke Panini
adapted from Mangia! My Family Table by way of Giada De Laurentis

1/2 can chick peas, drained
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves
1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
1 can tuna (I used Bumblebee solid white tuna packed in water)
6 frozen artichoke hearts, thawed
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1/4 yellow onion, chopped
Ciabatta bread
Arugula and spinach leaves
1/2 lemon
salt and pepper

In a small food processor combine chick peas, olive oil, garlic and lemon zest until smooth. If you find it to be too thick, add a little more olive oil.  

In a small bowl, combine tuna, artichokes, onion and mayonnaise.  Add juice of 1/2 lemon, salt and pepper.  

Cut ciabatta lengthwise and spread chick pea mixture on both sides.  Add tomato and greens to one side, then tuna mixture.  Close up your sandwich and enjoy!

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At February 27, 2011 at 9:55 AM , Blogger Joanne said...

What a super delicious sandwich! Makes me remember that I haven't had artichokes in far too long!

At February 28, 2011 at 8:50 AM , Blogger CRS said...

Sounds delicious; I think I might have to make it soon!
Did it make a lot? I will also be the only one eating it since my husband also doesn't like chickpeas. I wonder if it will keep well to have over the course of a few days?

At February 28, 2011 at 11:26 AM , Blogger Melissa @IWasBornToCook said...

It makes enough for 2 sandwiches. It'll keep well for a few days, definitely.

At February 28, 2011 at 9:09 PM , Blogger Patrizia said...

Thanks Melissa! I am glad you enjoyed it. I had to tweak Giada's recipe myself - it's what I enjoy most about cooking .. you can add a little of this, take off a little of that and it's still delicious. Baking on the other hand.... :-)


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