This past weekend we had a snow storm blow a cold, wintry mix through our area. As anyone from North Carolina knows, they just don’t know how to handle snow like us Northerners. So they flood the grocery stores, buying up every last drop of milk, farm-fresh eggs, and stocking their pantries with plenty of bread. I’m pleased to tell you that I stocked up as well- with plenty of Borden® Cheese. Because who doesn’t love a warm panini with melted gooey cheese on a cold snowy day?! And my Turkey Bacon Avocado Panini is the bomb!
Keeping my Yankee traditions alive in the South, we use granulated maple sugar on everything. If I run low, I just call my dad and he ships it down to me. But, since you probably don’t have parents that own a maple sugar house operation- you can always find it at another retailer. Granulated maple sugar is the granulated form of pure maple syrup. Nothing added, no preservatives.
Lay your bacon on a half sheet pan lined with parchment paper, then sprinkle with a generous helping of maple sugar. (Add a little to your coffee while you bake your bacon) Yes, bake the bacon in the oven! This will help crisp your bacon, caramelize it prettily with that maple sugar and make cleanup a breeze.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Cook the bacon for about 20 minutes. Then use tongs to remove the bacon from the pan and place on a plate lined with paper towels. This will absorb some of the fat. (Use the leftover bacon grease for your dog – mix in with his dry food, along with a raw egg to keep his fur looking like a puppy’s)I’ve always been a big fan of Borden® Cheese. There’s something about bringing families together around really great foods. Celebrate wholesome family moments filled with love, made uniquely special by the love that goes into Borden® Cheese. Lowe’s Foods in Mebane, North Carolina had a great selection of Borden® Cheese (in the dairy section with all the other cheese products). Lowe’s Foods carries a wide variety of Borden® Cheese, so you can choose the type you would like, in either shredded or sliced cheese. It’s perfect for making homemade panini, tacos or adding to your lasagna dishes. Transforming food with the love from Borden® Cheese, there’s nothing better. Good food brings us all together as a family. During the week, even with crazy schedules, sitting down at the table with our family is a must. No technology allowed; therefore no distractions.
Use the Borden Cheese store locator to find a store near you!
Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise on your sourdough bread. Place a few slices of turkey breast, avocado slices, maple coated bacon, and slices of Borden® Cheese, variety of your choice.
I used my panini press, but if you don’t have one, you can certainly use a cast iron skillet, with a smaller cast iron skillet set on top, to press the sandwich down. (If you do use a cast iron skillet, be sure to either use a few tablespoons of butter or olive oil in the pan) For the panini press, I did not need to use any cooking spray or anything, because it’s a non-stick surface. Heat to medium-high and cook the panini for about 3-4 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.Remove the sandwich from the panini press and slice. Enjoy with potato chips and pickles. The flavors are amazing in this sandwich – warm gooey Borden® Cheese paired with salty-sweet maple bacon and fresh avocado slices. Tell me how your panini came out, I’d love to hear from you!
Turkey Bacon Avocado Panini
- 4 slices sourdough bread
- 1 avocado sliced
- 6 slices turkey breast
- 6 slices maple sugar coated bacon
- 2 Borden® Cheese Gouda Slices
- 2 Borden® Cheese Cheddar Jack Slices
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
Place a pound of bacon on a parchment lined half sheet pan. Sprinkle generously with granulated maple sugar. Bake in the preheated oven for about 20 minutes, or until golden and crispy. Use tongs to remove the bacon from the hot sheet pan and place on paper towels on a plate.
Assemble the sandwich:
Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise on both pieces of sourdough bread. Layer 3 slices of turkey breast, maple sugar coated bacon, avocado slices and one slice of each cheese. Place on a preheated panini press, on medium to high heat. Press down and cook the sandwich for 3 to 4 minutes, or until the cheese is melted good and the bread is nicely browned. Repeat with the second sandwich.