Toasting Techniques

Toasting Sandwiches in a non-stick pan:  When toasting quesadillas (like my Hummus Quesadillas) or sandwiches in a non-stick pan, use a very small amount of oil over medium heat.  My Italian culinary instructors would insist on olive oil; however, I sometimes use a little vegetable oil or Canola oil.  

Wait until the pan is hot – but not too hot – and place your sandwich onto the pan.  You can use the palm of your hand to press it down so it cooks evenly.  Use a flat spatula to flip. 

Panini Press:  For me, it is one of the greatest inventions.  I toast sandwiches, quesadillas, and day-old bagels in panini presses.  The results remind me of the Italian style panini sandwiches – your final product is crunchy on the outside and moist on the inside.