Gluten-Free Waffle Panini and a Contest!

May 18, 2012


If we're friends on Facebook, you might have already seen my "waffle-panini." Here's the story:

Greg and I own a waffle iron and a panini press that look identical when closed. About a week or so ago, I asked him to heat the panini press. He accidentally grabbed the waffle iron and preheated it. Since I was busy assembling sandwiches,  I didn't notice his mistake---until I opened the iron to make our sandwiches.

Since I was hungry. Wait. Let me clarify. I was HUNGRY. The kind of hungry that I call "grumpy hungry." Oh, you know that hunger? Since you do, you'll understand what I did next: I decided to put our sandwiches into the waffle iron since I didn't want to wait the, oh, five minutes to heat the panini press! You know what happened?

A delicious sandwich happened! The cavities of the waffle iron left crispy, toasty squares all over the sandwich! What I thought would be a mistake sandwich, turned into a great success. If you have a waffle iron, you must try this!

This got me thinking. Have you experienced any "happy accidents" in the kitchen? Tell me your story in the comments and you could win a copy of my new book, "How to Cook Gluten-Free."

Gluten-Free Waffle Panini

I'm sure this would work with any panini. That night I made turkey paninis with provolone and artichoke hearts. Here's how to make 'em. Adjust the ingredient quantity to suit the number of folks you are feeding.

Artichoke hearts, quartered (You can buy the quartered or do it yourself.)

Gluten-Free Bread

Sharp provolone, sliced thin

Smoked turkey bread, sliced thin


  1. Line a plate with paper towels. Place artichoke hearts on plate. Cover with another layer of paper towels. Carefully place a plate on top of the artichoke hearts. This allows excess liquid to come out of the artichokes and presses them down slightly. Allow to stand for 20 minutes.


  2. Heat waffle iron.


  3. Butter bread. Place a slice of provolone on one side of the bread. Add two artichoke hearts and a few slices of smoked turkey bread. Top with another slice of provolone and sandwich together with another piece of bread.


  4. Cook until golden brown in waffle iron. Time varies depending on waffle iron.


Serves as many as you want. Also makes a great late evening snack---especially after going to the movies!

Contest Rules

Contest runs until 6/1/2012. Leave a comment to be entered to win a copy of "How to Cook Gluten-Free." United States entries, please. Thank you! And good luck!


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