There are different types of Panini's, and this one happens to be made with a baguette vs. sandwich bread. So, because the bread is crustier and more round, it's not conducive to use a Panini press. In this case, I just lightly buttered the inside and grilled it flat-side down. This is also a way for me to use some of the Arugula pesto I froze last month! This is such a hearty and filling sandwich. It's served hot, and when you bite into it, you get a mouthful of that juicy, tender, and aromatic pork, with the smooth melted gouda, balanced in textures with fresh and crispy leaf lettuce, and the nutty and zingy flavors of the arugula pesto mayo- just wraps it all up in flavors!! Good stuff, and very filling! A great sandwich to split with someone as well. ***As with salads, you can make your sandwich to your own specifications, but I will tell you the ingredients I used, along with the method!
Hard Cider Pork (sliced thin or medium thickness w/ reserved onions & au jus)
sliced gouda cheese
leaf lettuce (rinsed and dried)
Arugula Pesto or you can use any pesto you like!
Grill pan or flat griddle
Toaster oven, broiler, or a 400F preheated oven
1) **If you wanted to serve your sandwich with additional au jus, take some of the leftover liquid from the roast, and heat on the stove or microwave until it temps. at 165F. Take your baguette, and split in half. Spread a thin layer of butter on both halves of the inside. On a medium heated grill pan, lay the butter side down, press, and grill or toast until golden. Cool to touch.
2) Before assembling sandwich, mix up the pesto mayo. Simply take a Tablespoon of the pesto, and mix it with about 2 T. of mayo. Set aside.
3) Flip the bread over when still warm, (but not too hot), and layer the sliced pork on bottom half of bread. If you had any leftover onions with the pork, place some of those on top. (Onion is optional!) Drizzle just a little of the hard cider liquid with the pork over the meat, (so it doesn't dry out when heating!) Then, layer the gouda over that.
On a foil lined sheet pan, (or directly on rack in toaster oven), place your sandwich in the oven/broiler for just a couple minutes to melt the cheese.
4) Pull sandwich out of the oven. Spread the pesto mayo on the other half of the sandwich- directly on bread. Place your leaf lettuce on top, and close the sandwich, cut in half, and serve immediately!! You can serve with a cup of hot soup, fresh garden salad or slaw, fresh fruit, or chips.