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the best laid plans

happy hour

On Wednesday night, Peggy, Anne, and I made a 6 PM date for an impromptu happy hour at my house.

I had planned to go to Trader Joe’s and pick up some nibbles and wine, but the day slipped away from me (hijacked actually) when something unexpected came up.

Sometimes, a girl’s gotta do what a girl has gotta do … with what she has on hand.

I raced through the door at 5:15; pulled a loaf of bread and a package of prosciutto from the freezer, chilled a couple of bottles of wine I had on hand, jumped in the shower, then threw together this quick appetizer… all before Anne rang the bell at 6:00.

3 ingredients

Victory is Mine!


Pesto Prosciutto Panini

1 loaf French bread
1 cup purchased or homemade pesto
1 package (about 12 slices) of prosciutto

Heat a panini press or grill pan.

Thinly slice the bread into at least 24 slices. Spread the pesto on one side of each slice.

spread and top

Place a piece of prosciutto on top of the pesto on one slice of bread. Top with another slice of bread, pesto side down to make a sandwich.

heat pan

Continue until you have assembled 12 sandwiches. May be made 30 minutes ahead, wrap in plastic and leave at room temperature until ready to cook.


Cook sandwiches, in batches, on the preheated press or pan.

pesto prosciutto panini

Cut on the diagonal and enjoy with your happy friends and a bottle of wine.

proscuitto pesto panini

Makes 12 sandwiches

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1 Ruth { 06.28.13 at 8:10 AM }

You mean nibbles don’t you? :). Unless it is a very happy hour!

2 Ruth { 06.28.13 at 8:11 AM }

Ok…so your blog says nibbles but the email version said nipples! 🙂

3 Linda Hopkins { 06.28.13 at 8:19 AM }

Arrgg! Ruth, I forgot about the email version! It’s crazy how many times I proof read these things and miss something so so wrong! AFTER it posted, I went to look at it online and I could not believe my eyes, what the heck!?! Oh well, if that’s the only mistake I make today, I’ll have it made. Have a great weekend… and yes, it was a very fun Happy Hour, how could it not be with Peggy and Anne! xoxo

4 Marissa { 06.28.13 at 11:16 AM }

I wish we had room in our cupboards for a panini pan! Someday…

5 Lori Vento { 06.28.13 at 1:09 PM }

Ok-whew!! I’m glad your friend Ruth noticed and you clarified. Thought I was way behind the times when I read nipples and wine. I know you are a creative, innovator but thought that concept was a stretch even for your skills. You never fail to make me smile even when you don’t mean to. Oxoxox

6 Linda Hopkins { 06.28.13 at 1:38 PM }

Oh Lori, you wouldn’t believe the panic attack I had when I read that! I quickly went into the blog page to fix it and… my internet was down! WHAT?!?!? I bolted up the stairs to reboot the router, having heart palpitations all the while. Too funny. At the same time, a thought and image were passing through my brain… while Marissa was studying abroad in Paris, she and her friends went to a bar where they served cocktails in little baby bottles, nipple and all… I figured I could just post a picture of that and say that’s what I was hoping to find at TJ’s! I may have to pull that picture up and use it as my lame brained excuse! Miss you so much! It’s supposed to get up to 119 in Phx today, aren’t you happy you’re far from here!?! xoxox

7 Dagmar { 06.28.13 at 6:10 PM }

No lame brained excuse…we, meaning you and me, have dyslexia, remember?…so nibble, nipple in some weird way to us looks the same in our mind! I could easily have read nipple as nibble and I wouldn’t have even noticed. lol

8 Linda Hopkins { 06.28.13 at 10:22 PM }

Thank you, Dagmar – you are my kindred spirit! xoox

9 Dagmar { 06.29.13 at 12:31 PM }


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