Name of Chef: Kathy Strahs

Age: 38

Family Members: Husband, Michael and two fun little kids ages 5 and 3

Community: Torrey Hills

Hobbies/Interests: Cooking, baking, dining out, movies and genealogy.

Favorite Local Activity: Flying kites with my family at our local parks and seeing movies at Cinépolis.

About the Recipe: This is one of the most popular recipes on my blog, PaniniHappy.com. Everyone loves rich, chocolaty Nutella and it’s a great time of year to enjoy it with fresh local strawberries.92130JuneJuly_Recipe_StrawberryBananaNutellaPanini_chefphoto

About the Chef: I use my panini press to make almost anything. I started my recipe blog, PaniniHappy.com, more than five years ago after receiving a panini press as a holiday gift. Since then, I have grilled and shared hundreds of sandwiches with my readers, as well as many surprising uses for the press, such as ice cream cones, quesadillas, grilled vegetable salads, steaks and more. My first cookbook, The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook, will be published by The Harvard Common Press in September 2013.

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4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, at room temperature
8 slices rustic whole-grain bread, sliced from a dense bakery loaf
3/4 cup Nutella chocolate hazelnut spread
4-6 strawberries, sliced
1 banana, sliced

Directions:

1. Heat the panini press to medium-high heat.*
2. For each sandwich: Spread butter on two slices of bread to flavor the outside of the sandwich. Flip over both slices and spread some Nutella on the other side of each. Top one slice with a single layer of strawberries and bananas. Close the sandwich with the other slice of bread, buttered side up.
3. Grill two paninis at a time, with the lid closed, until they are heated through and the bread is toasted. (About 3 to 4 minutes.)

*Alternatively, you can grill these sandwiches in a regular skillet or grill pan over medium-high heat, flipping to toast both sides.

Number of servings: 4 paninis
Time frame: 18 minutes

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