Yesterday we were given our final challenge in the ABC Family Young & Hungry Food Bloggers Challenge. For this challenge we needed to create our go to under $10 meal. Having a large family makes trying to stretch $10 to feed us all pretty hard but I do have a meals that I can make on the cheap. One of my favorite cheap meals to make is Pepperoni Pizza Panini Sticks. The kids love them and I like how inexpensive this meal is and how quick it is to make. It’s perfect for lunch or a quick dinner.
To make these panini sandwiches more kid friendly and easy for little hands to manage i like to cut them up into sticks and serve them with pizza sauce for dipping. For some reason kids always seem to respond well to dippable foods. I think it makes them think they are playing with their food so it automatically makes the meal that much better for them.
I served the Pepperoni Pizza Panini Sticks last night with some rosemary & olive oil kettle cooked chips to pull together the whole Italian vibe. We ate them while watching the premier of the new Young & Hungry show on ABC Family, which I loved by the way!
- 6-8 slices of Pane Italian bread (This is the bread that has a hard crust and soft middle that's loaf is circular in shape.)
- 1/5 lb. sandwich pepperoni, sliced thin
- 1 - 1.5 c. finely shredded mozzarella cheese
- butter, softened
- garlic powder and Italian seasoning to taste
- pizza sauce
- Heat panini press or grill pan.
- Butter one side of each slice of bread and sprinkle with desired amount of garlic powder. Turn the bread over and on one slice sprinkle come cheese to cover the surface. Lay down the pepperoni over the cheese so that the slices overlap. Next, cover the pepperoni with more cheese and sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Top with another slice of the buttered bread. Make sure that the buttered side is facing up.
- Place in panini maker and press to cook. If cooking on stove with grill pan. If you are using a grill pan on the stove: Place the panini down and cover the top of it with a frying pan and top that with a foil wrapped brick. I cook mine for 1-2 minutes on each side over medium heat.
- Using a sharp knife slice into 1-2" wide sticks and serve with warmed pizza sauce for dipping.
In “Young & Hungry,” two worlds collide when Josh (Jonathan Sadowski Sadowski), a wealthy young tech entrepreneur, meets Gabi (Emily Osment), a feisty young food blogger, looking to be his personal chef. Gabi is desperate for the job and must prove herself, mostly to Josh’s aide ( Rex Lee), who prefers a famous chef for the job. When Josh enlists Gabi to prepare a romantic meal for him and his girlfriend, the dinner goes awry and Gabi finds herself in a very awkward position. With the help of her best friend Sofia (Aimee Carrero) and Josh’s housekeeper (Kym Whitley), Gabi turns a difficult situation into an opportunity for employment and maybe even love.
Young & Hungry stars Emily Osment (Hannah Montana), Jonathan Sadowski ($#*! My Dad Says), Rex Lee (“Entourage”), Aimee Carrero (“Blue Lagoon: The Awakening”) and Kym Whitley (“Animal Practice”) with Annie Potts (“GCB,” “Designing Women”) as a recurring guest star. The series is executive produced by Eric Tannenbaum and Kim Tannenbaum (“Two and a Half Men”), CBS Television Studios, Relativity Television, Jessica Rhoades (“Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure”) and Ashley Tisdale (“High School Musical”). The pilot was written by David Holden (“Accidentally on Purpose”). Gabi Moskowitz, a San Francisco based food blogger, of BrokeAssGourmet.com, contributed to the development of this project.
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