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Pastrami Paninis, Parmesan Smashed Potatoes and Coco Loco Brownies

My mom brought me a wonderful surpriseyesterday. She had taught a panini class and had an extra panini maker so she gave me hers! I was so excited that I immediately went out and bought some ingredients to try it out!

I found a Smashed Potato recipe on 101cooks.com which I changed a little bit. It is very similar to the “Crashed Potato” recipe that is on the Pioneer Woman’s blog, but has shredded Parmesan cheese and also rosemary. Here’s the recipe: one small bag of red potatoes salt and pepper rosemary 2 Tablespoons olive oil 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese Put potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Leave skins on. Bring water to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and cook at a low boil until they are tender enough to slide a knife in easily. It is important not to over-boil them. Ten minutes is usually long enough. Drain the potatoes. Set oven to 450-degrees. Grease a large baking dish. Put the potatoes on the baking dish. Smash each potato using the bottom of a drinking glass. Each potato will expand to approximately twice it’s size. Drizzle potatoes with the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and rosemary. Then sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the top of the potatoes. Bake for between 15-20 minutes — until the potatoes and cheese are brown. Serve.

On the paninis we layered pastrami, thinly sliced red onions, pesto, and Havarti cheese. At the store I had bought some spinach–artichoke–Parmesan dip and I decided to put a little of that on the sandwiches too. Mmmm, delicious!

(we also made turkey paninis, for those of us who don’t like Pastrami)

I decided to try the Everyday with Rachael Ray Coco Loco Brownies. They were surprisingly easy to make and oh so gooey and chocolaty. Yummmm. Plus I love coconut. My kids don’t but they gobbled them up anyway! Here’s the link to the recipe: http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipes/dessert-recipes/coco-loco-brownies/article.html