Michael Chiarello Panini Recipes

Dinnertime Crunch: Michael Chiarello's Back-to-School Paninis

Dinnertime Crunch: Michael Chiarello's Back-to-School Paninis

Our tasty and easy Dinnertime Crunch series continues with celebrity chefs and restaurateurs sharing their favorite 30-minute weeknight dinners that help Mom and Dad spend more time with the kids each night. Today's recipes come from Michael Chiarello, chef and owner of Napa's critically acclaimed restaurant Bottega.

Sandwiches aren't just for lunchtime anymore! When heated and pressed into panini form, the ordinary sandwich transforms into a warm meal that is perfect for dinner. Michael Chiarello, the award-winning chef behind Napa Valley's Bottega and the founder of the NapaStyle lifestyle brand, says the warm sandwiches were a favorite of his daughters. The father of four tells us that paninis make great back-to-school dishes that are not only family favorites, but meals that the kids can help make too! Keep reading for two of his family's favorites!

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