Saltimbocca Panini with Fresh Baby Arugula Salad

by Rachael Ray Show Staff 4:00 PM, November 5, 2007

Aired November 5, 2007

Serves 4 servings
1 loaf ciabatta, cut into 4 equal pieces
1/2 pound Fontina cheese, cut into thin slices or shredded
16 slices prosciutto, thinly sliced
8 sage leaves
1 pack baby arugula
Juice of 1 lemon
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)

Preheat a panini press or grill pan over medium heat.

Slice open each piece of ciabatta. Place a couple slices or a small handful of fontina, 4 slices prosciutto and 2 leaves of sage into each sandwich. Place each sandwich into the pan and press with a foil-wrapped garden brick, a pan weighted with cans or a tea kettle filled with water. Brown and crust the sandwiches to melt the cheese, about 2-3 minutes per side.

While the sandwiches are pressing, place arugula in a large salad bowl. Season the salad with the lemon juice, salt, freshly ground black pepper and EVOO, tossing to evenly coat the greens.

Serve the sandwiches with the arugula salad alongside.