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Sweet and Savory Turkey Panini

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 45 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 30 min
  • Yield: 6 to 8 servings
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Canola oil, to fry

1 pound thick cut bacon, slices cut in 1/2

1/3 cup maple syrup

1 cup all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon cayenne

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 cups thinly sliced shallots

1 cup mayonnaise

4 chipotle peppers, chopped

1 tablespoon adobo sauce

1 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro leaves

1/2 lemon, juiced

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 roasted skin-on turkey breast, store-bought

6 thick slices marble rye bread

8 to 12 slices smoked Cheddar

Melted butter, to cook sandwiches


  1. Fill a pot with 2-inches of canola oil and heat it to 375 degrees F. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Arrange the bacon on a sheet tray with a rack. Brush the bacon with even amounts of maple syrup. Bake until crisp, about 18 to 22 minutes. Remove the bacon from the oven to a paper towel lined platter. Set aside.
  3. Combine the flour, cayenne, and salt and pepper, to taste, in a medium-sized bowl. Add the sliced shallots and toss the shallots in the flour to coat evenly. Shake off excess flour. Working in 2 batches, fry the shallots until crisp, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove them to a paper towel lined platter and sprinkle with salt. Set aside.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, chipotles, adobo sauce, cilantro, lemon and garlic until well combined. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.
  5. Slice the turkey breast into 1/4-inch slices. Lay the bread out on a large cutting board. Spread chipotle mayonnaise on each slice of bread. Top each slice of bread with a slice of smoked Cheddar and a couple slices of bacon. Sprinkle some crispy shallots on 3 slices of bread. Put a few slices of turkey on top of the onions. Sprinkle some additional shallots on the turkey. Form 3 sandwiches and spread each sandwich with a little melted butter. Put the sandwiches in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook, pressing down the sandwich with a spatula, for 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Remove the sandwiches from the pan and serve.

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