Unfortunately, when people retire and are no longer in the limelight, they fade from our thoughts. This morning I got a dose of that reality. Waking up to the death of Pat Summitt; hurt my heart. What that woman did for females and sports is unparalleled. When you think of title IX; you think of her. When you think of excellence and expectations; you think of her. When you think of the winningest coach in Division 1 history (male or female); you think of her. She seemed very hard and demanding on the sidelines; as any good coach should be. But after watching a 30 for 30 a few years ago, it shed an amazing light on how warm and nurturing she was. The affection she shared with her athletes and her son was beautiful. Allowing us to see a side that we never saw on game day. It’s deeply saddening considering she was rather young and had to end her career way to soon due to the complications of Alzheimer. This weekend I will dedicate my show to her and her favorite recipe as well as her top selling books. Today’s recipe is my Coaches Panini with chipotle honey mayonnaise and sweet potato fries.
2 French baguettes
1 pound smoked turkey
1 pound smoked ham
1 pound pepper jack cheese
1 pound hickory smoked bacon
1 cup mayonnaise
2 chipotle peppers with 2 tbsps. of adobo sauce
2 tbsps. of honey
The fries are a slight cheat… 🙂
1 bag frozen sweet potato fries
1 tbsps. cumin
1 tbsps. garlic salt
1 tbsps. paprika
1. If you have a Panini maker, pre-heat to correct setting. I use my stove top grill pan. Heat to medium and brush with butter or oil.
2. For mayonnaise, combine mayo, honey, and peppers with adobo sauce in food processor. Blend until peppers are fully integrated in the mixture.
3. Prepare sandwich. Slice baguette brush with mayonnaise, layer with turkey, ham, bacon, and cheese. Because I use my grill top, I cut the baguette into 4 pieces and place on grill top. I cover the pieces foil and then top with a cast iron skillet or any other heavy pan. Grill for 1 to 2 minutes per side.
1. Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees
2. Mix cumin, garlic salt, and paprika in small dish
3. Place sweet potato fries in Ziploc bag, drizzle olive oil over fries, and add mixture. Secure bag and toss around until all fries are coated.
4. Spread on a baking sheet. Bake for 16-20 minutes or until crisp….
Both the sandwich and fries are served with the Chipotle-Honey Mayonnaise