Chicken and Goat Cheese Panini

This healthy Panini recipe is being served to Vancouver Olympic athletes and attendees at the Ontario Pavilion.

Chicken and Goat Cheese Panini

This healthy Panini recipe is being served to Vancouver Olympic athletes and attendees at the Ontario Pavilion.

-Ronnie Campbell

Chicken and goat cheese panini

With over 350,000 spectators from 80 countries attending Vancouver’s Winter Olympics and Paralympics, how do you accomplish feeding such massive numbers?  One way is through generous sponsorships. For example, Woolwich Dairy, a family-owned goat cheese company with facilities in Quebec and Ontario, Canada as well as the U.S., is providing over 330 pounds of fresh unripened goat cheese for a healthy Panini recipe served at the Ontario Pavilion.

Located in downtown Vancouver, the pavilion is 13,000 square feet and situated in a prime location with close proximity to the Athletes Village, British Columbia and Canada Hockey Place.

While cheering on your favorite team with family and friends, join in this special global experience and serve this super simple, tasty Panini treat. Buon appetito!

Makes 2 sandwiches

Ingredients:

1/4 cup Woolwich Dairy Original Chevrai goat cheese, softened  

1/4 cup fresh Ricotta cheese  

1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1 tomato, sliced  

2 focaccia buns, sliced in half

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 cooked or grilled boneless chicken breasts, chopped

1 cup baby spinach leaves  

1/4 cup shavings of Parmesan  

Pinch freshly ground black pepper

Preparation:

1. In a bowl, blend goat cheese with ricotta and Italian seasoning.

2. Place tomato slices on hot grill to slightly char; set aside.  Brush one side of each focaccia slice with olive oil.  Place two focaccia slices oil side down on work surface covered with waxed paper and divide goat cheese mixture, chicken, spinach, tomatoes and Parmesan between each. Sprinkle with pepper and top with remaining focaccia halves, oiled side up, gently pressing to pack.

3. Place sandwiches in grill, close the top plate and cook until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Serve immediately.

Fore more panini recipes, check out our Recipe File.

And for live coverage on the Olympics, check out our Winter Olympics Blog for updates from Vancouver!


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