Sandwiches are getting sassy. Now not only can you get cheese in your sandwich, you also get it in your bread. Romaine lettuce is passe– now it’s arugula and field greens. Cashew butter replaces peanut butter. Hummus is the new mayo.
Grilled Turkey and Cheddar Naan Panini with Mango Chutney
Now, I’m all in favor of a classic Reuben or PB&J. But I’m totally on board for the dawn of the funky sandwich. And I have one that will knock your socks off. You’ll read it and think “why didn’t I think of that??” It’s ok, I didn’t think of it either– the fine folks at Fine Cooking developed the idea, and I replicated in my kitchen. It uses… naan bread.
I know! Naan bread has a lovely, chewy quality that makes it the quintessential pressed sandwich bread. It’s usually brushed with olive oil already, so it comes out nice and crispy on the outside.
And while we’re on the subject of naan bread, I need to ask a question of my Indian readership: is it totally unacceptable that I use ripped up pieces of naan to mop up the gobs of rogan josh sauce on my plate? I’ve never been kicked out before, but I’m just checking. Can’t be gauche.
Now, back to le sandwich. As awesome as the naan bread is, it envelopes a delightful combination of ingredients: cheddar, cilantro, turkey, and mango chutney. The spiced chutney kind of brings an Indian/British theme to go along with the naan. I’m very type A– I love continuity of a theme.
And now for my second question. The recipe calls for Major Grey’s mango chutney, which I used. This time. Naturally, as a Food Hound, I want to make my own, so if anyone has any mango chutney recipes, please send them my way. Merci.
So if you’re in the mood for something awesome, this sandwich fits the bill. It’s easiest to use a panini press, but you can otherwise use a regular frying pan with another heavy pan on top of the sandwich to help smush the ingredients. (And for the record, I am using the pre-Jersey-shore definition of “smush.” If you don’t know what I’m talking about, then you need to pat yourself on the back because it means you have been strong enough to close your mind to the Jersey Shore epidemic. I have not been so lucky. Fist pump.)
You can find naan bread pretty regularly in the grocery store now or, my preferred method, you can go out to your favorite Indian place, get one order to mop up your rogan josh and another order to take home to make these sandwiches. Then make some mango chutney and send me the recipe 🙂 Merry sandwiching!
Grilled Turkey and Cheddar on Naan with Mango Chutney
Adapted from Fine Cooking
2 c grated sharp cheddar cheese
1/4 finely chopped cilantro
1/2 c mango chutney (Major Grey’s brand works well)
4 naan breads
12 oz sliced turkey breast
1 T unsalted butter, melted
1/8 tsp ground cumin
Heat panini press (or nonstick pan) to medium-high heat. While press is heating, combine cheese and cilantro in a bowl. Spread the chutney on one half of each of the naan breads. Top with turkey, then spread cheese-cilantro mixture over the turkey. Fold the naan in half to cover the filling. Combine the butter and cumin and brush on each side of the sandwiches.
Put the sandwiches on the press, close the lid, and cook until browned and crisp, about 3-4 minutes. Carefully remove from press, and serve.