2.21.2010

Cookbook Review Part 1: Daisy: Morning, Noon and Night

I recently had the pleasure of reviewing a fabulous new cookbook called Daisy: Morning, Noon and Night. The recipes in Daisy's cookbook are inspired by her extensive travels with family throughout Latin America. During the trips, Daisy kept careful notes on the food she and her family enjoyed most. The recipes are easy to make and easy to follow and are loaded with bright, bold flavors.



I had a hard time choosing which yummy recipe to try first. I finally settled on the Pressed Turkey, Ham and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich with Roasted Red Pepper Spread.

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I love to serve sandwiches like this for any meal. We actually ate this for lunch on Sunday. One of the best parts of this recipe is the Roasted Red Pepper Spread, it brings such a rich, creamy goodness and really sets this sandwich apart from the ordinary.

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I had a hard time capturing a photo that looked as great as it tasted.

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This is definitely a new found favorite and I can't wait to make it again.

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Some other recipes that caught my eye were the Mayan Omelets infused with chaya, Braised Chicken with Coconut Milk and Curry, Pan Seared Red Snapper with Weeknight Salsa, Fava Beans with Serrano Ham and Cream, Twice Fried Plantain Cups, and Puerto Rican Shortbread Cookies... just to name a few.

Pressed Turkey, Ham, and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich with Roasted Pepper Spread
recipe from Daisy: Morning, Noon and Night

For the Spread (Makes 2 Cups)

1 cup whole-milk ricotta
1/2 cup mayonaise
1 red bell pepper, roasted, seeded, and peeled or 1 bottled roasted pepper, well drained

For the Sandwich

4 Croissants, split
4 thin slices deli ham (I used 8 slices, two on each sandwich)
4 thin slices turkey (I used 8 slices, two on each sandwich)
4 thin slices cheddar cheese

Make the spread: Process the ricotta, mayo and bell pepper in a food processor until smooth (I just stirred mine...oops!). Remaining spread can be stored for up to 1 week in the fridge.

Brush one cut side of each croissant generously with spread. Layer slices of ham, turkey and cheese over spread. Top sandwiches with the remaining croissant halves.

Cook the sandwiches in a panini press until the centers are warmed through and the croissants are grill-marked, about 5 minutes. Serve warm.

Keep your eyes out for this wonderful cookbook! It will be arriving in stores March 2, 2010.

Tune in next time for Part 2 of my review. I'm going to bake up a batch of the Puerto Rican Shortbread Cookies. Yum!

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41 comments:

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

I'm sure you hated that it has "Daisy" in the title. ;)

You say you had a hard time getting the photo to look good but I don't know - that looks pretty darn good!

Angie's Recipes said...

Looks very good, hearty and mouthwatering!

Jo said...

This looks and sounds delishious! What a perfect meal for a busy night or a weekend lunch.

Thanks ~
Jo

Joanne said...

I love Daisy Martinez! What a fabulous looking sandwich...that spread looks so creamy and delicious. And who doesn't love a good reason to eat a croissant?

Can't wait to see review part deux!

♥peachkins♥ said...

I love that Roasted pepper spread...

Cathy said...

What a great looking sandwich! I'm a huge fan of my panini press - everything tastes better smooshed and grilled.

TKW said...

Oh my. That looks like a yummy sandwich--nothing like a hot croissant!

Claudia said...

The photo calls me in - so definitely is enticing in spite of your misgivings. I love a warm sandwich on a cold day - and anything that uses a roasted red pepper gets my vote!

Bellini Valli said...

This cookbook sounds like one we need to have in our collections Kim.

Julia said...

My tired olde buttermilk waffles this morning are transforming into stones at the sight of that lovely creation. Me HUNGRY for your sandwich.

Stephanie said...

Oh, that looks fantastic!! I love that it's a croissant panini!! Wanna try!

All Things Yummy said...

That looks so yummy. I'll have to check out her cookbook.

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

Yum, I want to steal half that panini!
Great review, sounds totally yummy!

teresa said...

great review, i'm very tempted to go shopping for this book now!

your blog looks adorable, as always!

Katherine Aucoin said...

Your sammie looos so good and using a croissant really puts itover the top!

Kristin said...

I love me a good breakfast sammie!

The Blonde Duck said...

I haven't had a panini in forever. Yum!

Judy said...

What a great looking sandwich! Great photos too.

Katy ~ said...

Ooooh, that sandwich sounds soooo good!!! Will definitely have to give it a try. Many thanks!

Cinnamon-Girl said...

It looks mouth-watering delicious to me! And that spread does sound really good.

Faith said...

Using croissants for a pressed sandwich is a really fantastic idea! This sandwich looks incredible and so full of flavor!

Chef Aimee said...

Daisy is great, and this sandwich seems so on par with her! Looks awesome!

Kristin said...

That looks super yummy! And, I'm commenting again on the muffins, my friend just brought meyer lemons into work so I'm definitely giving that recipe a whirl this week!

5 Star Foodie said...

What an awesome breakfast sandwich! It sounds especially good with the creamy roasted red pepper spread!

biz319 said...

Holy cow, does that look delicious! I bet the spread just makes it amazing!!

Alicia, The Snowflake said...

Looks & sounds yummy! Can't wait to hear all about the cookies!

Chow and Chatter said...

oh wow what a great sandwich hope you get want you want for your birthday lol

jenjen said...

That spread looks so good! I love sandwiches. I will have to try that!

XOX
Jen

Fresh Local and Best said...

This sounds like a great cookbook. The sandwich looks delicious!

jacqueline said...

I love sandwiches and this is soo much fun to prepare! Thank you so much for the book review and the yummie yummie recipe! Have a lovely merry happy week and love to you!

Krista said...

I can just imagine how wonderful this tastes! Great review. I'll have to check this one out.

Chiara "Kika" Assi said...

any sandwich that is made in a croissant is awesome!

The imPerfect Housewife said...

Well you've got me sold! Great pics by the way ~ I need to go see about that book ~ ♥

Gloria said...

Kim I love cook books, really, and these sandwichs look amazinf and tasty! gloria

Lele said...

Wowwwww that red pepper spread looks amazing!

Natalie Catherine said...

o my! i'm so impressed! this looks delicious!!! i wish i had all of these ingredients in my house right now because i would make one up!! yum!

noble pig said...

I saw this in the Oregonian this morning, lovely choice of recipe.

Danielle said...

oooh my goodness!! seriously great stuff you have there.

Debbie said...

Wow! These look so good. Thanks for the review.

Jamie said...

That sandwich looks too too good! Yum! I say the picture is perfect since it makes that thing look luscious, gooey and droolworthy!

Allyson said...

What a great recipe! I am a madwoman for croissants...at least my jeans tell that story, anyway. I'm very intrigued by her fried plantain cups, too. I LOVE plantains! But VERY hard for me to master, for some reason. Maybe I can use this recipe to convince hubs that we really do need a panini press, not just me pressing the life out of a sandwich with the bottom of a sauce pan.

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