p to the seventh panini

The school year has finally come to a close, and I’ve accumulated a lot on the way.

Confession: I lug around a lot.  You can tell by the weight of my backpack as I struggle up the metro escalator (I believe that life’s to short to stand on an escalator).

So I like to hang onto things, and it comes in handy sometimes.   My friends put up with my embarrassingly large bag so they can take advantage of my phone charger.  I’m kind of like Mary Poppins when she pulled a lamp post out of her enormous diaper bag. 

Oh so you need a pencil for your test? I have a pencil case full of mechanical pencils (one of which works).
Just opened your yogurt and need a spoon? I have a set of clean silverware in the front pocket.
Getting a pedicure during your free period? Don’t fear, I have extra flip flops.
Forgot you have to wear shorts in PE today?  I have a razor and travel soap.
That boy from 7th period texted you and batteries at 2%?  I have three iPhone chargers.  Worship me.
See? All my mismatched items come together harmoniously into one, supercharged survival kit.

… kind of like this sandwich (that was not the smoothest transition, but bear with me).  This sandwich has a crazy hodgepodge of things: sweet pears, seedy raspberry jam, an assortment of cheeses, seedy bread, and bacon… lots of bacon.  However, it all comes together harmoniously into one, supercharged sandwich.  It also has an awesomely nerdy name: P to the 7th Panini, because I was procrastinating from my math homework when I invented it.

Pears, prosciutto, preserves, Parmesan, provolone, poppyseed bread, and a panini press.
7 words that all start with P.  Mash-bang them together and you have this beauty of a sandwich. I’m a genius, what can I say. 

With love, 


  • 4 slices poppyseed bread 
  • 4 tablespoons raspberry preserves
  • 2 thinly sliced red pears
  • 6 strips cooked bacon (or other salty meat like speck, prosciutto or even ham)
  • White cheddar
  • Provolone
  • Parmesan
  • 1-2 tablespoons butter
  1. Preheat griddle or panini press to medium-high heat.
  2. Assemble 2 sandwiches in this order: bread, 1½ tbs. preserves, pear, 4 slices bacon, 2 slices cheese, bread.
  3. Spread butter on top and bottom of sandwich, sprinkle with Parmesan, and grill for 4-8 minutes, or until cheese is melted and top is golden brown.
My slices of bacon were pretty small and thin, which is why I used 4 on each sandwich (gulp). I think 2 regular slices per sandwich would be plenty. 

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18 thoughts on “p to the seventh panini

  1. Erika

    P to the 7th panini, you are one impressive sandwich! And Erica, you are hilarious. I was getting totally jealous of your friends while reading your post because hello! Who doesn't need a friend who carries THREE iphone chargers with them? That is serious preparation.

    Funny you should bring up alliteration…last night, I came up with a theme for the night's activities of picking up a giant bed in my friend's disastrously small truck and stopping at a panaderia: Mexican munchies and mattress-moving. Not nearly as impressive as the sandwich title, so I feel lame now. But the Mexican pastries were pure magic so all is well!!

    1. Cannella Vita

      Thank you Erika 🙂 My friends are grateful for my (embarrassing) pack-rat tendencies. Nothing screams "life of the party" like 3 iPhone chargers and some metal spoons. Hahhahaha yum! That sounds like a wonderfully themed night if you ask me! I've never had Mexican pastries before… So not lame! <3

  2. Jiajia

    Just stumbled upon your blog and all your posts are gorgeously done (both your writing and your photos). This sandwich looks great, and keep up the amazing work!

  3. The Cooking Actress

    congrats on getting through the school year!! I was always a bit of a pack rat too, I have to consciously fight the instinct to keep all things lol.

    These paninis look soooo yummyyyy right now

    1. Cannella Vita

      Thank you! Sadly, it's not *totally* over yet, I should be studying for my Chinese final now :/ but prom's on Thursday and then I'm officially done!

  4. Rachel @ Bakerita

    Oh my, this sandwich looks so so delicious, and I totally love the name! So cute 🙂

  5. Autism United

    My family calls my purse my bag of tricks, you need it I got it somewhere in my king sized purse.
    Awesome looking sandwich, love all the p's well I guess other than the pacon (bacon).

  6. ANNE

    Oh my, this looks really delicious! Pears and prosciutto work great together! 🙂

    // Anne – etnipsalt.blogspot.dk

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