Peter Griffin’s Car Panini from Family Guy
Peter: Aw, yeah, peanut butter cup, Dorito, sausage, car panini. And let’s crack a Cadbury Egg over the whole thing. Just gonna use my spare glove-compartment-underwear as a napkin.
I can’t believe Randy Quaid gets to eat like this every day.
– Saturated Fat Guy (Family Guy)
Fox Animation | Family Guy Season 15 - Episode 16
Prior to making the Peter Griffin Car Panini, I realize that I didn’t actually own a panini press. Much like when I made Homer’s Patented Space-Age Out of This World Moon Waffles, I was off to the local thrift store to find the cheapest possible appliance I could. Imagine my extreme delight when I discovered the Hello Kitty panini press for only $5!
As far as I could tell, this panini press had never been used – there wasn’t a single scratch on it. I suspect it was maybe purchased as a novelty item? Therefore, I was a little concerned that it wouldn’t actually work. That meant I needed to take it for a test panini, which sadly did not allow me to travel back in time (or travel into a non sequitur aside involving pirates or greased up people). But at least now I knew the Hello Kitty panini press actually worked!
- 2 slices white bread
- 3 hot dogs
- 4 peanut butter cups
- 1 Cadbury egg
Place down two pieces of white bread and stack hot dogs onto one side. Next, stack peanut butter cups on top of the hot dogs, followed by crumbled Doritos. Finish the panini with a cracked Cadbury egg.
Place a second slice of bread on top of everything. Leave sandwich in the panini press for several minutes until bread is browned and the chocolate is melted.
The Car Panini might sound delicious in theory, but in practice it’s mostly just ok. Everything got eaten, but I wouldn’t say it was an enjoyable meal. I think the issue was including both the peanut butter cups and the cream egg, which is a little too much chocolate to compete with the hot dogs and Doritos. I actually got one bite with just hot dogs and Doritos (no chocolate) and that actually tasted pretty good. So there’s a sandwich recipe if you’re looking for an exciting new lunch idea…
Of course, there are a lot more potential recipes to make from this episode. After Peter opens up his food truck he sells:
- Hamburgers where the buns is jelly donuts
- Drinks where hot dog is the straw
- A bowl of cereal that’s M&M’s and Dr.Pepper
- Swedish fish tacos
I’m a little concerned about making these as I might not be able to escape the house after eating them. But perhaps that’s just a risk I should be willing to make?
Cromulence: 6 Bing Cars out of 10
Peter Griffin’s Car Panini from: Family Guy (Season 15 – Episode 16)