Grilled Summer Vegetable Panini

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Yield: 5 to 6 panini

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When summer's fresh vegetables are at their peak, fire up your grill and make the filling for this tasty panini.

Grilled Summer Vegetable Panini

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Yield: 5 to 6 panini
Published: 01/01/2010

Ingredients

  • 2 large or 3 medium Portobello mushroom caps
  • 2 large or 3 medium red or green bell peppers, or a mixture
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 16 pitted Kalamata olives (or the olives of your choice), coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons drained capers
  • baby spinach leaves or the greens of your choice
  • 1/2 cup goat cheese
  • 8 to 10 slices of your favorite sturdy sandwich bread; we recommend our Rustic Sourdough

Tips from our bakers

  • Grilled sandwiches are a good choice for traveling; enjoy them on picnics, road trips, or a hike. For best results, use a cheese that hardens as it cools (e.g., cheddar, mozzarella, etc.). The cooled cheese will keep the sandwiches from falling apart as you travel. And what about serving them warm? We find simply taking grilled sandwiches out of the cooler an hour or so before serving warms them up sufficiently; grilled sandwiches served at room temperature, especially when everyone's hungry from swimming or a hike, are very satisfying.

Directions

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1) Wash the mushrooms; there's no need to scrape out the gills. Wash the peppers; leave them whole.

2) Brush or spray the vegetables with oil, and grill or broil till the mushrooms have softened and darkened a bit, and the peppers are nicely charred all over. Remove from the grill or oven. Set the mushrooms aside; place the peppers in a bowl, and cover with plastic wrap.

3) After 15 minutes, or as soon as the peppers are cool enough to handle, remove the stem and seeds, and peel away the charred skin. It should come off fairly easily, in large pieces. If it doesn't don't fuss; just get off as much skin as you can.

4) Dice the mushrooms and peppers into 1/2" to 1" strips or squares; a pair of scissors does a nice job here. Place the vegetables in a bowl.

5) Stir in the garlic, olives, and capers, plus salt to taste; the capers may make the mixture salty enough for you.

6) Spray or brush one side of each slice of bread with olive oil. Place the slices, oiled-sides down, on a clean work surface or piece of parchment (for easiest cleanup).

7) Spread the bare side of each piece of bread with a thin layer of goat cheese.

8) Divide the filling among the sandwiches, spreading it atop the cheese on half the pieces of bread.

9) Top the filling with the greens of your choice; a bit of soft romaine, baby spinach leaves, arugula, etc. Place the remaining pieces of bread, cheese-side down, atop the greens. You'll now have sandwiches that are brushed with olive oil, top and bottom.

10) Cook the sandwiches in a panini grill until they're browned and the filling is heated through. Alternatively, fry them as you would grilled cheese sandwiches. Or grill them on your outdoor grill.

11) Cut in half, and serve warm.

Yield: 4 or 5 sandwiches.

Reviews

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  • star rating 07/15/2011
  • Since 8 from KAF Community
  • I've been making grilled veggie sandwiches for some time. I'm not a fan of the goat cheese, however. I'll use any hearty bread and any veggies I have on hand - eggplant, summer squash, mushrooms, onions, peppers. I like a good melting cheese like Gruyere, and flavored oils are great, too. Had them for dinner earlier this week with vegetarian chili and my carnivore husband didn't even notice the lack of meat thanks to the mushroom caps!
  • star rating 07/15/2011
  • lyndacarver from KAF Community
  • Here is a suggestion to make it even better. Sprinkle some freshly grated parmesan cheese onto the outside of the bread that you have already brushed with olive oil, then assemble the sandwich and grill. It really gives some extra flavor and parmesan crispyness to the outside of the bread. YUM!
  • star rating 07/13/2011
  • twrlgrl608 from KAF Community
  • This recipe was fantastic. As a vegetarian, I can definitely say that it is definitely worth trying! I also grilled some zucchini and added it to the sandwich too, on pita bread instead of sandwich bread. Next time, I'll definitely try the panini bread!
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