Perfectly Pressed Panini
A sandwich should have some element of Wow. Whether it is fresh baked bread ((won’t find that here)), a roasted vegetable, Panko fried eggplant ((mhmmm)), perfectly seasoned and roasted meat, or an over-the-top sauce or shmear. Like a salad, I love different tastes and textures in my sandwich, usually something that needs to be eaten with a fork by the end of it because it has fallen apart.
I have posted before, but Sandwich Nights make for the easiest dinner. This week I went with Roast Beef Panini with fresh Horseradish & Garlic Aioli. I sautéed mushrooms with freshly grated horseradish and garlic as well, chefs kiss!
The best panini bread I have found is the Naan from #Aldi , I prefer the roasted garlic, because garlic is everything – I use probably two heads a day while cooking. I spend most my prep time peeling garlic, seriously.
Garlic Aioli Ingredients:
1 Tbl light oil
4-8 cloves of garlic finely minced
½“ Nub of horseradish finely grated
1 tsp Dried or 1 Tbl fresh Parsley
½ C Mayo
Add oil to small sauté pan
When hot, add garlic and grated horseradish
Sauté until fragrant , the garlic and horseradish should be soft
Sprinkle in fresh or dried parsley
Cool before adding to mayo
Mix with mayo and transfer to fridge
Garlicky Mushrooms Ingredients:
1 Tbl light oil
4-6 cloves of garlic minced
½” Nub of horseradish finely grated
8-10 oz white or baby bella mushrooms thinly sliced
Salt & Fresh ground Pepper
Sauté garlic and horseradish in oil until translucent
Add mushrooms, sauté
Once cooked, season with salt and pepper
2 slices of garlic Naan (For three paninis I use two pieces of Naan)
Thinly slice roast beef
Raw red onions
Shredded Romaine lettuce or Spinach leaves
Cooled Horseradish-garlic Aioli
Butter for grilling
Either using a panini press or grilling on a cast iron, build your sandwich
Cheese on both sides, fresh onion, mushrooms and roast beef
Add butter to the pan or press
Grill until melty! Be careful not to burn if using a cast iron ((This may have happened to us and I had to eat my Sammy open faced because I scorched half the panini!))
Once your Panini is perfectly pressed ((say that ten times fast!!)) Remove from press, Open and add your Aioli & greens, squish together and Enjoy!!
What is your favorite sandwich?!