Grilled vegetables, pesto and cheese are pressed into a mouthwatering vegetarian Italian Panini recipe, made in only 20 minutes!
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Now about those recipes, let’s talk about this new one! It’s a Vegetarian Italian Panini Sandwich that is perfect for Meatless Monday. It’s filled with grilled veggies, two kinds of cheese and quite possibly the most delicious pesto ever!
After making this Pistachio Kale Pesto with coconut oil for these Mini Gluten Free Pesto, Chicken and Vegetable Bites, I knew I had found pesto gold! The coconut oil gives it a hint of sweetness and a totally different flavor (in an absolutely amazing way!) than any other pesto I’d ever had!
I knew I had to find other recipes to incorporate it into, so first up is this Italian Panini Recipe!
- ½ eggplant (sliced)
- 2 portobello mushrooms (de-steemed & cleaned)
- ½ loaf ciabatta bread
- 4 oz goat cheese
- ¼ cup pistachio kale pesto (or basil, spinach or sage pesto)
- 1 cup pistachios
- 2 cups chopped kale
- 3 cloves garlic
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ cup coconut oil (melted)
- 4 large basil leaves
- 4 oz fresh mozzarella (sliced)
- 4 slices roasted red pepper
Heat a grill, or grill pan, over medium heat. (I used an indoor T-fal OptiGrill to grill both the veggies and the panini. Side note: This grill is one of my absolute favorite kitchen tools!)
Grill the eggplant and portobello mushrooms.
Assemble the sandwich by slicing the ciabatta bread in half and through the middle.
Spread the goat cheese on two slices of bread and the pesto* on the other two slices of bread.
*If preparing the pistachio kale pesto for the panini sandwiches, combine the pistachios, kale, garlic and salt in a food processor. Slowly pour in the coconut oil and blend until combined.
Place the basil leaves on the goat cheese and the grilled eggplant on the pesto.
Slice the portobello mushrooms in half and place on top of the basil.
Place the roasted red peppers on the grilled eggplant.
Place the sliced mozzarella over the roasted red peppers.
Sandwich the two sides together and grill in a panini press or an indoor grill, like the T-fal OptiGrill.
Now it’s time to dig into the best dang vegetarian panini sandwich you’ve ever had!
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