Cheddar, Roasted Tomatoes and Meat Option Panini Recipe

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Needing some comfort food or just looking for a meal that will fill you up but not make you feel guilty about eating it after?  Try this panini recipe that is full of hearty and filling ingredients but nothing too much that will make you purchase a subscription to a men’s or women’s fitness magazine after because you feel putrid.

Plus, we even give you an option to go super-hearty by adding meat!

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this awesome panini recipe:

  • 4 smallish tomatoes
  • Clove of garlic (gaaaahlic if you’re from Massachusetts)
  • Couple of tablespoons of chopped parsley (paaaahsley)
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • A tablespoon of cayenne pepper (peppa’…ok, you got the picture)
  • Tablespoon of salt. (If you wanna’ be pretentious you can use sea salt)
  • Tablespoon of black pepper
  • 4 slices of crusty bread.  I like Italian…  Anything crusty is good, though.
  • 4 slices of sharp cheddar (shaaahp chedda’…lol..sorry, I can’t stop.)
  • About 4 basil leaves.  (Yes, you can sub in some sprinkled dry basil…but only if you’re not cool)
  • A slice of butter.

Technique and Bringing it Together

  1. Roast the tomatoes in the oven.  Then blanch them and peel off the skins. Cut them in halves, place in a shallow pan/oven-safe dish.
  2. Coat tomatoes with your garlic, parsley, salt, cayenne, black pepper, and then drizzle (or spritz…if you’re pretentious) with olive oil.  Season them all the same and evenly.
  3. Oven them up at bake on 400 degrees for about 30 minutes.  Rotate pan once if you’d like. Or until the tomatoes are mushy but don’t burn them poor things!
  4. Put together two (2) sandwiches.  Bread, cheese, tomatoes, sprinkle basil, bread.
  5. Heat your panini maker and (if needed) coat with butter, olive oil or a spray.  If you have a non-stick panini maker then you don’t really need this step but it does add some taste if you’re using butter or the EVOO.

That’s it.  No need to flip of worry.  Wait until the sandwiches are hot, compressed and marked with the panin grill marks and at your gooey liking.

Hearty Option:  Add meat!  Black Forrest sliced ham, roasted turkey, even salami makes a great addition!

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