I heart predictable things.
My panini maker is more than predictable.
There’s usually a 100% chance that whatever comes off of that thing is going to be goldenbutterycrispy goodness. And this red pepper goat cheese panini is no exception.
On one slice of bread, creamy, crumbly goat cheese. I can’t get enough. And if you don’t love goat cheese, first of all, who are you? And second of all, there are millions(?) of other very delicious cheeses in the world that would work, so just get creative.
On the other slice of bread, salty, chunky kalamata olive tapenade. Totally did not make that. But I love having a jar of it in my fridge.
And on top of that, we have my favorite part of this panini: red peppers. Mine were actually grilled right on the panini press! And they got nice and soft and a little charred on the outside. Sweetness.
Toss in a handful of fresh spinach for something green, pop that thing on the panini press, gawk at its goldenbutterycrispy crust, and devour your beautiful Mediterranean sandwich.
Red Pepper and Goat Cheese Panini, serves 2
- 4 thick slices sourdough bread
- 1 red bell pepper (or jarred roasted red peppers)
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1/2 cup olive tapenade (jarred, found with the olives at the grocery store)
- 1/2 cup goat cheese
- handful fresh spinach
- If using fresh peppers, cut the bell peppers in half, and then cut each half into thirds (cutting the long way). Toss them with olive oil, salt and pepper, and grill them in a skillet or on the griddle, high heat, until soft and slightly charred.
- (Optional: spread the outsides of the bread with butter.) Spread two slices of bread with olive tapenade (3-4 tablespoons each) and two slices of bread with goat cheese (3-4 tablespoons each). Top the tapenade pieces with the roasted peppers and a handful of spinach. Place the goat cheese slices on top.
- Grill on a panini press, high heat, for about 10 minutes, checking periodically to make sure it doesn’t burn. You can also grill in a skillet or on a griddle. Flatten the sandwiches with a heavy frying pan while in the skillet to get the panini effect.
In other news, I’m mourning the end of summer.
To ease my sorrows, I’m building a very last minute summer bucket list including a drive-in movie and ice cream at Lake Calhoun. I have 7 days left. Help?