Monday, November 24, 2008

Southwestern Cheese Panini

This sandwich is super simple, full of vegetables, spicy, and tasty. We really liked it and we liked the simplicity of it, especially since we used our Griddler. We didn't have salsa but I think it would taste even better with the salsa. We had it with some chipotle fries from Trader Joe's. We definitely will make this again.

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Southwestern Cheese Panini
Eating Well via Joe's Blog

3 ounces shredded sharp white Cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded zucchini
1/4 cup shredded carrot
2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
3 tablespoons salsa
1/2 tablespoon chopped pickled jalapeño pepper
softened butter
4 slices whole-wheat bread

Preheat grill press or panini maker.

In a medium bowl, toss together cheese, zucchini, carrot, onion, salsa and jalapeño. Spread a thin layer of softened butter on one side of each piece of bread. Evenly divide mixture between 2 unbuttered slices of bread - top each with the remaining bread, buttered side up.

Place both sandwiches on the grill press and close the top - cook until the cheese has melted and the bread has toasted, about 2 to 5 minutes depending on your machine. Alternatively, you can prepare this in a skillet heated with a bit of oil - just weigh the assembled sandwiches down with a plate and a couple heavy cans to mimic the "pressed sandwich" effect.

Yield: 2 sandwiches

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