Thursday, March 1, 2012

mushroom & manchego paninis

i love veggies.
so once or twice a week i usually try to make
an entire meal based around a vegetable.
i usually do this at lunch because no one else
seems to like this approach to meals. ha!

this week i thought i would test out this super
mushroomy panini delight from cooking light.
(yes, i just got the march issue, so i am making every single thing i see)

i had never heard of 'manchego' cheese
but let me just tell you, mushrooms & manchego go together like:
peanut butter & jelly
coffee & mornings
vodka & soda

you get the idea.
it is seriously meant to be.

1 teaspoon unsalted butter
1/4 cup minced shallots
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 (4-ounce) packages presliced exotic mushroom blend (such as shiitake, cremini, and oyster)
1 (8-ounce) package presliced cremini mushrooms
(i just bought a variety of what i could find!)
1 1/2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
8 (1 1/2-ounce) slices sourdough bread
(i used whole wheat)
3 ounces shaved Manchego cheese
1 extra garlic clove (optional)


1. melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat;
add shallots and next 6 ingredients (through cremini mushrooms).
cook 10 minutes or until mushrooms are tender and liquid almost evaporates, stirring frequently.
add vinegar; cook 30 seconds or until liquid almost evaporates.

2. divide the mushroom mixture evenly among four bread slices.
top evenly with manchego cheese and remaining bread slices

3. heat a large grill pan over medium-high heat.
toast sandwiches to your heart's desire, adding some butter, etc.
optional: rub the top and bottom of each sandwich with cut side of garlic clove.

okay, i thought these were AMAZING,
and they took me 20 minutes.
BUT, you have to super love mushrooms.
like, a lot.

enjoy :)


  1. Hey Christine! Not sure if you remember me from SPU but I think we had some classes together! I stumbled across your blog from Pinterest. These paninis look awesome and I love mushrooms! Love the blog!

    Esther Sam

    1. esther! of course i do!! :) how are you?? i hope you're well! thanks for the kind words!

  2. I am doing good. Got married, have a dog and living in Redmond now :) Hope things are well with you!?


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