Such a yummy and quick meal. Didn't have time to pickle our jalepeno so we just used 1/4-1/2 finely chopped fresh one and it worked great. Spicy and delicious! Can't wait to make again and mix up the veggie choices!
Southwestern Cheese Panini
From EatingWell: July/August 2007
Lots of colorful vegetables and salsa make this cheesy panini prettier than any grilled cheese you've ever seen. The small amount of Cheddar cheese in this sandwich goes a long way because it is shredded and sharp. Serve with a mixed salad and you've got a delightful lunch or light supper. If you happen to have a panini maker, go ahead and skip Step 3 and grill the panini according to the manufacturer's directions.
18 Reviews for Southwestern Cheese Panini
I love this sandwich! Very easy and used ingredients I had in the house. My variation was to use 1 ounce of Chedddar Jack, 2 TBS of hormel bacon bits, and 1/8 of cup of salsa. Grilled it on whole wheat, whole grain bread. My calorie count worked out to be 289 for the sandwich. Will definitely make this again!
I love this fresh tasting sandwich. I use homemade salsa and pickled jalapeño, Cabot 75 percent redused fat cheddar and some Healthy Life bead at only 35 calories per slice. I enjoy two sandwiches for very few calories and a lot of great taste. I grated my zucchini in the small holes of a grater. If you have the time pat dry the zucchini on paper towels but If not, it will not be the end of the sandwich.
For time I purchased some salsa from a local Mexican restaurant. This made all the difference. I didn't even need cheese or Jalepeno as the spiciness from the salsa was terrific and the vegetables and mmmmmm
These fancy paninis have become a staple in our house. We've used summer squash instead of zucchini and added in tomatoes/roasted garlic/avocado, you name it. The combination of salsa, cheddar and veggies is really good and healthy. I would make sure to get a lot of the liquid out of your veggies after grating them, or else your bread will get soggy. So quick and easy! Kids will love them too.
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