Thursday, August 13, 2020

Panini Burger from Essie Lang, author


Another day in my desire to break away from salads for lunch and try something a bit different! I decided to do a grilled cheese sandwich, panini style. And then I started wondering what I had in the fridge that I could add to it.

Lettuce, tomato, mushrooms. Green relish, aioli, prosciutto. Looked like the start of a burger to me. So, I decided to combine all this with my basic cheese sandwich, and added some capers for a touch of saltiness. 

On burger day, I always saute the sliced mushrooms in extra virgin olive oil, so that's what I did. All the other ingredients went in as is. The bread I used was my current favorite, a seed and grain gluten-free choice from a place called the Little Northern Bakeshop which is in Abbotsford, B.C. That's the other side of the country but I'm so pleased they ship to my city.

The entire process took about fifteen minutes max, short time-wise, which is how I like my lunches. And I've got to say, it was long on flavor. I will definitely whip up my pannini burger again.

Here's what I used:

1 leaf Boston lettuce

2 large mushrooms, sliced

1 slice smoked Gouda cheese

1 slice tomato

1 slice prosciutto

 1/2 tsp. capers

2 slices bread



What to do:

1. Preheat panini or similar grill.

2. Add some olive oil to a small saute plan and heat it, then add sliced mushrooms for a slow saute.

3.  While waiting for the mushrooms, spread aioli and green relish on each slice of bread. Start stacking on lettuce, tomato, cheese slice, and prosciutto.

4. Add mushrooms when they're done.  Season with pepper and salt to taste. Top with capers and slice of bread.

5. Place in panini grill or similar for 4 minutes on low heat.




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  1. This looks tasty.
    But why do you call it a "burger"?

  2. Yum, meaty mushrooms and cheese...sounds Gouda to me! ;)