Pesto Broccolini Panini

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When I was in college, I discovered a love for broccoli sandwiches.  Surprisingly the cafeteria at my college was quite good and offered the most delicious focaccia broccoli sandwich.  I remember the weekend when I attempted to make a broccoli sandwich for my brother.  He thought it was a strange, but lucky for me, was willing to try it anyway.   If I remember correctly, he really enjoyed the sandwich even if it was unconventional.

Today we are going to build a Pesto Broccolini Panini together.  To start, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Broccolini
  • Roasted red pepper
  • Feta
  • Sliced Almonds
  • Pesto (check out my vegan recipe here)
  • Rye Bread

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Cover two slices of rye bread with pesto.  Don’t be afraid to thoroughly cover the bread.  There is nothing worse than a dry panini!  Next, add some steamed broccolini.  I only steamed the broccolini for 3 minutes so it would remain crisp and fresh.

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Follow the broccolini with roasted red pepper.  Be sure to cover the entire slice of bread.

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Next comes the feta! Don’t be afraid to pile it high.  You could substitute the feta with goat cheese if you prefer.   Feta and goat cheese tend to be great substitutes for one another.

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Lastly, add the sliced almonds.  The almonds give the panini a bit of protein.  It also adds a nice crunch!

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Over medium heat cook the panini on a griddle until the inside is warm and gooey and the bread gets crispy with grill lines (about 5 minutes on each side).

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Now start eating! Nom Nom Nom!

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If you aren’t a big fan of broccoli, you could easily make this panini with asparagus, which would also pair beautifully with the other ingredients.

What is your favorite unconventional recipe/food?

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