Vegetarian Panini

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Hi Everyone! Today's recipe is another vegetarian dish! I really hope you like it, this one is definitely in a league of its own, will definitely beat any vegetarian dish  and will easily compete with a delicious and juicy Cheese-Steak any day! It is full of flavor, it's substantial, delicious and perfect for any diet! I really hope you give it a try and I know you will love it as much as I did!

Makes 2
  • 2 Portobello mushroom caps
  • 4 slices of bread (I used whole grain bread, you can use any kind you like)
  • 2 or 4 slices of your favorite cheese (1 or 2 per Panini, I recommend 2 slices per panini)
  • 2 bell peppers cut into thin slices
  • 1 Poblano pepper cut into thin slices
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1/2 a small red onion cut in thin slices
  • 1 cup of baby spinach
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil

Clean the mushroom caps with a damp paper towel. Brush with  1/2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil, season with a pinch of salt and ground black pepper and set aside for a minute.
In a skillet on medium heat, add 1 teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil and saute the garlic for about 1 minute or until it becomes aromatic, after a minute or so, add in the onion and cook for 1 more minute. Then add in the Poblano pepper and the bell peppers and continue to sautee for about 3 more minutes.

The peppers have been cooking for about 3 minutes, now cook the mushrooms in the same skillet with the peppers.  Push the peppers to the side, jus to make enough room for the mushrooms to sit on the surface of the pan.  Reduce the heat to medium low, and cook the mushrooms for about 4-5 minutes on each side, or  until they are completely cooked. After that, you are ready to build the Paninis

Grab a slice of bread and top it with baby spinach, add as much spinach or as little as you want. Place a mushroom cap over the spinach and arrange some of the pepper mixture over the mushroom, top it with a slice of cheese and cover with a second slice of bread. Cook in a Panini Maker for about 3 minutes and you are done!

If you don't have a Panini maker, toast the sandwich on a griddle or skillet over medium heat. Place a second skillet or small saucepan over the Sandwich to flatten it. (filled the small pan with some water to add some weight.) And cook the the sandwich like this for about 1-2 minutes or until golden brown. Flip around, and repeat the same step.

 And that's it, serve and enjoy!!