There’s truly nothing better than biting into a warm, crispy panini, and anyone who tells you otherwise has appalling taste. Melted cheese, savory meats and spices, aioli — what’s not to like? This particular recipe came to me on a whim yesterday when I was cleaning out my fridge. Hangry, hormonal, and wracked with raging period cravings, I was in desperate need of some comfort food, and this sandwich was my fat-filled savior. I grabbed some goat cheese, Stonewall Kitchen Lemon and Herb Aioli (naturally), and prosciutto to make my sandwich supreme. 10 minutes later, I was happily curled up on the couch binge-watching Grey’s Anatomy, fingers greasy and stomach contentedly full. I probably had a paper to write, but in reality, the pursuit of food trumps the pursuit of knowledge every time for me (sorry Mom).
This panini tastes bistro-quality but comes without the annoyingly long wait or hefty price tag. And it’s a quick, easy way to satisfy your savory cravings when you’re in a time crunch. Try it out yourself and let me know what you think!
1 8 oz pack of goat cheese, seasoned to your liking
1 jar of roasted red peppers
2-3 slices of prosciutto
Half a red onion, sliced into thin strips and caramelized
Stonewall Kitchen Lemon and Herb Aioli
Two slices of bread (I used Pain de Champagne, but any bread is fine)
Butter (to grease pan and sandwich)
- Spread one side of each slice of bread with aioli. Then, layer on goat cheese, onions, red peppers, and prosciutto in amounts to your liking.
- Close sandwich and place a pat of butter on either side.
- Put stove burner on medium-low, and melt 1 tbsp of butter in medium frying pan. Then, place sandwich in pan and cover.
- Flip occasionally until each side of the sandwich is golden brown and crispy, and goat cheese is clearly melted.
- Slice in half and enjoy!