Sandwich night gets turned up a notch with super fast Mushroom and Manchego Panini. This flavor-packed grilled sandwich is made with fresh herbs, a mixture of exotic mushrooms, and shaved cheese--all sandwiched between sourdough bread.
1 teaspoon unsalted butter
1/4 cup minced shallots
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
2 (4-ounce) packages presliced exotic mushroom blend (such as shiitake, cremini, and oyster)
1 (8-ounce) package presliced cremini mushrooms
1 1/2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
8 (1 1/2-ounce) slices sourdough bread
3 ounces shaved Manchego cheese
1 garlic clove, halved
How to Make It
Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add shallots and next 6 ingredients (through cremini mushrooms). Cook 10 minutes or until mushrooms are tender and liquid almost evaporates, stirring frequently. Add vinegar; cook 30 seconds or until liquid almost evaporates.
Divide the mushroom mixture evenly among four bread slices. Top evenly with Manchego cheese and remaining bread slices.
Heat a large grill pan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add sandwiches to pan. Place a cast-iron or heavy skillet on top of sandwiches; press gently to flatten. Cook sandwiches 2 minutes on each side or until cheese melts and bread is toasted (leave skillet on sandwiches while they cook). Rub the top and bottom of each sandwich with cut side of garlic clove.
Very good recipe. we loved it for a simple weeknight meal. I used only baby bellas because the mix is too expensive. Unlike other reviewers, I thought that it wasn't enough mushroom, so used more mushroom on each sandwich than it called for: about 2/3s of the mushrooms just for the two of us, but kept the cheese amounts what they were supposed to be. I served it with a salad and it was a great meal.
My husband has started to enjoy cooking, now that we are in a dinner club. He found this recipe and made it now twice and it is simply delicious! We used sourdough bread (which I frozen from a previous purchase), cremini mushrooms and Manchego from Costco, It is pretty simple once the prep work is done. Served with broiled asparagus or a nice salad and you have a complete meal!
We will definitely be making this recipe again (my husband will anyways!)
My husband loved this sandwich, saying it was the best ever and better than any panini that he'd had at panera's. I did a few substitutions: dried thyme, 16 oz baby Bella since we had nothing more exotic, red wine vinegar, and ciabatta instead of sourdough. I also spread it across the entire loaf, making about double the servings with only upping the cheese. I can't imagine that many mushrooms just for four servings.
Excellent sandwich. Made to directions, prepping the mushrooms in the morning. If, like me, you buy whole mushrooms rather than pre-sliced allow more skillet-time for the liquid to evaporate. Served with a spicy tomato soup (Gourmet Magazine Dec 2004) & slaw.