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Today's Special: Cheese Olive Panini

Today's Special: Cheese Olive Panini

A few years ago my sister and I bought my dad a panini maker for Father's Day. My mom worried that it would never get put to use, but we make the warm pressed sandwiches at least once a week and she is the one who is always begging for more! If you don't have a panini maker you can still make this a pressed sandwich by placing another heavy pan on top of the sandwich, pressing down with a can of tomatoes or a bottle of wine (I've used this technique many times when I lived in Spain). Add a quick chopped salad, a glass of red wine, or pita chips and hummus and you can have yourself a little Mediterranean par-tee. Bread, melted cheese, olives, could delicious be described any more simply? Check out the recipe and,

Cheese Olive Panini
Modified from All Recipes

1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/3 cup olive oil
10 large pitted green olives, chopped
1/3 cup pitted, chopped kalamata olives
1/4 cup chopped roasted red bell peppers
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons butter, softened
2 slices your favorite bread
2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
2 slices Cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon chopped red onion
1/4 tomato, thinly sliced

  1. Whisk the first 3 ingredients in a large bowl to blend. Gradually blend in the oil.
  2. Stir in the olives and roasted peppers. Season the vinaigrette, to taste, with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Butter one side of each slice of bread. On the non buttered side of one slice, spread some of the olive mixture, then layer the feta cheese, cheddar cheese, red onion and tomato. Top with the other slice of bread with the butter side out.
  4. Fry the sandwich until golden brown on each side, about 2 minutes per side. The second side always cooks faster.

Makes 1 sandwich.

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