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Roasted Red Pepper and Camembert Panini

July 31, 2011

I love a good, stinky, soft cheese.  Unfortunately, good ones can be expensive. So we save it for special occasions, which means, when we have friends over, I am sure to pick up a good Camembert or Brie cheese. Because storing the leftover cheese can make your entire fridge smell like feet, AAM and I like to throw them on a sandwich and have paninis the next day. Paninis are so simple that I probably shouldn’t even post them on the blog. However, I personally love to get reminders of good food combinations, and the Camembert matched with cranberry mustard is delicious.

Although people limit the consumption of cranberries to the Fall, good cranberry mustard can complement Camembert any time of year. We get our cranberry mustard in Maine from the grocery store Hanneford’s. Similar to Harris Teeter, Hannefords is a nicer grocery store, a middle ground between Safeway and Whole Foods. Plus, they have the most fantastic mustard section filled with the Hannefords generic brand, which is affordable and tasty. Everything from Irish stout to spicy cranberry mustard, the store completely satiates our love of mustard. We only go to AAM’s family home in Maine once a year, so, we look a little crazy when we buy enough mustard for a bomb shelter.

When making our panini’s, we use the Cuisinart Panini press, which also is good for grilling veggies, has a griddle for pancakes, or  makes really good quesadillas. If you don’t have a panini grill, try using a regular fry pan and weigh down your sandwich with a tea kettle. I am not kidding, that’s how we did it growing up. We also tend to put the cheese on the outside and the veggies on the inside. This way they really stay in the sandwich. I also add a little pepper and salt to sandwiches, which many people often forget to do. Why not flavor it?

Kid Tip: Use a pizza cutter to slice up your toddler’s sandwich, or really anything. It is definitely not a one-use tool. We use it daily to cut up Serafina’s food. I think if I had known how much I was going to use one, we would have invested in a better cutter!

Roasted Red Pepper and Camembert Panini

  • Sliced whole wheat bread
  • Camembert cheese (2-3 slices per sandwich)
  • 1 cup of baby spinach
  • roasted red peppers
  • sliced onion
  • cranberry mustard
  • mayonnaise
  • salt and pepper
  • Canola oil spray

1. Heat up your grill or sauté pan to medium heat. Spray with your oil.

2. Take the baby spinach and roll it together. Thinly slice it to make spinach strips. Do the same with your roasted red peppers This will make it easier to eat.

3. Stack your sandwich: bread, cranberry mustard, Camembert, spinach, red peppers, onion, salt and pepper, bread with mayo.

4. Cook on your pan for 3-5 minutes. Watch for the cheese to be melted and the bread to be browned.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 1, 2011 3:15 pm

    I use my george foreman grill to make paninis–does the trick!

    • August 4, 2011 10:44 am

      Good one! Yeah, we never got a Foreman, that whole vegetarian thing 😉 We liked that the Cuisinart press had multiple plates that could be interchanged, so making it good for a variety of types of cooking. Plus, it cleans really easily, which my brother’s Foreman always seemed more cumbersome to clean.

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