Needless to say, all of the aforementioned chaos makes for hasty dinners and makeshift meals thrown together with whatever's in reach some nights. Sometimes they turn out great (like this one!)...and other times they look like a poor-man's potluck. So here's this week's T.T. "recipe" (I feel like I'm am defiling the word)... savory Portobella Paninis with all the fixin's and some guilty pleasure sides. Documenting the process was definitely an after-thought on this one, but at least the few photos below capture the colorful cornucopia that was the end result!
Portobella Paninis w/ herbed cream cheese
& root veggie chips, chipotle sweet potato fries
$8 for 2
4 slices sourdough (we had rosemary sourdough from W.F., yum!)
2 large portobella caps, pitted and sliced
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp chopped herbs (rosemary, oregano, marjoram, parsley)
Pinch of garlic powder
salt and pepper
2 tbsp cream cheese
1 tbsp mayo
Cheese, spinach, tomato, onion, etc. to top!
1. Heat olive oil in a med. pan, add 1/2 of the chopped herbs, salt and pepper as you like. Add sliced portobella, cover and sautee for about 6 minutes, turning often with spatula.
2. Mix cream cheese, mayo, and other 1/2 of herbs. Spread evenly on 4 slices of bread.
3. Slice toppings so they're ready to go.
4. In a panini press (or on the grill, or in the toaster oven, george foreman, etc...) place one slice bread (per sandwich) top-down (duh) and pile with onion, portobella, cheese (in that order...onions get slightly cooked, cheese melts and makes everything stick). Grill until begins to slightly char.
5. Top with tomato, spinach, other slice of bread. Flip. Grill the same.
6. * serve with chips & fries! (we cheated on both... Terra chips and Alexandria fries) but if you have the time/inspiration to make your own from scratch, here are two helpful recipes!
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sandra-lee/sweet-potato-fries-recipe/index.html (just add chili powder, cayenne, garlic to make your own 'chipotle' seasoning)
colorful & delicious!