As my parents know, people close to me know, and maybe even you know, I am not a big sandwich person. I do love hamburgers and grilled cheeses, but my sandwich acceptance ends there. Maybe, someday, I will change; that’s the benefit of only being 20, I have MANY years ahead of me to become a full-time Sandwich Man. Until then, the Vegetarian Italian Panini has *temporarily* converted me!
This panini is PACKED with every good vegetarian ingredient under the sun. I absolutely love mushrooms, and this one has portobello caps that are seared off with soy sauce, to give them that extra, umami, meatiness you crave when you eat a big sandwich. The provolone is sharp and a little funky, and of course, melts into an Instagram-worthy cheese pull when you grill the whole sandwich together. The red onions add bite, the roasted red peppers are smoky and sweet, and the giardiniera, which is a medley of pickled vegetables, is perfectly briney and tangy. I’ve saved the best for last, which is the Basil! Balsamic! Mayo! Let me just warn you, you’re going to want to dip everything in this, you’re going to want to slather it on after the shower, you’re going to want to go ahead and quadruple the recipe as written! It’s literally that insanely delicious, and the main reason that I am a part-time Sandwich Man!