These satisfying, hearty, scrumptious panini sandwiches are packed with chorizo, queso cheese, garlic, and peppers.
Panini sandwiches are like warm blankets on crisp, cool autumn days.
I love how easy paninis are to make, and even though I am dairy-free, I develop recipes for some of my favorite food brands that are not dairy-free. This panini with chorizo slices, queso cheese, and peppers is one of them!
A Hearty Panini
The bread itself is sturdy and packed with nutrient-rich seeds and grains, so I wanted to make a sandwich that was worthy of this noble bread. You can find chorizo slices in your neighborhood grocery store’s deli section. It’s a nice savory, slightly spicy (but not too spicy!) change from traditional salami slices.
To complement the richness of the chorizo slices, I sliced red, orange, and yellow bell peppers, as well as yellow onion. I also sliced up some queso cheese. You can find queso cheese usually in 6 or 8 0unce cheese balls also in your grocery store’s deli section – or in the cheese section next to cheeses like ricotta and mascarpone. Finally, for some green and a bit of fresh herb flavor, I chopped up parsley and sprinkled it on top.
Time for the Panini Press!
You could eat the sandwich cold, but this honestly is SO amazing when you heat it up in a panini press. If you don’t have a panini press, you can simply heat it up in a skillet with a tablespoon of olive oil or butter.
I love watching the queso cheese get all melty. The ooey gooey yumminess of the cheese is a nice texture balance to the slight crunch (softened by the heat) of the peppers.
I normally cut sandwiches on the bias and create triangles, but this panini begs for a classic down-the-middle cut. Obviously, you choose – I simply love the even cut of all of the layers that you see with a straight cut. YUM!
These paninis are great for lunch or dinner. You can also make 6-8 sandwiches, and then cut them into small squares to create a mouthwatering appetizer that would be divine for your next holiday party!
Enjoy! Have you ever made a panini at home? What’s your favorite sandwich during the fall/winter months?