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Grilled Mushroom, Cheese and Spinach Panini

Grilled Mushroom, Cheese and Spinach Panini

Panini literally means little breads, but in Italy it often refers to a sandwich. Use goat cheese and arugula for a different flavour profile.

Prep Time 10 mins.
Cook Time 12 mins.

method method

In a medium frying pan heat oil over medium-high heat; add mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3 minutes or until just until starting to brown. Stir in garlic and basil; cook 1 minute. Remove from heat and set aside.
In a small bowl mix cheese and tomatoes; spread evenly on bottom half of each roll. Arrange the mushrooms, and spinach leaves, evenly on top of cheese. Top with the other half of each roll and press firmly.
Place in preheated sandwich grill* (according to manufacturer’s directions) cook about 8 minutes or until lightly browned and cheese has melted. Cut sandwiches in half to serve.

Makes 4 servings

*If sandwich grill is not available heat a well seasoned ridged grill pan OR a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Place sandwiches in pan and place another heat -proof pan or skillet on top of sandwiches; weight down with canned goods and cook 3-4 minutes or until lightly browned. Turn panini over and repeat for other side. Lower heat after sandwich is browned to melt cheese.

Tip:  Substitute other crusty rolls or Kaiser buns for panini rolls OR substitute 8 slices( ½”/1 cm thick) French, Italian or Sour dough bread . 

Variation: Substitute ½ cup(125 mL) softened goat cheese (about 4 oz /120 g) for Cheddar and baby arugula leaves for spinach.

Nutritional Information:
Per Serving
Calories: 484
Sodium: 733 mg
Protein: 22.1 g
Fat: 26.9 g
Carbohydrates: 39.6 g
Dietary Fibre: 3.4 g

Recipe adapted from the Australian Mushroom Growers’ Assocation.

Ingredients Ingredients

1 tbsp

olive oil

15 mL

8 oz

sliced fresh mushrooms

250 g


large clove garlic, crushed


1 tsp

dried basil leaves

5 mL

1/2 cup

chopped oil packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained

125 mL

2 cups

grated old Cheddar cheese

500 mL


oval panini rolls (about 4"/10 cm), halved


1 cup

baby spinach leaves

250 mL