Wednesday, June 23, 2010


I have been eating these things for a few years now. I got the idea from someone else, who made me a sandwich that probably was nothing like this one. I remember there was cheese, and basil leaves. Anyway, my own version is made with focaccia bread, because that tastes the best. My local grocery store doesn't have much, but they do try. They sold tofu there briefly...They do have Boca burgers if I am desperate. They also have expanded to include more gluten-free flours and grains. They sell a bag of quinoa for almost $12. Shyeah right! Like I'm gonna pay that! But the bakery does make an awesome round loaf of focaccia bread that is sliced and totally vegan. I put it in the freezer, and when I crave it, I put it in the microwave for 20 seconds and spread Earth Balance on it and I'm in heaven.

Garrett loves these sandwiches, too. I was trying to think of something for supper, and I remembered that I have a jar of roasted red peppers at home. I went to the store for the bread and some mushrooms, and here we are.

Veggie Panini or Sandwich or Whatever

Focaccia bread
Fresh spinach
Mushrooms, sliced thinly
Avocados (of course!)
Roasted red peppers in a jar

Place the spinach leaves and basil leaves on the bread. Then pile on the red peppers, mushrooms, and sliced avocado. You could also mash up the avocado if you want and spread it on the bread. You can do whatever you want. You could add other veggies. You could spread vegan mayo on the bread. Or vegan cheese. Or not. Then place the other piece of bread on top, naturally. Place in the oven (400 degrees) for about 15 minutes or so, until the bread feels dry and crusty. Slice in half and enjoy.

If you are lucky enough to have a panini grill, this would be EVEN BETTER.

A note: I used basil from my basil plant I purchased, which I discovered is actually a lemon basil. While this smells and tastes delicious and would be awesome in, say, pesto or something, the flavor overpowered this sandwich and I ended up picking it out.

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