|The perfect summer sandwich--even in October.|
Avocado, Spinach, and Sun-dried Tomato Paninis
- 1 - 8.5 ounce jar julienned sun-dried tomatoes in oil
- 3 avocados, halved and thinly sliced
- 1 small red onion, sliced thinly
- 3 cups lightly packed baby spinach
- 6 ciabatta rolls, cut in half
First, use a fork to remove the sun-dried tomatoes from the oil; set aside. Next, layer each roll with avocado, sun-dried tomato, onion, and 1/2 cup spinach. Then lightly spray the exterior of each roll with cooking spray.
Heat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Place one or two paninis in the pan and weight them down with a smaller-diameter saucepan weighted with one or two cans. Cook for about two minutes, remove the weight, carefully flip the paninis using a spatula, replace the weight, and cook for another two minutes.
(If you do have a panini maker, cook for four minutes using the panini maker.)
Cut in half and serve. Yields 6 paninis.
Our paninis struggled a bit because our rolls were pretty small (they were square-shaped and maybe four inches wide). It was difficult to keep all of the ingredients in the panini, let alone get all of the ingredients together in one bite. As a result, I recommend using medium or large ciabatta rolls to ensure the structural soundness of each panini.
When all of the ingredients did come together, it was a delicious bite. The firm, toasty bread contrasted nicely with the smooth avocado, and the sun-dried tomatoes added a smoky, sweet flavor.Accessibility:
We had trouble finding appropriately-sized ciabatta rolls at our regular grocery store (it doesn't have the greatest bakery section). Everything else was easy to find, though the ingredients are a bit expensive as far as sandwiches go.Ease of Preparation:
While assembling the sandwich is quick and easy, it was a little difficult to flip the paninis in the pan without spilling some ingredients. Again, I think larger rolls would help solve this problem.Non-vegan friendliness:
I could see this panini on the menu of any café or sandwich shop.