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Sharp Cheddar, Avocado, and Tomato Panini

Sharp Cheddar, Avocado, and Tomato Panini

My daughter was home sick this week so I wanted to make her a special lunch to make her feel better. She has recently discovered a love for sharp cheddar and pepperjack cheese which is exciting for me because she hasn’t liked cheese for years. I made this tasty panini with some leftover roasted garlic bread that I had leftover from our dinner the night before and I layered it with sharp cheddar, tomato slices, and avocado. It was a hit with my daughter and she gobbled up every single bite.

Sharp Cheddar, Avocado, and Tomato Panini

Preheat your panini grill or a grill pan over medium heat.

Spread some of the shredded cheese on the bread then layer it with tomato and avocado and season with a bit of sea salt and freshly cracked pepper before adding a little more cheese. Place the other slice of bread on top.

Sharp Cheddar, Avocado, and Tomato Panini

Place into your panini pan (or grill pan).  Cook for 5 minutes or until crispy and golden brown.  Serve immediately.  Enjoy!

Side Note:  I always cook my paninis dry.  I find that using oil or butter on the bread makes the sandwich too greasy.  Try it – I bet you will like it and it’s way better for you!

Sharp Cheddar, Avocado, and Tomato Panini

 

Sharp Cheddar, Avocado, and Tomato Panini

Sharp Cheddar, Avocado, and Tomato Panini

Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1

Ingredients

  • 2 slices of bread I used roasted garlic
  • Sharp cheddar shredded
  • Tomato slices
  • Avocado slices
  • Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat your panini grill or a grill pan over medium heat.
  • Spread some of the shredded cheese on the bread then layer it with tomato and avocado and season with a bit of sea salt and freshly cracked pepper before adding a little more cheese. Place the other slice of bread on top.
  • Place into your panini pan (or grill pan). Cook for 5 minutes or until crispy and golden brown. Serve immediately. Enjoy!
  • Side Note: I always cook my paninis dry. I find that using oil or butter on the bread makes the sandwich too greasy. Try it – I bet you will like it and it’s way better for you!
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14 Comments

  1. I’m with you on that cooking a panini dry. Goodness have I ended up with some greasy messes. And I’m calling in sick just so I can have this sandwich. Great combo.

  2. Kim in Md says:

    This looks delicious, Pam! I agree with you about the dry toasting of the panini. I always make my grilled cheese sandwiches without butter or oil and they are delicious. Perfectly crispy and crunchy without the added fat!

  3. I can’t blame your daughter for gobbling it up.. it would be hard not to! I want to be home sick at your house from now on!!

  4. I’ve never put avocado in my panini before, but … great idea! I bet it goes really well with that sharp cheddar. 🙂

  5. There is nothing quite like a grilled cheese with Tomato. Yours looks delicious with the avocado.

  6. A really nice lunch. My favorite type of sandwich – panini. Not surprised your daughter loved it.

  7. The panini sounds delicious! The kid is also enjoying cheese a lot more these days… He has always liked melted cheese, and I know he’d love this!

  8. Pam,
    I just made this for lunch. I didn’t have a tomato so I just used the avocado and low fat cheese that I had n the fridge. I never thought of doing this on my grill pan. It turned out great and I will definitely be making this again. I followed your advice and did not use any butter. This was such a light healthy lunch. Thanks for your recipes!

  9. i’m at the point where i’m putting avocados on everything and skimming a menu looking for anything containing any form of it. this is a fine sandwich!

  10. Your daughter didn’t like cheese?! I’m so glad she is coming around.