roasted red pepper panini with cilantro-lime mayo
 
 
Ingredients
  • ciabatta bread or your favorite sturdy bread to use for paninis
  • extra-virgin olive oil for brushing on the top and bottom of the bread
  • cilantro-lime mayonnaise
  • roasted red peppers - about 2-3 whole red peppers will give you enough roasted peppers for 4 sandwiches
  • sliced provolone or Monterey jack cheese
  • 1-2 ripe avocados
  • 1 ripe tomato
  • arugula
Instructions
  1. I would highly recommend roasting your own peppers as it's super easy and definitely cheaper than buying them in a jar, plus they're fresher. To make 4 sandwiches you will only need to roast about 2-3 peppers, depending on how many peppers you want to put on your sandwich. We typically like to place 2 roasted peppers per sandwich.
  2. Here's my post on how to roast red peppers
  3. Let's make up the cilantro-lime mayonnaise. If you want a detailed recipe for the cilantro-lime mayonnaise then you can click over to my post, otherwise here it is.
  4. In a small bowl or ramekin, whisk together ½ cup mayonnaise, (regular mayo, not Miracle Whip) ¼ cup minced cilantro, 2 teaspoons lime juice and 2 minced garlic cloves until well combined.
  5. You can quickly make up this mayo in 5 minutes or feel free to make it up ahead of time, but make sure that it's stored in the refrigerator in a sealed container. The mayonnaise is best day 1 or 2, I wouldn't recommend using it past day 2.
  6. Fast forward to dinner! Get our all of your ingredients as well as your panini maker. If you don't have a panini maker, no worries, you can heat up this sandwich in a cast iron skillet using a pan lid to press down on the sandwich.
  7. Heat up a panini maker or a skillet.
  8. Slice up the tomato, scoop out your avocado halves, slice up your ciabatta bread and get our your cheese. Now you're ready to assemble the sandwiches.
  9. I like to brush a bit of olive oil on the top and bottom of my bread to help brown it up a bit.
  10. You can really assemble these anyway you want, but this is how I assemble mine. Spread a nice layer of the cilantro-lime mayonnaise on the bottom half of the ciabatta bread.
  11. Add a slice of cheese. I used provolone, but my kids like Monterey Jack.
  12. Add on the roasted red peppers.
  13. Add on the sliced tomatoes.
  14. Top it off with some arugula.
  15. I like to smash my avocado using a fork into the top half of the bread. Smashing the avocado into the bread helps to flatten the bread. Using sliced avocado just adds another slippery layer to the sandwich, so it's just easier to smash it into the bread. That's just a little helpful tip for you all!
  16. Feel free to add a bit more of the cilantro-lime mayo to the top of the bread as well, if you're into that sort of thing!
  17. Now it's time to put the sandwich together and get it on the panini press or skillet. Take your sandwich and gently press it together so that it doesn't fall apart when you place it in the panini press. I just press it down and then tuck in the sides as I'm pressing down.
  18. Gently place the sandwich into the panini press (or on a skillet) until the cheese melts and the top and bottom of the bread are browned.
  19. That's all there is to it. This is a messy but delicious sandwich, so make sure you have a napkin handy.
Recipe by Marin Mama Cooks at https://marinmamacooks.com/2013/09/roasted-red-pepper-panini-with-cilantro-lime-mayo/