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Friday, February 19, 2010

Shiitake Onion Panini

I decided to make a "sort of" fat sandwich for my Fat Tuesday (aka Mardi Gras) meal, which is always celebrate the day before Ash Wednesday. Luckily over the weekend, I had gotten a couple beefy tomatoes and a couple fat plump avocados. Perfect timing would you say? What was that Carl's Jr slogan? If it doesn't get all over the place, it doesn't belong in you face. (or something like that). Well, this is one is that kind of sandwich. Slighty messy, check. Tasty, check. And belong in my face, check.  Looks like we covered the basics.

I sauteed the onion and shiitake together and assembled the sandwich together with the beefy and jumbo tomato and avocado slices on top. Pressed the sandwich with ol' Georgie. Even if it looked slightly smushed, it was still a bit hefty in a sense that it looked big, bit not too filling to the stomach at the same time.

Makes 2 sandwiches

Shiitake Onion Panini

1 c shiitake mushroom - sliced
1/2 medium onion - sliced
2 Tbsp Ponzu Sauce
pepper to taste
4 slices of bread
1 ripe avocado - deseeded and sliced
1 medium tomato - deseeded and sliced
1 c shredded mozzarella cheese
yellow mustard

in a skillet, drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil and saute the onions until they have wilted, then the ponzu sauce, then add the mushrooms and saute until they have slightly turned dark in color. Remove from the heat.

To make a sandwich:
Take a slice of bread and spread a thin layer of mayo, take another slice of bread and spread a thin layer of mustard over that. Place some of the mushroom onion mixture over the mayo slice, followed by some shredded mozzarella, then a couple slices of tomato, then avocado. Top it with the mustard slice of bread.

Cook in your panini press or grill or heat in a skillet with a plate and 12oz can over to add weight. Cook each side for roughly 5-10 minutes or unti the cheese has melted.

Serve warm.


Unknown said...

I like it that you put the avocado in there. It really gives it a fatty goodness factor :)
*kisses* HH

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

Awesome sandwich! I want to take a bite... ;)

Unknown said...

Mmm - what I would give for fresh tomatoes & avocado right now! Looks amazing!

Anonymous said...

A fabulous sandwich! I love all the umami flavors going on here and the addition of avocado is great!

Debbie said...

Looks delicious and colorful. Love that you added avocado!!

Pam said...

It looks great! What is Ponzu sauce?

Phyllis said...

I bet you don't even miss the meat in this sandwich. Looks yummy :)

theUngourmet said...

This is my kind of sandwich! Love the mushrooms and avocado!

Bob said...

Looks gorgeous. I need to get a foreman grill. Heh.

Jenn said...

Pam: Ponzu sauce is like a japanese condiment. Kikkoman recently came out with a couple products that are available at local markets.

Nutmeg Nanny said...

Mmmmm delicious! I'm loving the avocado addition....yum!

Tangled Noodle said...

What a great vegetarian sandwich! With 'beefy' tomatoes and 'plump' avocados, I wouldn't miss animal protein at all. And I love the perfect grill marks - for some reason, seeing them makes this even more appetizing!

Pam said...

My mouth is drooling - this panini looks fantastic!

teresa said...

that is my kind of sandwich, love it! i wish i could go to your haiti event too! can't wait to hear how it goes!

OysterCulture said...

Nothing beats a good sammi and you've proved with this version. Shitake mushrooms are a favorite with their heady umami flavor and I would never call them a meat substitute as they are worthy of being recognized on their own,

NKP said...

Oh yum! Totally delicious sammie. Great flavours.

Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction said...

Yum... Love the panini! Of course, you know I love all things avocado. :)

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