The Mediterranean Sandwich a spin off of my favorite veggie sandwich from my neighborhood cafe.
This sandwich idea came to me as a spin-off of one of my favorite sandwiches at a cafe near my office in DC. It’s called “The Mediterranean” and it’s a veggie-loaded panini. Every time I eat here, I get the same sandwich and it’s one of those sandwiches I crave from time to time. However, it’s not exactly the cheapest sandwich. My total always comes to about $8.50 and that’s a little too much for me for a simple sandwich that I can make on my own — which is how this recipe begun. I knew this sandwich was easy enough to make on my own. I’ve eaten it numerous times to know what is in it and it’s easily modifiable to give you many variations. The original sandwich has asparagus, red bell peppers, onions, mushrooms, melted provolone cheese, and a garlic hummus spread on focaccia. I used all those veggies but instead of a garlic hummus, I used a red pepper hummus to bring out the red pepper flavor more. I also sauteed my veggies in olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
There are so many varieties of this sandwich. I was thinking I could use grilled zucchini, onions, mushrooms, and artichoke hearts with Swiss cheese next time. I’m also going to use my panini press next time so I can have a nice sear on the outside. This time, I used my oven’s broiler to melt the cheese and to toast/warm the bread. This is a nice hearty & healthy sandwich to change up your week! If you aren’t a fan of a sandwich full of veggies, you can easily add shredded chicken to it or turkey slices, etc.
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