Today, in partnership with ALDI, I’m sharing an easy weeknight dinner (or lunch) we’ve been eating on repeat the past few weeks. I go through cooking highs and lows (anyone else?). At times, I’m making multiple meals from scratch every single day. Other times (busier seasons, less-inspired seasons) I’m feeling drained and pressed for time and that’s when I reach for my quick (and satisfying) dinners. Like these paninis. The best part is that they take about 10-15 minutes to prepare, and then you have hot paninis flying off the grill, ready to be devoured. It’d be super fun to have a build-your-own panini bar for a summer gathering.
You can make paninis with almost anything. I stopped by my brand-new ALDI in Ashburn, VA (local friends, did you know we have an ALDI in Ashburn? And non-locals, you can find your own local ALDI here) for a cartful of tasty, kid-approved ingredients. ALDI was the perfect one-stop-shop for everything we needed for these paninis (plus all our other grocery needs)!
I love shopping at ALDI; the stores are organized incredibly well, and everything is so budget-accessible. You should check out their recently expanded product selection (it’s their largest-ever product refresh), available in my local ALDI and rolling out nationwide this summer, and let me know your favorites! Some of my favorite new items: Specially Selected Sliced Sourdough Round, Appleton Farms Italian Style Deli Meats in assorted varieties, and SimplyNature Organic Mozzarella Shredded Cheese (all used in these paninis). They also now have fresh butternut squash and zucchini noodles and salad bowls for those of us who are always on-the-go or pressed for time but want those better-for-you options. The zucchini noodles will definitely be making an appearance on our kitchen table this summer!
Here’s the recipe for a few quick and delicious paninis:
Easy Weeknight Dinner: Paninis 4 Ways
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 3-5 minutes per panini
Serves: 4 sandwiches
1 Loaf Specially Selected Sliced Sourdough Round
1 Package Appleton Farms Dry-Cured Ham – Jamón Serrano
1 Package Appleton Farms Dry-Cured Pork Capocollo
1 Package Appleton Farms Dry-Cured Salami Sopressata
2 Packages SimplyNature Organic Mozzarella Shredded Cheese
1 Package SimplyNature Organic Baby Spinach and Arugula Mix
5 Organic Mini Sweet Peppers, sliced
1 Artisan Series Roma Tomato, sliced into rounds
8 Mushrooms, sliced
1 Purple onion, sliced
Carlini White Wine Vinegar
SimplyNature Organic Mediterranean Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Stonemill Sea Salt Grinder and Stonemill Pure Ground Black Pepper
Prepare ingredients. Slice red onions, mushrooms, and peppers, then sauté each separately in an oiled skillet on medium-high heat.
Heat panini maker, grill, or skillet. Assemble panini. Place sandwich on panini maker/grill and cook until golden, approximately 3-5 minutes.
Here are the 4 sandwiches we’ve been eating (feel free to make your own versions, too):
1. Sautéed Veggies: Brush inside of two slices of bread with olive oil. Sprinkle salt and pepper inside of each slice. Add about 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese to one side. Then layer on sautéed mushrooms, sautéed peppers, and sautéed onions. Add a handful of the baby spinach and arugula mix. Cover, place on panini maker, press, and cook until golden. Vegetarian option: omit mozzarella cheese.
2. Sopressata Caprese: Brush inside of two slices of bread with olive oil. Sprinkle salt and pepper inside of each slice. Add layer of sliced tomatoes, then 5 slices of Sopressata, 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, and a handful of the baby spinach and arugula mix. Cover, place on panini maker, press, and cook until golden.
3. Italian Three-Meat: Brush inside of two slices of bread with olive oil and white wine vinegar. Sprinkle salt and pepper inside of each slice. Add two slices each of Jamón Serrano, Capocollo, and Sopressata. Add about 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese and sautéed peppers. Cover, place on panini maker, press, and cook until golden.
4. Mushroom and Onion: Brush inside of two slices of bread with olive oil. Sprinkle salt and pepper inside of each slice. Add sautéed mushroom and onion. Add about 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese. Cover, place on panini maker, press, and cook until golden.
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