Thursday, May 28, 2009

Roast Beef Panini with Caramelized Onions and Butter Cheese


My first panini post, it's about time! My sweet, amazing mom got me a panini press for Christmas after knowing that I was drooling over one for sometime. In all honesty I haven't used it near as much as I should just because I'm still getting acquainted with some good recipes, but it does make a killer grilled cheese for my kids!

This sandwich is very quick and easy and PACKED with flavor. I loved the sweetness of the caramelized onion, with the full flavored cheese and rich roast beef. The cheese that I got was found at Kettle Kitchen Village in Intercourse, PA (that's right Donna, Intercourse, PA, I thought you'd enjoy that!).

Kettle Kitchen is full of food prepared by the Amish community, and oh my gosh do those people know how to cook. The funnest was the cheeses and meats. I picked up some butter cheese at the strong recommendation of my cousin-in-law. It's very delicious and it kind of a cross between provolone and a very sharp cheddar. It's a strongly flavored cheese that is incredibly creamy and melts like a dream. Since I know butter cheese isn't very available though, you could sub with just about any cheese you'd like, Swiss, provolone, fontina, their all fantastic. In fact, the first time I made this, I used Gorgonzola, which was just as tasty.

I got my caramelized onion recipe from my Aunt's blog Sugarbliss...Cookies etc. It's a very easy and delicious way to caramelize your onions, and you can use them in so many ways.

Ingredients (per sandwich)

1 ciabatta roll, or kaiser roll
5-6 slices roast beef
3-4 slices favorite cheese, or 1/8 cup Gorgonzola
1/4 cup caramelized onion

Directions

Assemble sandwich, I like to put the cheese as the middle layer to adhere it all together. Place on heated panini grill and grill until bread is browned and cheese is melted.

22 comments:

Ruth said...

Hmmm gorgeous!

Jenn said...

I love paninis. I use my George Foreman grill as my panini press. LOL. Looks very very delish. It's actually lunch time here. Maybe a panini for lunch?

Ingrid said...

I want a panini press but I don't NEED one! :( Doesn't help that I don't have a place to put one either. I'll have to live vicariously through you.

Btw, that butter sounds DE-lish!
~ingrid

Chow and Chatter said...

i adore paninis yours looks great

Deborah said...

I love a good panini - and that cheese sounds amazing!

Katy ~ said...

YUMMM panini!!!

Lara said...

Panini press? There's another kitchen item that I hadn't even heard of before, but now I want one!

Delectable Dining said...

This looks so good! I love my panini press, too! This sounds like it will have to be my next creation using it!

Mike and Amber said...

We bought that same butter cheese! Isn't it the BEST?! Too bad I don't have a panini press...but Rebecca does! We'll have to try out this recipe this summer if we still go.

girlichef said...

Oh man, this sounds amazing. Love paninis and LOVE butter cheese (we have an amish town very close). Delish :)

Rachel said...

You've got me beat! My Mom got me a panini maker a couple of years ago and ask me if I've ever even taken it out of the box?!? Awful, I know! I have no idea why I haven't tried it yet, b/c I love sandwiches...I'm going to have to try this recipe!

Alissa said...

Mmmm hmm! I LOVE your panini skills! So delicious!!!! I can't wait to visit the Kettle kitchen!

Katherine Aucoin said...

The panini press is a blessing! This panini sounds so good and savory!

Reeni♥ said...

The Butter Cheese - how delicious! I bet it was just wonderful with the caramelized onions. Awesome Panini!!

Donna-FFW said...

hahahahaha. Intercourse. Ive actually been to Kitchen Kettle village, I LOVE it, the whole area has so much to offer, lots to do.

Love your choice of panini ingredients, time to break my panini maker outta the box!

Selba said...

Looks so delicious!

Pam said...

I am loving this sandwich - you just can't beat caramelized onions. Looks great!

the ungourmet said...

Yummy! I just love Paninis! That cheese looks so good!

Mommy Gourmet said...

oohhhhh.....I feel sad...I want this so bad!

Erica said...

I have a panini press and love it too! Such a handy little tool! Plus its fun to have the sweet grill marks :) Great recipe. The Amish really do know how to do food. Their baked goods are out of this world :) I went to Penn State and they came into town every Friday to sell stuff and I always had to go over and look what special treats they had.

Elyse said...

Oh man, this sandwich looks delicious! Paninis are so amazing. Something about that melting cheese, and the crispy bread--delicious! And caramelized onions make everything better :)

Leslie said...

I love Paninis. I am too cheap to buy a press so I use a brick wrapped in foil..no seriously I do and It works perfect on my grill pan!!