I’ve always had a love for sandwiches. In fact, if someone asked me what my favorite food is, or if I could only eat one thing for the rest of my life what would it be, I’d have to say sandwiches. With chips on them. Yes, I’m a weirdo and I like chips on my sandwiches. Anywho…this particular sandwich I didn’t eat chips on. Because it’s a panini. What’s the difference, you ask? Well, for one, it’s sort of “sealed” by the cheese and who am I to break that seal to put chips on it?? And also, the bread is a little crispy from the panini press, so I don’t miss the crunch so much. Shrug. Who knows?
This particular panini has a lot going on, but in a good way. The cilantro, lime, and salsa verde mixed into the black beans truly is the star. I mean, sure, the turkey, tomato and cheese are important, but cilantro lime black beans…amazing. No chips alongside, but sweet potato fries instead. And it was quite the perfect little lunch. Mama would be proud. Well, she always is, but she’d like the creativity of this panini. Even if it wasn’t my own.
- 1 cup fresh cilantro
- 1 Tbsp honey
- juice and zest of 1 lime
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 2 Tbsp salsa verde
- 1 – 15 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed
- 2 roma tomatoes, sliced
- 4 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
- 9 oz pkg of thin sliced turkey – approx 20-24 slices (we used cracked black pepper turkey)
- 8 slices wheat bread (your preference, we like sandwich thins)
- In a food processor, combine the cilantro, honey, lime juice and zest, salt and pepper, and salsa verde. Blend until coarsely chopped.
- Place black beans in a medium bowl, add the cilantro mixture to the beans, and stir to combine. Add a tablespoon or two of mozzarella and stir again.
- Sprinkle a thin layer of mozzarella on 4 slices of bread, cover with the black bean mixture (1/4-1/2 cup depending on your preference.) Top with 5-6 slices of turkey, 1-2 tomato slices, and cover with a think layer of cheese and the top slice of bread.
- Place each sandwich in a warmed panini press, or heat on a skillet (a la grilled cheese style) until both sides are browned and cheese is melted. Repeat until all are done.
- Remove to a plate and slice in half, if you like, and devour!