Today’s recipe is brought to you in honor of Cheryl Malik of 40 Aprons and her husband, who will soon be welcoming baby boy Leo into their lives. Congratulations to you both!!
Cheryl’s nursery theme is from the book Sleep Like a Tiger. As soon as I heard the word tiger, my mind immediately went to panini sandwiches because the grill marks look a little like tiger stripes to me.
If you don’t want to serve these as appetizers, you can just as easily use this recipe to make four sandwiches. However, I love the idea of having little bite-sized sandwiches that you can then dip in the delicious basil mayo dressing. Yum!
If you’re looking for something that leans a little more toward vegetarian, then these panini bites may be just the thing. The portobello mushrooms are definitely the star of the show, and I wouldn’t dare call them a meat substitute. They sparkle and shine very well on their own. But then when you add the fontina cheese, roasted red peppers, garlic rosemary mayo and basil mayo dressing…well, you have a sandwich that is to die for. If you don’t want to splurge on fontina cheese, feel free to substitute an Italian blend if your grocery store carries it. The first time I made this recipe, I used the Italian blend and it was just as tasty.
Once again, congratulations to the proud parents-to-be! I am sure you will have a wonderful time watching little Leo grow up!
Please check out the other fabulous recipes that have been submitted in honor of Cheryl and her baby boy:
By Jessica of Jessica in the Kitchen:
By Marci of Flavor the Moments:
By Melissa of Simply Whisked:
By Meriem of Culinary Couture:
By Michelle of Thistle Key Lane:
By Rachel of Bakerita:
By Sarah of Broma Bakery:
By Traci of Vanilla and Bean: