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For this month's Taste & Create, I was paired with Pavani of Cook's Hideout. She has a lot of great recipes, but I wanted something simple and these paninis caught my eye! Pavani's recipe is for one sandwich, but we have 4 in our family so I increased all the ingredients. I mixed most of a package of frozen spinach with an entire 4 ounce container of feta, and there is probably enough of the spinach mixture left to make two more sandwiches.
I was generous with the hummus, using more than 2 tablespoons per sandwich (I just spread some on), and unfortunately I didn't have any roasted red peppers! Our teeny tiny grocery store doesn't carry them, (quite honestly I was shocked to finally find feta there) and my stash was gone, so I bought some roasted red pepper hummus as a compromise.
My panini press is at the ranch and I was making these in town, so I improvised with a cast iron pan that fit inside my regular frying pan to weight the sandwiches down. Worked great but I missed those signature ridges from the press!
These sandwiches are light but filling, and my husband and I thought they were delicious although they received mixed reviews from our sons. I think I'll be making these again, at least for the adults! I know they'll be even better when I get my pantry stocked up with roasted red peppers too.
6 Kaiser rolls, cut in half
about 1 cup frozen spinach, thawed and excess water squeezed out
4 ounces Feta cheese, crumbled
Jarred Roasted red peppers, cut into thin strips
Hummus (I used store-bought as Pavani did, but I agree, homemade would be even better!)
In a small bowl, combine thawed spinach and feta cheese. Spread this mixture on the bottom roll and top it with the red pepper strips. Spread hummus on the top half of the roll.
Heat skillet on medium-high heat. Pour about 1-2 tablespoons olive oil in pan. Set the sandwiches on the skillet, pour a bit of olive oil on top of each one. Weigh the sandwiches down with something heavy or with heavy cast iron skillet. Cook 2-3 minutes on each side until toasted and golden.