My New Love: Portobello Panini with Goat Cheese

portabello-paniniI’ve got a total girl crush on Ellie Krieger. Seriously. She’s got some serious poise, class, and a great sense of style in all the dishes she creates. It’s only been a few weeks since my acquisition of her newest cookbook but it’s climbing up to be one of my favorite cookbooks in my small but nutrient-packed collection. My undisputed Domestic Goddess is, and always will be, Nigella Lawson (I worship her) but Ellie is not far behind.

My latest recreation from her cookbook, The Food You Crave, is this Portobello Panini with Gorgonzola and Sun-Dried Tomatoes. My version is slightly different because I used goat cheese I already had in a refrigerator instead of Gorgonzola, and I added a handful of spinach to make this panini a slightly more nutritious and colorful one. I also reconstituted and sandwiched more sun-dried tomatoes than the recipe called for because I love the tangy flavor of the tomatoes. The leftover baby spinach turned into a smoked salmon and capers salad that I added on the side. A sprinkle of lemon juice on the Portobello panini brought all the flavors together and gave it a refreshing final touch. Boy, with meaty and satisfying dish like this, who needs meat?

Next up on my “recreation list,” is White Bean and Roasted Garlic Dip. Maybe I’ll try it out this weekend when we celebrate my father’s birthday!  Will keep you posted.

4 thoughts on “My New Love: Portobello Panini with Goat Cheese

  1. MAYA! For sure, girl. I totally thought of you when I was cooking this because I know how much you love meaty mushrooms! Who would have ever thought a fungus can taste so good … muhaha.

    I miss you tooooo!


  2. That panini looks delicious! I too am an Ellie fan. Came across her show by chance and am now hooked. I’ve made a bunch of her recipes lately both from her Food Network show and also from her cookbook. If you haven’t tried them yet, do because they were delicious!
    Roasted Red Pepper with Feta Fettucine
    Thai coconut curry halibut
    Salmon with Sweet & Spicy Rub (make the lentil dish that accompanies it–so good!)
    Sloppy Joe’s (hated these as a kid but hers have almost a chili texture and taste to them)
    Chicken Chop Suey (another I didn’t care for as a kid but this had all the flavor and crunch with the grease)

    Now I must run out to get some portabellos. Thanks for posting this!

  3. Hi Pam! Isn’t Ellie’s recipes great? Oh my, those recipes you tried sound amazing. I must try that roasted red pepper with fetta fettucine immediately 🙂

    Thanks for visiting my post and the message!


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