Cheezy Vegan Tomato Panini Sandwich

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This is something I remember having when I was REALLY YOUNG at school. They used to sell toasted sandwiches with a thin layer of tomato and cheese, and they were always so delicious.

This also reminds me that during my primary school years, we had this super kind lady (she was the grandmother to one of my class-mates) and always gave us free food.

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I love digging into nostalgia sometimes and food can really be a great memory.

I knew that because amazing things like vegan cheese exists, I would be able to recreate the awesome toasted sandwich. Though, it was a challenge with figuring out how to make a toasted sandwich WITHOUT a sandwich toaster, or a panini maker or anything like that.

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But let me give you a bit of warning, DO NOT touch the iron grill when it’s hot. IT WILL BURN YOU! Luckily I didn’t touch until about 20 minutes after I turned off the heat, and even then it semi burned my hand. I had no idea it would be so hot, treat it like an oven and use oven mittens!

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Cheezy Vegan Tomato Panini Sandwich

8 slices multigrain whole wheat bread
Canola oil cooking spray
1 Roma tomato
1/2 cup vegan mozzarella cheese (eg Daiya)
A sprinkle Himalayan/sea salt
A sprinkle ground pepper

Defrost the bread slices if they’ve been in the freezer. This may take a while, so do this step a couple hours early to give yourself enough time.

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Slice the tomato into very thin, round circles. Place them in a bowl and measure out the vegan cheese.

Prepare a iron grill and spray the bottom with some non-stick cooking oil (I used Canola). Alternatively, you can use a panini press or other type of sandwich maker.

Spray all the bread slices with a little bit of cooking oil on each side. Put two slices of bread on the grill.

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On the side facing up, add 2-3 thin slices of tomato, and a small handful of vegan cheese. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper, then press another piece of bread on top.

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Turn the heat to medium high (6, or just under, stove should not be red).

Use some kind of flat thing to press the sandwiches down. I used a flat spatula. You can use stuff like a potato masher, or even panini press.

After cooking on one side for about 10-12 minutes (the grill takes time to heat up), check the bottom and see if it’s got some lines running through. If so, flip it over very carefully and press down again so the other side can cook. Let the sandwiches sit in the grill for another 3 minutes or so and remove it. The second side should take much shorter time to brown, as the grill is already very hot by then. Though, it’s best to check at all times to see if anything has been overcooked.

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Cheezy Vegan Tomato Panini Sandwich
Serves: 4
 

Ingredients
  • 8 slices multigrain whole wheat bread
  • Canola oil cooking spray
  • 1 Roma tomato
  • ½ cup vegan mozzarella cheese (eg Daiya)
  • A sprinkle Himalayan/sea salt
  • A sprinkle ground pepper

Instructions
  1. Defrost the bread slices if they’ve been in the freezer. This may take a while, so do this step a couple hours early to give yourself enough time.
  2. Slice the tomato into very thin, round circles. Place them in a bowl and measure out the vegan cheese.
  3. Prepare a iron grill and spray the bottom with some non-stick cooking oil (I used Canola). Alternatively, you can use a panini press or other type of sandwich maker.
  4. Spray all the bread slices with a little bit of cooking oil on each side. Put two slices of bread on the grill.
  5. On the side facing up, add 2-3 thin slices of tomato, and a small handful of vegan cheese. Sprinkle a little salt and pepper, then press another piece of bread on top.
  6. Turn the heat to medium high (6, or just under, stove should not be red).
  7. Use some kind of flat thing to press the sandwiches down. I used a flat spatula. You can use stuff like a potato masher, or even panini press.
  8. After cooking on one side for about 10-12 minutes (the grill takes time to heat up), check the bottom and see if it’s got some lines running through. If so, flip it over very carefully and press down again so the other side can cook. Let the sandwiches sit in the grill for another 3 minutes or so and remove it. The second side should take much shorter time to brown, as the grill is already very hot by then. Though, it’s best to check at all times to see if anything has been overcooked.


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4 comments

  1. Lynn

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