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Southwestern Beef Panini Recipe

Southwestern Beef Panini Recipe

This fast favorite will hit the spot, particularly when you're short on time. Shredded beef, spicy Jack cheese and sauteed onion and green pepper are sandwiched between slices of hearty bread, then lightly grilled in a panini pan.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:4 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (17 ounces) refrigerated fully cooked beef roast au jus
  • SAUCE:
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced jalapeno pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced cilantro
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) sour cream
  • SANDWICHES:
  • 1 medium green pepper, cut into strips
  • 1 onion, cut into thin wedges
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 8 slices firm Italian or sourdough bread (1/2 inch thick)
  • 1 medium ripe avocado, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 8 to 12 slices deli-style pepper Jack cheese

Directions

  • 1. Prepare roast beef according to package directions; drain. Shred beef using 2 forks; set aside. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine sauce ingredients; set aside.
  • 2. In a panini grill with lid, cook pepper and onion in oil until tender. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • 3. Butter one side of each slice of bread. Place four slices, buttered side down, on work surface. Top each slice with 1-2 slices of cheese, one-quarter of each shredded beef, pepper and onions, avocado and about 2 tablespoons sauce.
  • 4. Top with remaining bread, butter side up. Cover and cook over medium heat about 4 minutes or until golden brown, turning once. Serve warm. Yield: 4 sandwiches.
Editor's Note: Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 854 calories, 55 g fat (26 g saturated fat), 168 mg cholesterol, 1,482 mg sodium, 50 g carbohydrate, 7 g fiber, 41 g protein.