nutritional information

Per Sandwich:

  • Calories: 302
  • Protein: 16 g
  • Total Fat: 11 g
  • Saturated Fat: 7 g
  • Carbohydrates: 35 g
  • Cholesterol: 28 mg
  • Sodium: 873 mg
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Sugar: 4 g

Pimiento Cheese Panini

Serves 6

30 minutes or fewer

Pimiento cheese, a Southern favorite, travels west here with the addition of cumin and chili powder.
  • 8 oz. grated reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
  • ¼ cup fat-free mayonnaise
  • 1 4-oz. jar diced pimientos, drained
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • ½ tsp. chili powder
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 12 slices pumpernickel sandwich bread
  • 1 medium zucchini, thinly sliced

1. Stir together Cheddar, mayonnaise, pimientos, cumin, chili powder, and cayenne in bowl. Spread cheese mixture on 6 slices bread; top with zucchini and remaining bread slices. 

2. Spray panini with cooking spray. Coat skillet or grill pan with cooking spray, and heat over medium heat. Place panini in pan; weight with smaller-diameter saucepan weighted with 2 cans. Cook 2 minutes. Flip, replace weight, and cook 2 minutes more. (Or cook 4 minutes in panini maker.)

July/August 2011 p.36

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