Pimiento Cheese Panini Recipe - Vegetarian Times

Pimiento Cheese Panini

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Pimiento cheese, a Southern favorite, travels west here with the addition of cumin and chili powder.

  • 6Servings

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. grated reduced-fat Cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup fat-free mayonnaise
  • 1 4-oz. jar diced pimientos, drained
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 12 slices pumpernickel sandwich bread
  • 1 medium zucchini, thinly sliced

Preparation

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.)

Nutrition Information

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