08 May 2015

Carrot and Apple Panini ...

Sprout Sara made me this sandwich last weekend when I visited her in Boston. She said she'd gotten the idea from a sandwich she'd grabbed in a small bar somewhere in Beantown on one of her nights out with friends. Whoever came up with this sammy combo is a genius! I loved it so much that I made them for SB and I last evening for light supper ... so good!

It all starts with a big bag of roasted carrots ... you make a carrot hummus that is sweet and spicy.

Slice an apple and make some thin slices of pepper jack cheese.

Choose a crunchy-crusted artisan loaf and cut enough for a couple sandwiches.

Spread both slices with carrot hummus and layer on the cheese, apple, and roasted carrot slices.

Lay on a generous mound of cilantro and top with a second layer of cheese.

Butter both sides of the panini sandwich and place on a heated grill pan. Weight the sandwich with a panini press or a heavy pot.  Flip and repeat to get a golden crunchy sammy!

TASTY !!!!!

Carrot Hummus


8 large carrots, peeled and chunked
olive oil, to coat the carrots and for drizzling
Kosher salt and black pepper
red pepper flakes, two good pinches
smoked paprika, a small pinch
juice of half a lemon
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 c. tahini

Making the Hummus:

1. Toss the peeled carrots with some olive oil, salt, the peppers and paprika. 
2. Place in a single layer on a cookie sheet and roast in a hot oven (400 degrees F) until they are knife tender and slightly blackened at the edges.
3. Cook slightly before placing in a food processor bowl with the rest of the ingredients.
4. Puree the mixture to a smooth consistency. Correct the seasonings, adding more of the lemon juice, salt and pepper. 
5. Drizzle in enough olive oil to make a looser hummus to your taste.
6. Use the hummus for sandwich spread or dip. Add dollops to a bowl of couscous with some green herbs. Be creative!


  1. OMG it's delicius!!
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. what an absolutely brilliant combination of ingredients and doesn't it look like the most wonderful sandwich!... it's the kind of thing I would adore but The Viking would turn his nose up at... funny that isn't it?

  3. yummm, look at all the cheese oozing out


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