Saturday, January 31, 2009

Chef Chuck's Panini

Super Bowl Panini

This simple panini is the perfect snack for your Super Bowl Sunday crowd. There is one major key to making a consistent, flavorful well balanced panini. You must always evenly distribute the ingredients. This is important not only because it ensures that you never have an unbalanced bite, but also because it keeps the panini mess-free and easy to eat. Never underestimate the importance of a panini structural integrity...there is nothing worse than loosing half of the fillings to your lap! For this panini, I used filet mignon, goat cheese, white onion, roasted red peppers, arugula, and a creamy horseradish mascarpone sauce !
Consider this the classiest Superbowl sandwich you've ever had. We substitute steak with portabella mushrooms for Nick, our beloved resident vegetarian.

Filet Mignon

Bring steaks to room temperature salt and pepper both sides get your pan hot and cook steaks 4 minutes on each side. Let rest 10 minutes covered and slice thin. I used roasted red peppers, fresh arugula with that peppery taste and white onions sliced thin. Since I use the panini press I like to use a soft cheese like goat cheese so it melts into the other ingredients. I also made a dressing using 2 parts horseradish 1 part mascarpone to spread on the bread.


  1. Absolutely Gorgeous, Chef Chuck! I think I definitely will make this for my hubby tomorrow while we cheer on those Cardinals to a winning victory!

  2. Hello LaDue and Crew, Thank you and enjoy,
    Go Cardinals!!

  3. thanks!
    Now this looks fantastic!!! I love Panini's! I make them every week! I shall have to try this one out!

  4. Hi Ash, I am glad you love Panini's, Enjoy, Thank You

  5. This isn't even close to a "simple panini"!!
    I would call it extravagent panini! Yumm!!!

  6. Hello Proud Italian Cook, Well it's simple to eat!
    I thank you for the complement, I will sell this panini uptown!