Mushroom, Goat Cheese And Truffle Oil Panini

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 35 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Cook: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 sandwiches
Save Recipe

Ingredients

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

3 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped

1 pound mixed mushrooms, such as button, cremini, shiitake or oyster

1/2 pound fresh goat cheese, or other soft fresh cheese

2 tablespoons truffle oil*, optional

1 small focaccia loaf

1 small bunch arugula

Directions

  1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the garlic and 2 tablespoons thyme and cook for 1 minute. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring frequently, until they are browned and soft, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let them cool for about 15 minutes. Put the mushrooms into a food processor and pulse a few times until they are finely chopped. (Alternately, you can chop them on a board with a knife.) Scrape them into a bowl. Crumble in the goat cheese and add the remaining thyme. Pour in the truffle oil, if using, and mix well to combine.
  2. Cut the focaccia into 4 pieces, slice them horizontally, and drizzle with some olive oil. On the bottoms place 1/4 of the mushroom mixture and top with some arugula. Put the tops on and gently press each sandwich to flatten it slightly. Drizzle some more olive oil over the tops.
  3. Place each sandwich on a preheated panini press and grill until the bread is toasted and the cheese begins to melt, about 5 minutes. Alternately, preheat a dry cast iron or non stick pan. Place the sandwich in the pan and weight it down with another pan or a clean brick wrapped in foil. Grill 5 minutes, turn the sandwich over, re-weight it, and grill for another 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

Cook’s Note

*Can be found at gourmet and specialty food shops.

Get the Recipe

Perfect Cranberry Sauce

This ruby-hued sauce is a breeze to make with either fresh or frozen fruit.

Mushroom-Goat Cheese Spanakopita

Maine Lobster Macaroni Cheese with Truffle Oil

Goat Cheese-Mushroom Chicken Breasts

Wild Mushroom Ravioli with Eggplant and Goat Cheese

Goat Cheese Toasts

Grilled Mushrooms with Chile de Arbol Oil and Cotija Cheese

Rosemary and Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken with Wild Mushroom Sauce

Pizza with Parsley Pesto, Cremini Mushrooms, Fontina and Goat Cheese