Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Vegan Mushroom & Onion Flatbread Panini Melts:

I hope that you all are having an awesome day! If you're in the U.S., please don't forget to vote! A lot of people have sacrificed their lives and have worked very hard in order for us to have the right to vote, so please make time to get to the polls. And though I do not intend to use this blog as a forum for my political beliefs, I will urge you to educate yourselves on the candidates and issues before you go, but that's all I'm going to say on that. ☮

I had to take these pictures before class this morning, so they're not great, but these paninis taste delicious. They're melty, gooey, and really savory. The soy sauce and Daiya cheese both add a lot of flavor, so no other seasonings are necessary. However, I did add a dash of garlic salt for good measure.


2 cups white mushrooms, sliced
2 sweet yellow onions, sliced
1 cup falafel mixture (recipe below)
2/3 cup Daiya Mozzarella Cheese
2 1/2 tbsp. soy sauce, divided
1 clove garlic, minced
Dash of garlic salt
2 premade flatbreads or tortillas

Serves 2.
Total Cook Time: 25 minutes.


1. Preheat your panini press or grill to high. Add the onions, garlic, and 2 tablespoons of soy sauce to a medium sauce pan, and cook on medium to medium-high heat for about 5 minutes.

2. Add the mushrooms and remaining soy sauce in with the onions, and continue cooking for another 5 minutes. Turn the heat to high, and heat until most of the liquid has evaporated out of the pan. (We don't want soggy flatbread!)

3. Spread 1/2 cup of the falafel mixture over 1/2 of each flat breads, add the onions and mushrooms, and top with the Daiya cheese.

4. Fold the flatbread in half and grill either in your panini press, regular grill, or in a skillet on medium high or high heat until the Daiya is melted and the paninis are golden-brown, 5 to 7 minutes.

Falafel Mixture Recipe:

1 (15oz.) can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed (reserve a tsp. of liquid)
1/3 cup sweet onion, sliced
2 cloves garlic, peeled and halved
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 tsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. cumin
1 tsp. coriander
1 tsp. parsley
1/4 tsp. coarse kosher salt
Dash of cayenne pepper

Makes 1 1/2 cups of falafel mixture.

Process the onions, garlic, and olive oil in food processor until very fine. Add the garbanzo beans, cumin, coriander, parsley, salt, and cayenne pepper. Process it until the mixture is pretty smooth. Stir in the breadcrumbs (this will help keep the mixture from falling apart).

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