Roasted Vegetable and Goat Cheese Paninis

The slight sweetness of the roasted vegetables with an aromatic pesto pairs well with a robust Ontario goat cheddar cheese for this classic Italian sandwich.

4 large pieces roasted red pepper
8 pieces roasted zucchini
1/4 cup (125 mL) chopped, roasted onions
1 cup (250 mL) shredded Ontario goat cheddar
1/4 cup (50 mL) pesto
8 slices rustic bread
2 tbsp (25 mL) olive oil

Divide peppers, zucchini and onions over 4 of the slices of bread. Top each with cheese.

Spread pesto over remaining slices of bread and top to make 4 sandwiches. Brush sandwiches with oil and grill in pan or in a panini press until golden and cheese is melted.

Makes 4 sandwiches.

PER SERVING: about 390 cal, 16 g pro, 22 g total fat (7 g sat fat), 33 g carb, 7 g fiber, 20 mg chol, 500 mg sodium. %RDI: iron 15%, calcium 35%, vit A 20%, vit C 50%

Tip: You could substitute an equal amount of any of the many varieties of Ontario goat cheese (i.e. Brie, mozzarella, chevre, gouda)

Recipe Courtesy of Ontario Goat Cheese (