The Montreal Panini... Vegetarian Bell Pepper Pesto Panini
Posted Feb 22 2011 12:31pm
Something miraculous happened last night. My husband cooked for us on his day off after like 3 weeks. He was supposed to make Chole which are Indian Chickpeas in a Tomato Gravy, however he ended up making what I call... Hubby's Kale Chane aur Chole which translates to Hubby's Black Beans & Chickpeas. I thought I was the chef around the house, but surprisingly his dish was really good. Of course, I thanked him for cooking a great meal and hopefully that positive reinforcement will encourage him to cook for me once a week, here is to hoping! :-)
And now let's talk ITALIAN! Today I bring you Vegetarian Bell Pepper Pesto Panini. My inspiration for this deliciously amazing mind-blowing sandwich comes from a cute little cafe in Montreal named Claude Postel situated diagonally across the Notre Dame Cathedral. I was in Montreal last in 2004 and I've been meaning to make this sandwich for the past 7 years, I KNOW, talk about procrastination.
While going thru my refrigerator today I found some basil I recently purchased and instantly thought of making pesto. Pesto reminded me of that amazing sandwich at Claude Postel. Although I clearly remember there being red & green bell peppers, pesto, and cheese in the sandwich, I am not sure what else was in it. I had no luck locating an online menu for this incredible French Bakery. So I did the next best thing and added sliced tomatoes to this sandwich, I mean you really can't go wrong with sliced tomatoes, cheese, and pesto.
Just for this sandwich alone, I hope my husband and I can make a trip to Montreal this year. Montreal is truly one of the most beautiful cities in all of North America. The old cobblestone streets and French speaking city literally makes you feel as though you are walking the charming streets of Paris. The crazy part is I thought Montreal was slightly better than Paris, I know the Parisians will hate me. In any case, I love this panini so much that I named it, "The Montreal Panini."
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NUTRITION: Bell Peppers are a great source of Vitamins A, B6, and C. Tomatoes are a good source of Vitamins A and C. Cheese is a good source of Calcium and Protein. Whole Wheat Bread is a great source of Fiber and Protein. Basil is an excellent source of Vitamin K and a very good source of Iron, Calcium, and Vitamin A. Walnuts are an excellent source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids. Lemon is an excellent source of Vitamin C.