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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Beef & Cheddar Chipotle Panini

Olexa's in Mountain Brook is one of our favorite places to eat lunch.  We make it a point to try and eat there at least once a month.  It is the only place we eat that every table gets dessert!  

Olexa's is known for their cakes, but the food in the cafe is fantastic.  Chicken Leg's loves the Chicken Tomato Bacon Caesar Salad and the Portobello and Smoked Gouda Panini.  My favorite is the Beef & Cheddar Chipotle Panini.  I finally decided to make an at home version of the Beef & Cheddar Chipotle Panini.  (It pays to be the cook) It was fabulous!!  It tasted almost exactly like the original.  Now if I could only figure out how to recreate the cake!!

Today is Chicken Leg's birthday!  We celebrated a few days early with a cake from Olexa's, of course.  He requested his favorite - chocolate cake with vanilla icing.  I only got two small slices - the boy loves his cake!

Beef & Cheddar Chipotle Panini
(Printable Recipe)

4 slices soft sourdough bread (Pepperidge Farm)
6-8 slices deli roast beef
4 slices cheddar cheese
1/4 cup ranch dressing
1 tsp adobo sauce from canned chipotle peppers

Mix together ranch dressing and adobo sauce.  Set aside.

Preheat grill pan or skillet over medium heat. Generously butter one side of a slice of bread. Top unbuttered side with 1 slice of cheese, half of the roast beef slices, chipotle ranch sauce and finish with another cheese slice . Place bread butter-side-down onto skillet bottom.   Butter a second slice of bread on one side and place butter-side-up on top of sandwich. Grill until lightly browned and flip over; continue grilling until cheese is melted.   *I use a grill press to squoosh the sandwich down*

Repeat with remaining ingredients.

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  2. Yum! This sandwich reminds me of Dead End BBQ's Tennessee Cheddar and Beef except theirs uses sliced brisket.


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