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Provolone Pepperoni Pepper Panini

Provolone Pepperoni Pepper Panini – The best, most delicious panini prepared with provolone cheese, pepperoni, and peppers.

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Nom Nom Nom! That’s one gorgeous panini!

Today I am going to introduce you to Karen from Inspired Art of Cooking, and also the author of her very own cook book, Karen’s story.

Karen’s story is an inspirational one, and I urge you all to take a moment and read about it on her site.

“Karen came to a place of true acceptance of living with a chronic illness and traded the animosity for a life of meaning and purpose. She has chosen to overcome the obstacles in life, and through that, God has given her the passion to create recipes from scratch, and to live life to the fullest no matter how hard it is.”

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Cooking shouldn’t be an obligation. It’s meant to be enjoyable and creative. It’s about putting your personal touch into everything you make. Cooking isn’t black-and-white, but it’s meant to be a mixture from the entire spectrum. With my recipes, I allow you to play with your food again! In this panini recipe, I offer a range of measurements so that you can be the chef of your meal and decide how little or much flavor you desire in this sandwich. Like all of my recipes in my cookbook Karen’s story, alternative ingredients are listed below for vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free dieters, those with peanut allergies, as well as eaters with other dietary needs. You’ll also find plenty of helpful and fun tips below to aid in both preparation and food storage and to help save money, among others.

This recipe came about when I didn’t know what to cook one night. We had not been to the store, and the cupboard was nearly bare. I’ve discovered that I write some of my best recipes when making something out of nothing. This off-the-cuff recipes has become one of our family favorites, and I hope it becomes one of yours too.

Provolone Pepperoni Pepper Panini

Provolone Pepperoni Pepper Panini

Katerina | Diethood
The best, most delicious panini prepared with provolone cheese, pepperoni, and peppers. 
2 from 1 vote
Servings : 4 serves
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 25 mins

Ingredients
  

  • ¼ – ½ sliced onion
  • ¼ – ½ sliced bell pepper
  • 1-2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 slices pumpernickel bread
  • ¼ -½ lb deli-sliced pepperoni
  • 8-16 slices provolone cheese
  • ½- 1 Pesto store- bought or homemade (recipe below)
  • Homemade Pesto Ingredients
  • 1 bunch fresh basil
  • ½ bunch fresh parsley
  • 2-3 cloves grated/chopped garlic
  • ¼ – ½ cup peanuts/pine nuts
  • 1 lemon
  • ½ – ¾ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • ¼ – ½ cup extra virgin olive oil

Instructions
 

Pesto Preparation
  • In a food processor combine basil, parsley, garlic, pine nuts/peanuts, lemon zest with the juice from lemon and parmesan cheese.
  • While processing, pour in extra virgin olive oil. Add amount of oil to reach desired thickness. Makes roughly ¾ cup.
Sandwich Preparation
  • Turn on Panini/sandwich maker or place non-stick skillet over medium heat.
  • In a separate skillet on stovetop over medium- high heat, sauté onion and pepper slices with olive oil until onion is translucent and/or vegetables are tender.
  • Spread pesto on one side of each piece of pumpernickel bread.
  • On top of pesto side, layer 4 slices of bread with a couple of pepperoni slices and 1-2 slices provolone cheese. Spoon on onions and bell peppers.
  • Add another couple of slices of pepperoni on top of peppers and onions. Form a sandwich by placing a piece of bread on top, pesto side down.
  • Place in Panini/sandwich maker or skillet. Cook until cheese is melted. If cooking in skillet, flip sandwich halfway through.

Notes

WW Freestyle SmartPoints: 12
ALTERNATIVES:
Original Ingredient: Replace With:
bell pepper mild peppers (cubanelle, poblano, or Anaheim), medium heat to hot peppers (fresno, jalapeño, chipotle in adobo, serrano or habanero peppers), or any type of pepper
extra virgin olive oil vegetable oil, butter/margarine, or dairy-free margarine
pumpernickel bread brown rice bread, rice bread, or any type of sliced bread
deli-sliced pepperoni thinly sliced soy-based pepperoni, pancetta, prosciutto, salami, ham, corn beef, pastrami, turkey or prepackaged pepperoni
provolone cheese any type of sliced cheese or soy-based cheese
basil tarragon or mint
parsley chervil or cilantro
garlic cloves ¼ - ½ tsp garlic powder or ½ - 1tsp minced garlic
peanuts/pine nuts sunflower seeds, almonds, chickpeas (drain and dry), or any type of nuts
lemon lime
parmesan cheese soy-based cheese or any type of grated cheese

Nutrition

Calories: 375 kcal | Carbohydrates: 30 g | Protein: 19 g | Fat: 20 g | Saturated Fat: 10 g | Cholesterol: 38 mg | Sodium: 807 mg | Potassium: 248 mg | Fiber: 4 g | Sugar: 1 g | Vitamin A: 725 IU | Vitamin C: 24.8 mg | Calcium: 468 mg | Iron: 1.9 mg | Net Carbs: 26 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Sandwiches
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: panini recipes, pepperoni, sandwich recipes
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Alternatives

Original Ingredient: Replace With:
bell pepper mild peppers (cubanelle, poblano, or Anaheim), medium heat to hot peppers (fresno, jalapeño, chipotle in adobo, serrano or habanero peppers), or any type of pepper
extra virgin olive oil vegetable oil, butter/margarine, or dairy-free margarine
pumpernickel bread brown rice bread, rice bread, or any type of sliced bread
deli-sliced pepperoni thinly sliced soy-based pepperoni, pancetta, prosciutto, salami, ham, corn beef, pastrami, turkey or prepackaged pepperoni
provolone cheese any type of sliced cheese or soy-based cheese
basil tarragon or mint
parsley chervil or cilantro
garlic cloves ¼ – ½ tsp garlic powder or ½ – 1tsp minced garlic
peanuts/pine nuts sunflower seeds, almonds, chickpeas (drain and dry), or any type of nuts
lemon lime
parmesan cheese soy-based cheese or any type of grated cheese

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49 comments on “Provolone Pepperoni Pepper Panini”

  1. “Spread pesto on one side of each piece of pumpernickel bread.
    On top of pesto side, layer 4 slices of bread with a couple of pepperoni slices and 1-2 slices provolone cheese. Spoon on onions and bell peppers.”

    What? On top of pesto side, layer 4 slices of bread?
    Please explain

  2. Yes kate! That is a gergeous panini!!
    Tq for posting the recipe & introduce us to karen…
    I already enjoying my read in this short post by karen 🙂
    And I want u to know that u won an award at my site kate… congratulations!! 😉

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    Hester aka The Chef Doc

    What a wonderful and tasty panini! Who doesn’t love a good panini! The flavors are just outstanding in this one 🙂 Thank you so much for sharing it with us!

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      Karen Blake Peek

      Thank you for your comment. I hope you will love this panini as much as we do. The flavors just go together and taste so great. Thanks again for your post and I was happy to share with you all. Thanks for reading.

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    spcookiequeen

    Some of my favorites have been born out of desperation. Love the photos, will go say hi! Hoping you are having fun and have a great weekend.
    -Gina-

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      Karen Blake Peek

      Thanks for your post. It is great to hear that some of your best have come out the same way mine have. Thanks for the comment my pics. I hope you will love this recipe as much as we do. Thanks again for your post.

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      Karen Blake Peek

      Thank you so much for your comment. I hope you will love the panini. If you love my picture of it then I know you will love it even more. Enjoy and thanks for you post.

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