I just recently started working in a cute coffee shop that sells so many yummy sandwiches and paninis. A majority of them have meat in them, which inspired me to come up with a hearty vegetarian panini. What I came up with was this cranberry field roast panini! If you don’t know what field roast is, Field Roast is a company that creates faux meat products, and they are surprisingly delicious! I used their Celebration field roast, which is a roast style of “meat” seasoned and stuffed with a combination of squash, grain, mushrooms, and granny smith apples. I highly suggest checking it out! If you cannot find them in the refrigerated section of your grocery store, they will definitely be in an organic food store like Whole foods or Trader Joes. With the blend of sweet and savory flavors, and that sensation of biting into a big sandwich, this is one meal you could easily serve to meat eaters and veggie heads alike.
- 1 celebration field roast
- Dash of assorted spices (ie: oregano, onion salt, thyme, etc)
- 2-4 Tablespoons Olive oil
- 1 loaf of Panini bread
- Sliced Havarti cheese (1-2 slices per sandwich)
- 1 small bag of spinach leaves
Cranberry Cream Cheese Ingredients:
- 1 8 oz. package of fat-free cream cheese
- 1 can cranberry sauce
- 1/3 cup dried cranberries (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
- In a small bowl combine 2 tablespoons of olive oil with sprinklings of your favorite spices- Ex: onion salt, crushed black pepper, thyme, oregano, etc.
- Place the field roast on a baking sheet. Brush the sheet and baste the field roast with the olive oil and spice mixture using a pastry brush.
- Bake the field roast for 20- 30 minutes, or until golden brown on the outside and warm all the way through. (follow the basic baking instructions on the package)
- While the field roast is cooking wash your spinach leaves.
- In a medium sized bowl slowly combine the cream cheese and cranberry sauce. Start with 3 tablespoons of cream cheese and 1 tablespoon of cranberries, mixing completely. Slowly increase the quantity of each until a desired amount of cranberry cream cheese has been made.
- Toast or bake your bread as desired.*
- Assemble your panini by placing a slice of Havarti cheese on one half of the bread, and spreading cranberry cream cheese on the other half. Stack a handful of spinach leaves on top of the cheese and two slices of the field roast on top of that.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
Notes and Tips!:
- I purchased a loaf of Panini bread from the bakery section of my grocery store that had been pre-baked, but not completely. It required baking for about 12 minutes at 350 and then was toasted and delicious. If you can find something similar I highly suggest it!
- The field roast can be stored in an airtight container or Ziploc bag in the refrigerator for several days and stay fresh.
- If you have left overs, like I did, these same ingredients make a delicious salad! Slice two strips of field roast and microwave them for 1 minute. Dice them up, toss them over a bed of spinach leaves, crumble some Havarti on top, and use the cranberry sauce as the dressing! It’s delicious!
- Check this out for another recipe that uses this same cranberry cream cheese!
- For more information on Field Roast visit their website.