I was in the mood for a panini sandwich for dinner. I decided to marinate some flank steak in a balsamic, Dijon, and garlic marinade. Looking through my refrigerator and pantry I found an onion, mushrooms, mayonnaise, garlic, and blue cheese –all the ingredients you need for a tasty steak sandwich. I always make my panini sandwiches “dry” instead of coating them with oil and they turn out extra crispy without being greasy.
This was an excellent sandwich that we all enjoyed. My son and I had blue cheese. My husband, who doesn’t care for blue cheese, had Swiss and my daughter had no cheese. These sandwiches were easy to make with little clean-up.
How to Make a Flank Steak, Caramelized Onion, Mushroom, and Blue Cheese Panini
Flank Steak Marinade:
- Flank steak
- 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp brown sugar
- 3 cloves of garlic, minced
- Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
Roasted Garlic Mayonnaise:
- 1 bulb of roasted garlic
- Light Mayonnaise
- Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper
Make the roasted garlic (see link). Combine the mayonnaise, cooled roasted garlic (squeezed from the skin), sea salt, and fresh cracked pepper, to taste. Mix thoroughly. Refrigerate until needed.
- 1 tbsp olive oil (divided)
- 1 sweet yellow onion, sliced thick
- 15 button mushrooms
- 1 clove of garlic
- Thin slices of good bread
- Marinated flank steak
Heat half of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat then add the onion slices. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown. Season with sea salt to taste then remove from heat and set aside.
Grill the steak to your desired degree of doneness. Make sure to let the meat “rest” for at least 5 minutes prior to slicing. Slice steak against the grain into thin slices.
While the steak is grilling, heat the remaining oil in the large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms and leave them alone without stirring for 3-5 minutes. Stir them with a spatula and cook for an additional 3-4 minutes or until golden brown. Add the minced garlic and season with sea salt to taste, cook for an additional 60 seconds while stirring constantly. Remove from heat and set aside.
Preheat the panini maker. Slather the roasted garlic mayonnaise on each slice of bread, layer one slice of bread with thinly sliced flank steak, caramelized onion and mushrooms, cheese, and remaining slice of bread. Place dry sandwich on the panini maker and cook for 5 minutes. Slice in half and serve. Enjoy.
Click here for a printable version of this recipe – For the Love of Cooking.net