Green Chile Steak Melt Panini

by on October 17, 2011

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If I were to ever lose my iPhone whoever found it would be privy to my ongoing list of sandwich ideas in my Notes app. I jotted down the concept for today’s Green Chile Steak Melt Paniniwhile on vacation in Santa Barbara a few months ago.

We had made our way to the Hollister Brewing Company in Goleta at the end of a long day of kite flying and butterfly chasing. I ordered a fantastic sandwich – the Spicy Steak Melt – with thinly sliced steak, chiles, onions, pepper jack and chipotle crema on a baguette. It was like an incredible southwestern cheese steak. It went straight into the Notes file to remind me to recreate my own version at home.

If you ever find yourself with leftover steak on hand (or feel like quickly grilling some New York strip), I highly recommend making these sandwiches. For my Spicy Steak Melt-inspired panini, I opted to caramelized the onions to bring in some sweetness. I dialed the spice level down a touch by going with Monterey Jack rather than pepper jack. Lastly, I converted the chipotle crema to a chipotle mayonnaise (which still has a touch of cooling sour cream in it). Just thinking about these now makes me glad it’s almost lunch time…and I have all the ingredients ready to make these again!

Green Chile Steak Melt Panini

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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Karly October 17, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Now this is my kind of sandwich. Seriously – amazing!
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2 Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) October 17, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Oh, yes, please. Love this combination of flavors — like a green chile cheeseburger in panini form!

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3 Kathy October 17, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Funny you should say that, Lydia – I actually recently ordered this combo at one of those build-your-own-burger places!

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4 Wenderly October 17, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Now that’s a sandwich I could sink my teeth into!
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5 Cookin' Canuck October 17, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Spicy, sweet, savory – this sandwich has it all and looks so darn good!
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6 Anna October 18, 2011 at 6:04 am

I love panini for girl talk Saturdays… What’s so cool about this is that this is a good recipe for all the leftovers the whole week. Sandwiches like this make me crave for longer weekends…

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7 Jeanette October 18, 2011 at 6:15 am

Now this is a sandwich that would satisfy my boys when they’re looking for some meat!
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8 Lana @ Never Enough Thyme October 18, 2011 at 11:10 am

Wow. That is one fantastic looking sandwich. Love everything about this!
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9 Ericka H. October 18, 2011 at 3:58 pm

I must make this now! I looks so good. I love any combination of meat, bread, cheese and chilies

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10 naomi October 20, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Oh my I love this! The green chile is a great idea.

And I’m with you, if anyone found my phone they would see a list of ideas for desserts.

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11 brandi October 21, 2011 at 7:13 am

green chiles, monterey jack and steak? sign me up!

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12 Kevin (Closet Cooking) October 25, 2011 at 5:33 pm

Now that is a tasty looking steak sandwich!

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13 james November 25, 2011 at 10:05 pm

I am so begging my wife to make this over the weekend.:)
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