Wild Mushroom Melt Panini

I never need much of an excuse to make grilled cheese, but a rainy day is about as perfect an excuse as you’re gonna get. The sky just opened up outside the coffee shop where I’m sitting right now. This is newsworthy stuff in San Diego.

I surprised even myself when I first decided to make these Wild Mushroom Melt Panini. Me, the one who is more commonly known to remove mushrooms from dishes. I’ll say this, though. In my experience, there aren’t many foods that can’t be remarkably enhanced by sautéing them in olive oil and butter with garlic and shallots and finishing them with some balsamic vinegar. Mushrooms, it turns out, are no exception.

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Silky wild mushrooms and shallots…melty Gruyère…toasted rye bread…this gray day just got a whole lot cozier!

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Wild Mushroom Melt Panini

Recipe by Kathy Strahs, PaniniHappy.com

Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 20 minutes | Total time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 panini


Sautéed Wild Mushrooms:

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced shallots
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2-1/2 cups sliced wild mushrooms, such as shiitake, chanterelle or porcini
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • Coarse salt and black pepper


  • 4 tablespoons butter, room temperature
  • 8 slices rye bread, sliced from a dense bakery loaf
  • 1/2 pound Gruyère or Swiss cheese, sliced


  1. Heat the olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat until the butter is melted. Add the shallots and garlic and cook them, stirring frequently, until they’re fragrant, about a minute. Add in the mushrooms, cooking and stirring occasionally until the mushrooms are tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in the balsamic vinegar and parsley and season with salt and pepper to taste. Remove the skillet from the heat and set it aside.
  2. Heat the panini maker to medium-high heat.
  3. For each sandwich: Spread butter on two slices of bread to flavor the outside of the sandwich. Flip over one slice and top the other side with cheese, sautéed mushrooms and more cheese. Close the sandwich with the other slice of bread, buttered side up.
  4. Grill the panini, two at a time, until the cheese is melted and the bread is toasted, 4 to 5 minutes.



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  1. Oh my goodness, yes. This is the panini of my dreams!

    Posted 10.11.12 Reply
  2. Angela wrote:

    This looks amazing! I’m imagining it with a cup of butternut squash soup…

    Posted 10.11.12 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

      Funny you should say that – I’m looking up butternut squash soup recipes right now!

      Posted 10.11.12 Reply
  3. A mouth-watering meal perfect for the fall season! I love using Shiitake mushrooms in my sandwiches. Thanks for sharing! Sounds like a perfect pairing with our Fresh Mushroom and Squash Bisque | http://ow.ly/eqmnG


    Posted 10.12.12 Reply
  4. J Gola wrote:

    This sounds FANTASTIC!

    Posted 10.12.12 Reply
  5. That truly looks amazing and very easy to make. I must say I already made a wild mushroom mix to put on toast so why indeed not put it in between two layers of bread and add some cheese.
    Life can be so simple sometimes 🙂

    Posted 10.12.12 Reply
  6. kellypea wrote:

    The rain was SO great, wasn’t it? And yep. This panino is perfect for such weather. I would be the last person on the planet to pick a mushroom from any dish. Awesome combo here, Kathy!

    Posted 10.13.12 Reply
  7. Now that’s comfort food with it’s party dress on! Those silky mushrooms and gooey cheese….

    Posted 10.14.12 Reply
  8. It’s a rainy day here today too and I would just love to have this sandwich on my table for lunch. Mushrooms are so good when they’re sauteed with shallots, and of course adding cheese just makes it even better!

    Posted 10.15.12 Reply
  9. Kamini wrote:

    Just made a pot of Thai butternut squash coconut soup last night which never got eaten cos we were nibbling all the way thru the debate…so this would be perfect with the soup for dinner tonite! Yum

    Posted 10.17.12 Reply
  10. Carolyn wrote:

    I luuuuuurve mushrooms sauted like that. That’s a gorgeous panini!

    Posted 10.18.12 Reply
  11. How am I just now seeing this?! I am obsessed with all things mushroom and can’t wait to bust out my panini press and give this beauty a try. Love it, Kathy!

    Posted 10.24.12 Reply
  12. A mushroom lovers sandwich for sure! I am in!

    Posted 10.31.12 Reply
  13. JulieD wrote:

    I love mushrooms and this panini looks amazing!! I really don’t understand the people who remove mushrooms from everything…I love them. 🙂

    Posted 10.31.12 Reply
  14. It’s 7am here and I am drooling over this recipe!!!

    Posted 11.7.12 Reply