Grilled Cheese Bliss: Tomato Basil Vegan Panini with Roasted Pepper

Two things there are never enough of: hours in the day - and counter space in the kitchen.

Sorry waffle iron, ice cream machine and panini press, you guys are banned to the back of the cabinet shelf until I have use for you. My Vitamix, Nespresso, juicer and humble toaster own permanent spots. Lucky plug-ins. So when I crave a freshly grilled panini - I have to lug out my shiny, wide-bodied press. Not really fair when you take a look at what this simple machine (just plug and press!) can do to a few slices of bread and some sandwich toppings.

This vegan Tomato Basil Pepperjack Roasted Pepper Panini is one of my go-to favorites when I'm craving something in the "grilled cheese" family. It never disappoints...

Sometimes I will add just a few shreds of Daiya cheese (or even skip it altogether) and other times I'll pretty much empty however much is currently left in the bag (vegan cheese bonanza) - a downpour of silky vegan cheese shreds over top my Earth Balance slathered bread. Splurge.

But besides the grilled cheese euphoria that occurs based on my many childhood memories of the dish - I mostly love this panini for the combination of aromatic flavors - sweet basil, bold and juicy red roasted bell peppers - the kind you have to pry out of a jar and slice into thin shiny ribbons - bright tomato swimming with garden-fresh seeds, plenty of fine black pepper - maybe some harissa for extra spiciness - and sometimes some spinach stuffed in there too.

Pair this panini with a warm bowl of tomato or veggie soup for a meal to cheer up any average or gloomy day... Recipe for my roasted tomato soup..

Vegan Tomato Basil Pepperjack Roasted Pepper Panini

Kathy Patalsky

Published 05/01/2012

Vegan Tomato Basil Pepperjack Roasted Pepper Panini

This melty bliss vegan grilled cheese sandwich pairs aromatic basil with pepperjack Daiya and lively red tomatoes.


  • 2 slices bread (sourdough used)
  • 2 tsp vegan buttery spread - for outside of the bread
  • 5 thin slices of tomato
  • 1/4 cup (handful) of fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 - 1/3 cup pepperjack Daiya cheese shreds (vegan)
  • 2-3 thin slices roasted red or yellow pepper
  • 1/2 cup baby spinach
  • pinches of black pepper
  • optional: onions, harissa, lemon juice, other veggies


  1. Slather the vegan buttery spread on the outside sides of the bread.
  2. Warm up your panini press while you prep your veggies.
  3. Place one slice of bread, vegan butter side down on the panini. Add all the toppings and top with the other slice of bread, vegan butter side up.
  4. Press down on the panini press and grill for 2-4 minutes or until the cheese melts and bread toasts. Slice and serve

Yield: 1 panini

Prep Time: 00 hrs. 07 mins.

Cook time: 00 hrs. 05 mins.

Total time: 12 mins.


  • Calories: 377
  • Protein: 10g
  • Fat: 14g
  • Totalcarbs: 49g
  • Dietaryfiber: 5g

Tags: sandwich,vegan,grilled cheese,daiya

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