A creamy spread of cannellini beans cooked with onion, garlic and white wine is the perfect match for tender braised greens. Press these ingredients between pieces of crusty Great Harvest whole-wheat bread and you have the most outstanding vegan panini in Nashua, New Hampshire!
2 bunches of hearty greens, such as kale or collards
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 large leeks, sliced 1/4-inch thick, white and light green parts only
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1 cup vegetable broth
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 spring onion bulbs or 3 shallots, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 1/2 cups cooked cannellini beans
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- To prepare and braise the greens: Strip leaves from stalks. Stack and slice the leaves into 1-inch strips. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add leeks and cook, stirring, until softened, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon each salt, pepper and crushed red pepper. Add the sliced greens and broth. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the greens are very tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Uncover. If there’s any liquid left in the pan, continue cooking for another minute or two until it is nearly gone.
- To prepare bean spread: Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons oil in a saucepan over medium heat. Add onions (or shallots) and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, 2 to 3 minutes. Add wine and cook until most of it is evaporated, 3 to 6 minutes. Stir in beans and 1/8 teaspoon each salt and pepper; cook until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Puree the bean mixture in a food processor until nearly smooth.
- To prepare panini: Coat one side of each slice of bread with butter. With the butter side down, spread equal portions of the bean puree on 6 slices of bread. Top each with equal portions of the braised greens. Top with the remaining pieces of bread, butter-side up. Press in a panini maker until hot and crispy. Add a dessert of Strawberry and Rhubarb Cobbler and you have a full Spring meal!
An amazing panini requires the freshest, quality ingredients, and at Great Harvest you will find the best bread in Nashua,NH, where we mill our whole grains every day to make the flour that it’s used to prepare our delicious breads. If you would like to know what are we baking today, please call (603) 881-4422.