Real Men Cook: Steak & Fontina Cheese Panini with Chimichurri Sauce

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An amped up sandwich recipe using Grilled Fajita Steak, fontina cheese, and topped with a spicy fresh herb Chimichurri sauce for the ultimate Panini!

Happy Friday folks! Today is not only the first friday of the month, but it is also … da da da DA… REAL MEN COOK Day!

One of my favorite days of the month, because well, it gives my man a simple recipe to follow and gives this momma a night off. Can I get a HALLELUJAH!

Whenever I ask my husband what he wants to eat it is always one simple word… a sandwich. {well I guess thats two if you include the “a”}

To which I reply… “A sandwich, you are married to a food blogger and all you want is a sandwich… really? Give me a challenge!”

This man I married is so wonderfully complex but also so simple at the same time, especially when it comes to food. He could probably have a sandwich every night of the week and be perfectly content. Sometimes I think he was separated at birth from the Food Network Host “The Sandwich King”. But I digress.

When I decide to satisfy my mans “sandwich craving” I don’t do the typical turkey sandwich. I mean I’m a food blogger.. common! I always amp it up and todays recipe is no different.

Steak & Cheese Panini with chimichurri sauce #sandwichrecipes #panini #beef #cheese #texmex

This Steak & Fontina Cheese Panini is filled with juicy tender fajita flavored steak, topped with a buttery fontina cheese, and doused with zippy spicy chimichurri sauce. Then squished into a panini press where the bread gets all crunchy and the cheese starts to ooz out. Do I have you drooling yet? Cuz I am!

This is seriously “da bomb” of all paninis and totally the way to a mans heart! {at least so I’m told… hehe}

To get started, prepare 2 lbs. of fajita skirt steak and slice. {for grilled fajita skirt steak recipe – click here}. Set aside and prepare Chimichurri Sauce. In a blender add 1 cup of fresh parsley, 3/4 cup of fresh cilantro, 1/4 cup of fresh oregano, 3 garlic cloves, 2 teaspoons of red pepper flakes, juice of 1 lime, 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar, 1/2 cup of olive oil, salt & pepper. Blend until completely combined.

Steak & Cheese Panini with chimichurri sauce #sandwichrecipes #panini #beef #cheese #texmex

To assemble the panini, layer 1/2 cup of sliced fajita steak, 2 slices of fontina cheese, and 1 1/2 tablespoons of chimichurri sauce on a slice of bread. Top with another slice of sourdough bread. Repeat this process for the other 3 sandwiches.

Steak & Cheese Panini with chimichurri sauce #sandwichrecipes #panini #beef #cheese #texmex

Place in panini press and grill for 3-4 minutes or until cheese is melted. {if no panini press use an indoor grill or skillet to cook panini}

Steak & Cheese Panini with chimichurri sauce #sandwichrecipes #panini #beef #cheese #texmex

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Steak & Cheese Panini with chimichurri sauce #sandwichrecipes #panini #beef #cheese #texmex

Real Men Cook: Steak & Fontina Cheese Panini with Chimichurri Sauce

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 4 sandwiches
  • Category: Sandwiches, Beef, Panini, Real Men Cook

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. of fajita skirt steak {for recipe click here}
  • 1 loaf Sourdough Bread, sliced
  • 8 slices of fontina cheese

Chimichurri Sauce:

  • 1 cup of fresh parsley
  • 3/4 cup of fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup of fresh oregano
  • 2 teaspoons of red pepper flakes
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup of red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Prepare fajita skirt steak and slice. {for grilled fajita skirt steak recipe – click here}. Set aside.
  2. Prepare Chimichurri Sauce. In a blender add fresh parsley, fresh cilantro, fresh oregano, garlic cloves, red pepper flakes, lime juice, red wine vinegar, olive oil, and salt & pepper. Blend until completely combined.
  3. To assemble the panini, layer 1/2 cup of sliced fajita steak, 2 slices of fontina cheese, and 1 1/2 tablespoons of chimichurri sauce on a slice of bread. Top with another slice of sourdough bread.
  4. Repeat this process for the other 3 sandwiches.
  5. Place in panini press and grill for 3-4 minutes or until cheese is melted. {if no panini press use an indoor grill or skillet to cook panini}

An amped up sandwich recipe using Grilled Fajita Steak, fontina cheese, and topped with a spicy fresh herb Chimichurri sauce for the ultimate Panini! | joyfulhealthyeats.com

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39 Responses
  1. This looks amazing! I love seeing cheese oozing out of sandwiches. By the way I hear ya about your husband being very simple in only wanting simple eats. My bf is the same way; he has me going crazy and I keep telling him to give me a challenge. He sadly doesn’t get it. lol

  2. Okay, I am so trying this! Holy yum!! And that’s my husband too – he’s all about easy and could eat the same thing every night. So funny that they’re married to food bloggers and yet they don’t care as much about food, lol! This panini looks so delish, Krista! Pinned!

    1. haha… must be a guy thing. I want something different, special, and unique and he’s like “whatever.. a sandwich is great.” Silly boy! 🙂 So glad you enjoyed this recipe Jen, thanks for the pin chica.

      P.S. two weeks till we finally get to meet…eek!

  3. This is so awesome, he nailed it with this sandwich! And I am totally the same, I could literally be content with a sandwich every day of the week. Wait, I do that already. Tell him nice job!

  4. Seriously, this sandwich has me drooling everywhere. I just made a complete mess on my desk and now I can’t work. LOL 😉

    Great sandwich, Krista! Pinned. Have a lovely weekend.

    PS, 2 weeks!

    1. bahaha… love it. Totally made me laugh on that one Julie. 🙂

      Thanks for the pin sweet friend. Hope you have a great rest of the weekend as well… lots of cocktails because your celebrating cinco de mayo of course. hehe. 🙂

      P.S. Seriously can’t wait!

  5. I love fontina cheese and pairing it with steak and chimichurri in a sandwich sounds (and looks) like the bomb.

    PS REAL MEN COOK and real women fall for men who can cook…I’m living proof of that 😉

    1. haha… I KNOW Mike. I thought of you and Chris when I was writing this because both of you two are rockstars in the kitchen. And you are so right, when a man cooks for his lady its the way to her heart! Glad you liked the sandwich!

  6. This looks delicious and then some! I love fontina cheese, so you had me there, but with the sourdough bread and skirt steak…what can I say? Fantastic! Add Chimichurri Sauce, and it goes beyond fantastic…thanks for sharing!

  7. Great looking sandwich, it is a total meal! My guy would love it for breakfast, lunch, dinner or anytime. We just finished having ‘fajita bowls’ for dinner and had I viewed this recipe before cooking I think I would have made the sandwich choice instead. Oh, well…..next time. 🙂

  8. Hahaha my husband can live off the same few dishes if it were up to him too. He would totally go nuts over this sandwich – it looks flipping fantastic Krista! Between the chimichurri sauce, oozing cheese and gorgeous fajita steak – you totally nailed it girl! Pinning!

    1. Must be a guy thing. 🙂 But any girl would love this too, I may or may not be addicted to chimichurri sauce after this! 🙂 Thanks for the pin girl!

  9. I love your Real Men Cook idea — it’s great, and I’m sure you deserve a night off! 🙂 This sandwich looks fantastic and chimichurri is always one of my favorite condiments!

    1. Thanks Marcie, Chimichurri is one of my favorites too! I bet you know all too well like me that sometimes its just nice to have a night off, to not cook, or to worry about taking pictures of the meal.

  10. This sandwich has be drooling all over. Amazing. It takes your regular sandwich to a whole new level. Your husband has great taste! Hope you are having a good weekend 🙂

  11. love this sandwich, everything from the bread the sauce and the cheese! Whoa amazingness that I am checking out from super Saturday link party,. and this sure is super! Yummy 🙂
    Cathy

  12. What a great way to spice up a sandwich. Love the fontina with the chimichurri sauce. Great combo. I think I’ll surprise my husband with it this weekend. Thanks for sharing on Marvelous Mondays.

    1. Thanks so much Linda! The chimichurri is totally my favorite part of this sandwich, so delicious. Glad you enjoyed it, thanks for the sweet comments!

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