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Fontina Panini with Mushrooms & Leeks

Created by Cooking w/ Julie
This “grilled cheese for grownups” features flavorful sautéed mushrooms, leeks, and thyme paired with nutty, creamy, meltingly luscious imported Fontina cheese.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 1


  • 1 TB butter divided
  • 1/2 cup sliced leeks
  • 1/2 cup sliced cremini mushrooms
  • 1/2 tsp minced fresh thyme
  • pinch salt & pepper
  • 2 slices country bread
  • 1/2 cup grated imported Fontina cheese


  • Add 1 tsp butter to a small skillet over medium heat, add leeks, mushrooms, thyme, salt, and pepper and sauté for 5-7 minutes or until softened and starting to brown. 
  • Remove from pan to a small bowl and wipe pan clean.
  • Spread each slice of bread with 1 tsp butter on one side only.
  • Place cheese on one slice bread (buttered side down), top with sautéed mushroom mixture and 2nd slice of bread (buttered side up).
  • Return sandwich to the pan over medium heat for 2-3 minutes per side to toast bread and melt cheese.
  • Cut in half or quarters and serve.
Keyword fontina cheese, Fontina Panini with Mushrooms & Leeks, grilled cheese, panini sandwich