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A roast beef sandwich is served up panini style with a quick homemade coleslaw with sundried tomatoes and melty cheddar cheese.

Roast Beef and Slaw Panini on Taste and Tell

Photos Updated May 2014

Originally posted January 16, 2009 – Summer is right around the corner, which means lots of activities and less time in the kitchen. I like to stock up on sandwich recipes for those nights when there is just not enough time to make a big meal. This one is a husband favorite and one that he requests when he knows it’s sandwich night!

Back when I had a 9 to 5 job, I always had grand ideas of how my days would go if I didn’t have to work and I could just be a stay at home wife. Those ideas included getting up early, but not too early, to go to the gym, getting home and doing some housework, baking treats, organizing my home, and working on all kinds of projects and hobbies that I’d like to get to but never seem to have the time. Also included in my day would be time to make a healthy lunch, and also time to prepare dinner to be on the table for my husband when he got home from work.

Wow – was I wrong about how things would actually go!! I don’t even have a child yet, and even though I get to be a stay at home wife before I get to become a stay at home mother, my days seem to fly by without anything getting done. I still struggle to keep up with the laundry, I haven’t even started organizing anything yet, and hobbies and projects?? Yeah, right. There still is just not enough time in the day.

Along with all of my other misconceptions, I have found that I mostly just snack throughout the day – sometimes even forgetting to eat at all, depending on how busy I am. I thought I’d have time to make myself a delicious lunch each day, but that just doesn’t really happen. So I thought I’d do something about this and I asked for a panini press for Christmas. I was so excited to try my new gift out, and I’m happy to say, it’s had quite a bit of use these last few weeks, even if most of the time it has been to make a quick dinner for my husband and I.

This recipe actually didn’t even start out as a panini. The original recipe has the sandwich made in a pita pocket. I ate my original sandwich that way, but my husband asked if he could have his as a panini. I obliged, and was pleasantly surprised to find that I liked it much better that way. I kept sneaking tastes of his sandwich!!

So the next day at lunch, I decided to actually sit down to a homemade lunch, and I made up the same sandwich that I made my husband the night before. And I loved every bite. Served with a side of oven baked sweet potato fries, my lunchtime was just as I had always imagined it would be. Maybe I need to take time out of my day more often for a delicious lunch!!

Roast Beef and Slaw Panini

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Roast Beef and Slaw Panini
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A roast beef sandwich is served up panini style with a quick homemade coleslaw with sundried tomatoes and melty cheddar cheese.
Serves: 4 sandwiches
  • ¼ cup sundried tomatoes, drained well and rinsed
  • 1½ cups packaged coleslaw mix (shredded cabbage and carrots)
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon prepared deli horseradish
  • ½ tablespoon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon caraway seeds
  • ½ pound deli roast beef, thinly sliced
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese
  • 8 slices whole-wheat bread
  • butter
  1. Cut sundried tomatoes into thin strips.
  2. In a bowl, combine the sundried tomatoes, coleslaw mix, mayonnaise, horseradish, mustard and caraway seeds. Mix well.
  3. Preheat a panini press. Lightly butter the outsides of each slice of bread. For each sandwich, use ¼ of the roast beef, a slice of cheese, and ¼ of the slaw mix. Place sandwiches, buttered side to the press, and press until the sandwich is toasted and the cheese is melted.

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40 Responses to Roast Beef and Slaw Panini

  1. Brilynn says:

    I have no clue where the hours go in a day. I have a stack of books I’ve been trying to read and have just not gotten to most of them because it seems as though there is always about 10 other things that need to be done.
    I definitely need to use my sandwich press more often…

  2. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Time passes way too fast… It seems like I never get to do what I want!

    Nice panini! Really scrumptious!



  3. PaniniKathy says:

    Congrats on the new press – happy grilling! 🙂

  4. Dawn says:

    I would love to have a press. The sandwich combo’s are endless.
    I love slaw on any sandwich. I love putting it on my sloppy joes too.
    So, this sandwich you have here is really right up my flavor-tastebud alley.

  5. glamah16 says:

    I can imagine your exhausted with the pregnancy. You are your own boss now, so you are not on a clock. That Panini lloks scrumtious right about now.

  6. Donna-FFW says:

    I am so with you on the time issue. I have 4 children, all under 11, and I have 8 every toher weekend. I cherish my spare time during the days when they are at school( 6 hours).. but it feels like 5 minutes. This panini sounds great and looks even better!! Great combo!

  7. MeetaK says:

    i hear you on this. when i took a little break form work last year i too thought i could do everything i wanted to and couldn’t because work got in the way! no way! but i do love your sit down lunch. next time give me a shout when you make such delicious lunches!

  8. Practically Perfect... says:

    Oh my gosh, that looks delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe 🙂

  9. kristina says:

    I just got a panini maker too! I’ve wanted one for ages. But now I’m going to have to wait til I’m back home again to try it out. K x

  10. Sylvie says:

    Mmmhhhh, that looks good. I know what you mean about not getting things done. I don’t work on Fridays and always have great plans to get on top of things or just to do something nice and most of the time it just doesn’t happen.

  11. HoneyB says:

    Oh yum! Just the word panini sounds great!

  12. Patsyk says:

    I have a panini maker as well, but haven’t made any in awhile… I’m thinking that’ll be lunch this weekend! Your sandwich looks so filling!

  13. Madam Chow says:

    Wow- most of your post sounded like MY life! And I”ve been on a panini kick the past week. I felt I needed a change from cup ‘a noodles!

  14. kat says:

    Funny, when I got to start staying home I figured I would have all the time in the world to do the projects I had in my head but it seems like the first year just slipped away from me. This year I’m making a real effort to try to use my time better.

  15. Paula says:

    I totally hear you about ideas vs. reality on the home front. Glad to hear I’m not alone! I totally covet your panini press as well as this sandwich. I love the coleslaw part, and the crust on that bread looks terrific. YUM!

  16. Shayne says:

    we are big panini eaters areound here and pesto is always great on paninis…I think yours look really good too.

  17. StickyGooeyCreamyChewy says:

    Great sandwich! I just love to make meals like that. My Griddler is my best friend! 😉

  18. KJ says:

    Glad to hear that I am not the only one to have experienced this. Where does time go? Lunch is always the most difficult meal of the day. A lovely press like this would make it a whole lot easier. That sandwich looks great.

  19. Gretchen Noelle says:

    This looks super tasty! I have never used a press, but it certainly looks worth it!

  20. Jenny says:

    Looks so good Deborah! I love the photo too. Have a great weekend!

  21. Grace says:

    i’m pretty sure that in all my life, i’ve never forgotten to eat. 🙂
    i think your sandwich looks awesome, especially the perfectly-crunchy bread.

  22. Tiffany says:

    You ain’t lyin!!! I dreamed of all the great scrapbooking I’d get done…all the baking…creative lunches….PSHAW! I’m doing good if we all have our teeth brushed, and clean dishes at the end of the day. It’s not at ALL what I pictured in my mind!!

    I think it’ll get easier when my kiddos are older….but right now..a toddler..FORGET about it!!

  23. Maria says:

    Time does fly! I love paninis! And the sweet potato fries are my favorite!

  24. ~~louise~~ says:

    I’m still trying to catch up on my someday list and I took an early retirement ten years ago. I must say the Panini looks quite tempting. I suppose un-planned time does have a way of producing some might good lunches! Thanks for sharing…

  25. Abby says:

    It looks great, and I’m impressed you’re still cooking. (GREAT pic, too!)

  26. Aimée says:

    Mm, can you come over and make us some paninis? 🙂 We’re always running out of time around here and have way too many projects on the go. Oh well, I would rather that than be unchallenged!

  27. ashley says:

    oh yum! looks fabulous!

  28. Chocolate Shavings says:

    That looks like a nice lunch! I know what you mean about finding the time to sit down and enjoy a homemade lunch… but the fact that it’s not easy to do everyday makes it feel even better when you do get a chance to sit down, relax, and enjoy delicious food!

  29. Darius T. Williams says:

    I can totally see me ordering this – but you need to have some kind of awesome dip too – something cream based. I know, that totally contradicts this being kinda healthy – but let’s call the dipping sauce optional – lol.

  30. Elle says:

    Somehow, being at home seems to mean you have less time than you did when you worked…at least in my experience. We all forget that Martha Stewart has lots of helpers.
    This lunch sounds soooo delicious and healthy, too. The sun-dried tomatoes are inspired!

  31. Kristen says:

    What a great post, and so true no matter what you do during the day. It flies by!
    That looks like one delicious sandwich. Love this pic too! Well done 🙂

  32. Kevin says:

    Great looking andwich!

  33. kimberleyblue says:

    Sounds great! I love sandwiches, and this one just speaks to me, for some reason.

    (and the panini suggestion is perfect for that type of sandwich – though i would’ve melted some cheese in there…)

  34. Aubri says:

    We have these panini's quite often at our house! Love love love 'em! Tonight I added a little bit of sliced mild red onion…mmmmm. Thanks for the recipe!

  35. So glad you posted this one again, making this for sure. Incredible!

  36. cheri says:

    Time does fly that’s for sure, I love staying home and I am always busy. My husband would love this Panini.

  37. Chels R. says:

    I’m not a roast beef person. I think Arby’s as a kid ruined me. But Josh loves it and I bet this is a panini he would really enjoy.

  38. That looks downright delicious Deborah! My sort of sandwich.
    Pinning for sure!
    Have a beautiful day!

  39. These look amazing! As of right now I use my George Foreman Grill to make paninis…someday I will cross all the kitchen gadgets I want off my list.

  40. Using the pre-packaged coleslaw is so brilliant! It saves so much time yet it’s creative and you’re still getting all your healthy veggies in!
    I’m certainly going to use this idea next time I’m running low on time 🙂

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