Monster Muenster Panini

  • 15min
    prep time
  • 20min
    total time
  • 4

The mad scientists at D Bar turned an ordinary panini into a Muenster! Roast beef, pastrami, caramelized onions and Tillamook Muenster Cheese, topped with a frighteningly good homemade dressing.

“Panini and grilled cheese sandwiches are nothing new but for some reason you rarely, if ever, see Muenster cheese used on them. Muenster cheese reminds me of Germany which makes me happy. Combine that with caramelized onions, roast beef, pastrami and a homemade ’1000 island‘ style dressing instead of the sugary store bought kind on toasted buttery sourdough and you’re talking about a seriously delicious sandwich!” – Keegan Gerhard of D Bar Desserts

Let's Make This Recipe!

  • Sandwich Dressing
  • ¾ cup mayonnaise or Vegenaise
  • ¼ cup Tillamook Premium Sour Cream
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon dill relish
  • 1 teaspoon sweet pickle relish
  • 1 teaspoon dried onion flakes
  • ½ teaspoon roasted garlic or ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 3-4 good shakes of Tabasco sauce
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • Panini
  • 8 slices good quality sourdough sandwich bread
  • ½ cup sandwich dressing (see recipe above)
  • ½ cup aioli or mayo
  • 8 Tillamook Muenster Cheese Slices
  • 8 oz rare roast beef, sliced thinly
  • 8 oz pastrami, sliced thinly
  • Kosher pickles, as desired
  • ½ cup caramelized onions
  • melted Tillamook Unsalted Butter
  • Sandwich dressing
  • Step 1

    In a bowl, combine the mayonnaise, sour cream, ketchup, relishes, onion, garlic, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, Tabasco, and black pepper to taste.

  • Step 2

    Mix well! Makes about 2 cups dressing.

  • Assemble the sandwich
  • Step 1

    For each Panini: on one slice of bread, spread sandwich dressing, while on the other, spread aioli or mayo.

  • Step 2

    Layer Muenster cheese, roast beef, and pastrami, then top with pickles and caramelized onions. Close the sandwich.

  • Step 3

    Brush outer sides of sandwich generously with melted Unsalted Tillamook Butter.

  • Step 4

    Press on Panini grill or toast in pan or on flattop grill.

  • Step 5

    Serve with garlic parmesan fries, sweet potato fries or small side salad.

Recipe By

Keegan Gerhard

Opened in 2008 by Keegan Gerhard and Lisa Bailey, D Bar is a favorite getaway for those who love dessert, food, wine, and lively conversation. By day, D Bar is a tasty pastry shop and café, and by night becomes a dessert and wine bar with an abundance of culinary delights!

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