Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Homemade Panini Recipe (No Panini-Maker Needed!)

Get ready for a DIY food post! I'm going to show you how to make your own Panini at home. I realize that some of you will hate me for this, as you have jumped on the proverbial healthy eating bandwagon, but I'm just going to be honest and say that this recipe is totally worth jumping back off for. The kids and I love to eat at Panera on occassion, and I do love their paninis. But what's a girl to do when it's cold and/or snowing and you want a panini but don't feel like putting on real clothes to drive to Panera?

Make your own!

Here's what you need to make your own:

  • Two slices of bread (I used homemade, sliced thick)
  • Dijon Mustard (I like to use nice German mustard, but this was all we had on hand)
  • Mayo with Olive Oil (Again, we were out, but I had this packet in the cabinet!)
  • Slices of cheddar cheese
  • Slices of turkey (this was just the nicer deli kind from Costco)
  • Mini Babybel Light (optional)


You might not have a Panini Maker, but you probably do have a George Foreman Grill. You could even just use a frying pan! 

1. Add mayo to one slice of bread, and sliced cheddar and mustard to the other side.

2. Layer one side of the bread with turkey slices and another couple of dabs of mustard. Top with two thin slices of Babybel (optional)

3. You will now have a very large and thick sandwich, but don't worry!

4. Add sandwich to hot Foreman Grill or skillet. Cook until you hear the melted cheese sizzle (you'll have to flip your sandwich if you use a frying pan).

Your last step? To enjoy!

I love that I can make a yummy, restaurant-style sandwich without having to spend money on extra kitchen gadgets like a panini maker. Great paired with chips, sweet potato fries, a half sandwich/small cup of soup, or a pickle!

This is quite a hearty meal, so I don't suggest making it often. Maybe it's more of an occasional treat-type lunch.

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  1. I LOVE making panini at home. They are so easy and delicious!

  2. I received a Griddler for Christmas and we have been making paninis with it. Delish and so easy.

  3. I have the same grill as yours. Works perfectly. I actually use it just to make paninis!!

  4. Um, I'm STARVING...and the pictures didn't help!

    Looks delish - and I love me some Costco turkey! Will need to make this for dinner this week!

  5. Hey that's what I use too, looks deeeeeelicious!!

  6. That sandwich looks great! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet comment! I'm your newest follower, thanks again for stopping by...see ya soon.

  7. Ooh I never thought about using the George Foreman for this! Panera is pretty much my favorite...

  8. Oh my word, now I need to go to Panera for a panini!!! Looks awesome! Yummo!

  9. Yum! A panini hits the spot for dinner or lunch. Your version looks good and it's clever to use a George Foreman grill to make it.

    I don't have a special pan, so I press mine with a brick wrapped in foil. It leaves no pretty grill marks, but it still tastes good.

  10. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I think that I might need to buy George Foreman :). This is a great idea...I wouldn't have thought of it. I'm your newest follower. Thanks!

  11. Hungry now!! I forget how much I love a hot sandwich vs the usual:)

  12. This looks delish. Wish I could just grab through the screen and eat it. Thanks for sharing. I would love it if you could link this up to our linky party going on right now.


  13. Me likely panini. These look delicious!

  14. Brilliant! We have a Foreman grill! I so need to do this sometime! :)

  15. I love this because we use our George Foreman grill for the exact same thing. :) We grill all kinds of things on it and it's perfect for grilled sandwiches, or even quesodillas. :)

  16. I love a great panini and yours look great! This looks delicious! I'd love for you to stop by What's Cooking Wednesday (http://thekingscourt4.blogspot.com/2012/01/whats-cooking-wednesday-11112.html)and share this recipe! Feel free to stop by each and every Wednesday too... hope to see you there :)

  17. This looks so yummy! We would love to have you come share this at our weekly link pary every Saturday! -The Sisters


  18. These look awesome! I need to get a george forman grill now!!

  19. Yum! This looks delicious! I'd love for you to submit this to the M&T Spotlight http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

  20. This is indeed a very delicious panini recipe! Those food lovers will surely enjoy trying this. Thanks for sharing.


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