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Grilled Sandwiches – Panini

We LOVE grilled sandwiches at our house! There is just something so comforting about melted cheese, meat, and veggies wrapped in a crisp crusted bread. They are very easy to make, and great for hot summer nights when you don’t want to heat up the house making dinner. The only limit is your imagination!

Panini (which means ‘sandwich’ in Italian) is a grilled, pressed sandwich made with a special grill. These sandwiches are easy to eat because they are thin, but bursting with flavor!

Grilled Panini


You don’t have to have a special panini grill, we use our small George ForemanGrill it works perfectly, but I can only make 1 or 2 sandwiches at a time on it.

There is the larger George Foreman Next Grilleration and I bet you could get up to 4 sandwiches on it.

Any way you go, these grills are pretty inexpensive and help you make great sandwiches at home!

Our favorite sandwiches right now:

*Ciabatta bread (or thin sliced Italian bread)
*Chicken (deli sliced, or I really like to buy a rotisserie chicken and pull it apart for sandwiches)
*pre-cooked Bacon
*Cheese – we like Pepper Jack or Sargento Chipotle Cheddar
*Ranch Dressing
*Hot Sauce
*Tomato slice

Preparation:

Slice bread open.

Layer, chicken, pre-cooked bacon, cheese and tomato on one slice of bread.
Spread ranch dressing on other slice of bread and sprinkle with a little hot sauce and place on top.

Grill sandwich on a dual contact indoor grill, a panini maker, or just in a skillet, pressing down gently as the sandwich cooks. When bread is crisp and golden brown, cut sandwiches in half and serve immediately.

Of course these can be made to everyone’s liking……in our house, I’m the only one who adds the tomato, my youngest is usually the only one who adds the hot sauce, and my oldest doesn’t like the bacon on hers…..But that’s what’s great about a meal like this, it’s easy to let everyone make their own!!

Do you grill sandwiches? I’d love to hear some more flavor combos!
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37 comments

  1. I love grilled cheese myself…I would LOVE to travel to Ohio to visit MELT, which is heaven in grilled cheese land. Check them out sometime.

    I would love to!!!!

    Happy Monday,
    Laura

  2. I love grilled cheese myself…I would LOVE to travel to Ohio to visit MELT, which is heaven in grilled cheese land. Check them out sometime.

    I would love to!!!!

    Happy Monday,
    Laura

  3. I love our panini maker. It makes the best sandwiches.

  4. I love our panini maker. It makes the best sandwiches.

  5. Chicken/bacon/ranch/melted cheesiness is the best combo evah!! I'm really gonna have to give your sandwich a try.

    I don't have a panini press but I do have a George Foreman grill, which I hardly ever use. Every time I do use it though, I always think to myself, "why don't I use this more often?".

    Thanks for the easy dinner idea!!

  6. Chicken/bacon/ranch/melted cheesiness is the best combo evah!! I'm really gonna have to give your sandwich a try.

    I don't have a panini press but I do have a George Foreman grill, which I hardly ever use. Every time I do use it though, I always think to myself, "why don't I use this more often?".

    Thanks for the easy dinner idea!!

  7. My husband has been talking about wanting a panini for a while now. I might just have to pull out the George Foreman for him! – http://www.delightfulcountrycookin.com

  8. My husband has been talking about wanting a panini for a while now. I might just have to pull out the George Foreman for him! – http://www.delightfulcountrycookin.com

  9. I love grilled sandwiches although I don't have one of those fancy panini or George Foreman grills. I like turkey/cheese/tomato/red onion/lettuce/southwest spicy mustard.

  10. I love grilled sandwiches although I don't have one of those fancy panini or George Foreman grills. I like turkey/cheese/tomato/red onion/lettuce/southwest spicy mustard.

  11. First post didn't show up so hope I'm not repeating it. I love to grill veggies on my George Foreman and then make sandwiches with them ~ tons of combos. You could also grill some shrimp or other type fish and make a great sandwich or Po Boy. I like to grill fish and make tacos too ~ easy and doesn't heat up the kitchen.

    Have a great week!
    Pat

  12. First post didn't show up so hope I'm not repeating it. I love to grill veggies on my George Foreman and then make sandwiches with them ~ tons of combos. You could also grill some shrimp or other type fish and make a great sandwich or Po Boy. I like to grill fish and make tacos too ~ easy and doesn't heat up the kitchen.

    Have a great week!
    Pat

  13. YUM! This sounds fabulous!! We adore our panini maker, and we do grilled cheeses all the time:) Thanks for this recipe!

  14. YUM! This sounds fabulous!! We adore our panini maker, and we do grilled cheeses all the time:) Thanks for this recipe!

  15. I love grilled sandwiches. Wish we had a panini maker or George Foreman though…

  16. I love grilled sandwiches. Wish we had a panini maker or George Foreman though…

  17. I use my waffle iron!

  18. I use my waffle iron!

  19. Looks yum! thanks for sharing!

  20. Looks yum! thanks for sharing!

  21. Paninis are amazing. MrLady has a spectacular panini maker and has made us some delicious paninis when we visit.

    I'm convinced we all should have panini makers.

    YUM

  22. Paninis are amazing. MrLady has a spectacular panini maker and has made us some delicious paninis when we visit.

    I'm convinced we all should have panini makers.

    YUM

  23. Yum, we love paninis and/or grilled cheese too. Those chipotle cheddar slices have also become a fav. in our home.

  24. Yum, we love paninis and/or grilled cheese too. Those chipotle cheddar slices have also become a fav. in our home.

  25. We love grilled sandwiches here too! A Foreman grill is on my wish list…

  26. We love grilled sandwiches here too! A Foreman grill is on my wish list…

  27. I love panini!

  28. I love panini!

  29. Yum! Panini anything is yum!

  30. Yum! Panini anything is yum!

  31. Great idea!! I love it!!

  32. Great idea!! I love it!!

  33. My favorite grilled sandwich is turkey, swiss cheese and whole berry cranberry sauce on pumpernickle/rye marble bread. It is soooooooo good!!

  34. My favorite grilled sandwich is turkey, swiss cheese and whole berry cranberry sauce on pumpernickle/rye marble bread. It is soooooooo good!!

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