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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 Responses to “Grilled Sandwiches – Panini”

  1. Laura PARING DOWN posted on July 19, 2010 at 10:23 am (#
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    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. Laura PARING DOWN posted on July 19, 2010 at 10:23 am (#
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    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. Lynn posted on July 19, 2010 at 10:28 am (#
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    I love our panini maker. It makes the best sandwiches.

  4. Lynn posted on July 19, 2010 at 10:28 am (#
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    I love our panini maker. It makes the best sandwiches.

  5. Kristan posted on July 19, 2010 at 10:57 am (#
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    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. Kristan posted on July 19, 2010 at 10:57 am (#
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    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. the country cook posted on July 19, 2010 at 1:25 pm (#
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    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. the country cook posted on July 19, 2010 at 1:25 pm (#
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    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. Wanda posted on July 19, 2010 at 1:52 pm (#
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    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. Wanda posted on July 19, 2010 at 1:52 pm (#
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    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. Gypsy Heart posted on July 19, 2010 at 3:23 pm (#
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    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. Gypsy Heart posted on July 19, 2010 at 3:23 pm (#
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    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. Christine:) posted on July 19, 2010 at 8:38 pm (#
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    YUM! This sounds fabulous!! We adore our panini maker, and we do grilled cheeses all the time:) Thanks for this recipe!

  14. Christine:) posted on July 19, 2010 at 8:38 pm (#
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    YUM! This sounds fabulous!! We adore our panini maker, and we do grilled cheeses all the time:) Thanks for this recipe!

  15. Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet posted on July 19, 2010 at 10:18 pm (#
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    I love grilled sandwiches. Wish we had a panini maker or George Foreman though…

  16. Sherry @ Lamp Unto My Feet posted on July 19, 2010 at 10:18 pm (#
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    I love grilled sandwiches. Wish we had a panini maker or George Foreman though…

  17. lk posted on July 19, 2010 at 11:42 pm (#
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    I use my waffle iron!

  18. lk posted on July 19, 2010 at 11:42 pm (#
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    I use my waffle iron!

  19. ?lani? posted on July 20, 2010 at 12:57 am (#
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    Looks yum! thanks for sharing!

  20. ?lani? posted on July 20, 2010 at 12:57 am (#
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    Looks yum! thanks for sharing!

  21. Rachel posted on July 20, 2010 at 1:35 am (#
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    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. Rachel posted on July 20, 2010 at 1:35 am (#
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    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. Amy posted on July 20, 2010 at 6:16 am (#
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    Yum, we love paninis and/or grilled cheese too. Those chipotle cheddar slices have also become a fav. in our home.

  24. Amy posted on July 20, 2010 at 6:16 am (#
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    Yum, we love paninis and/or grilled cheese too. Those chipotle cheddar slices have also become a fav. in our home.

  25. Melinda posted on July 20, 2010 at 8:07 am (#
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    We love grilled sandwiches here too! A Foreman grill is on my wish list…

  26. Melinda posted on July 20, 2010 at 8:07 am (#
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    We love grilled sandwiches here too! A Foreman grill is on my wish list…

  27. Brenda posted on July 20, 2010 at 8:10 pm (#
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    I love panini!

  28. Brenda posted on July 20, 2010 at 8:10 pm (#
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    I love panini!

  29. **Amy** posted on July 21, 2010 at 12:14 am (#
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    Yum! Panini anything is yum!

  30. **Amy** posted on July 21, 2010 at 12:14 am (#
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    Yum! Panini anything is yum!

  31. Amanda posted on July 21, 2010 at 8:34 am (#
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    Great idea!! I love it!!

  32. Amanda posted on July 21, 2010 at 8:34 am (#
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    Great idea!! I love it!!

  33. Anonymous posted on July 23, 2010 at 5:13 am (#
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    My favorite grilled sandwich is turkey, swiss cheese and whole berry cranberry sauce on pumpernickle/rye marble bread. It is soooooooo good!!

  34. Anonymous posted on July 23, 2010 at 5:13 am (#
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    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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