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Basic Grilled Panini

Rated as 5 out of 5 Stars

"This is a great grilled sandwich! Panini get their character or distinct look from the grill marks on the sandwich. I serve it with soup or even salad. This is the basic recipe. Enjoy!"
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16 m servings 802 cals
Original recipe yields 1 servings (1 panino)


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  1. Drizzle olive oil on 1 side of each bread slice. Spread 1 tablespoon mayonnaise on the other side of each slice. Pile Cheddar cheese, ham, tomato, and onion on top. Top with other bread slice, mayonnaise side down.
  2. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat; spray lightly with cooking spray. Place sandwich on grill; weigh it down with a heavy pan. Cook until cheese is melted and grill marks appear, 3 to 5 minutes per side.


  • Cook's Notes:
  • This basic recipe is easily changed up with prosciutto, salami, or even turkey. This is also great as a veggie sandwich.
  • You can substitute French bread for Italian bread, if preferred.
  • You can substitute extra-virgin olive oil for the extra-light olive oil, if preferred.
  • You can use spreadable cheese in place of mayonnaise, if preferred.
  • You can use this recipe to make multiple sandwiches; assemble them ahead of time, grill, and place in a warm oven until serving.
  • I recommend a George Forman® grill because it eliminates the need for flipping. If you don't have a grill pan, use a regular cast iron or nonstick skillet.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 802 calories; 63.2 g fat; 26.7 g carbohydrates; 32.2 g protein; 118 mg cholesterol; 1840 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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Loved this! Great flavors and textures...a definite keeper~YUM! Thanks for sharing. :)