Grilled Panini Sandwich Without a Panini Maker


Easy, quick panini sandwich with that restaurant taste, but made using just a grill pan. Feel free to use any meats or cheeses you have on hand. Works great with anything!

close up view of a Grilled Panini Sandwich with cheese, ham and roasted red bell peppers on a white plate
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
6 mins
Total Time:
11 mins
1 serving


  • 1 teaspoon mayonnaise, or to taste

  • 2 (1 inch thick) slices Italian bread

  • 3 slices deli ham

  • 2 slices provolone cheese

  • 1 slice roasted red bell pepper


  1. Spread mayonnaise on one side of each bread slice. Layer ham, provolone cheese, and roasted red bell pepper on the bread; top sandwich with the other bread slice, mayonnaise side down.

  2. Heat grill pan over medium heat; place sandwich in the pan and top with another heavy pan. Add 2 heavy cans on top; press down on cans to compress the sandwich. Reduce heat to medium; cook for 3 to 4 minutes. Flip sandwich, replace the pan and cans; cook until cheese is melted, 3 to 4 minutes more.

Cook's Note:

You may use sourdough bread, if preferred.

Try this with turkey, salami, or prosciutto in place of ham; you may also substitute mozzarella cheese, Cheddar cheese, or Gruyere cheese for the provolone cheese.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

589 Calories
29g Fat
45g Carbs
36g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 1
Calories 589
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 29g 37%
Saturated Fat 13g 67%
Cholesterol 89mg 30%
Sodium 2122mg 92%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 36g
Vitamin C 9mg 45%
Calcium 513mg 39%
Iron 4mg 20%
Potassium 408mg 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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