Sometimes, there’s nothing better than a hot sandwich, and what better way to do that than with crispy grilled sandwiches? Cook them in the panini press, and you have easy, tasty hot sandwiches in no time. Here are some of our favorite grilled panini sandwich recipes.
Tips for Grilled Sandwiches
When making a panini or a grilled sandwich, it’s important that you use ingredients that mix well together rather than fight over which one will be the star.
In our Reuben sandwich below, we were hesitant with using our Black Russian bread at first because of the big flavor, but it paired nicely with the sauerkraut without hiding the flavor.
If you’re using a panini press, be sure to make your sandwich thick because it will get pressed pretty thin while cooking.
It’s also important to keep an eye on your panini press or pan because the sandwich will likely cook quickly. Have all of your ingredients out ahead of time, so you aren’t searching while the sandwich starts to burn.
Mozzarella, Tomato, and Bacon Panini
This panini is the Italian version of the club sandwich you might find in the deli section of the grocery store complete with tomato, bacon, lettuce, and mozzarella cheese. We topped our sandwiches off with an Italian dressing made with garlic and basil, but you can use mayonnaise or Italian dressing instead.
Italian Prosciutto Panini
Tomato, prosciutto, and mozzarella make a great combination. We also used basil to tie it all together. When you grill it all together on New York Rye bread, this panini is hard to turn down. It’s no wonder these sandwiches disappeared the instant we finished taking pictures.
Grilled Reuben Panini Sandwich
We made this classic panini sandwich on our Black Russian (Pumpernickel) bread. It paired nicely with the sauerkraut without overwhelming the flavor. Paired with the corned beef, swiss cheese, and Thousand Island dressing, this panini changed the way we viewed the classic reuben sandwich forever.
Grilled Bacon and Cheese Panini Sandwich
Grilled cheese is an American favorite. We’ve always added ham to our grilled cheese, but when we added bacon we instantly knew it was a keeper. We made this panini with sourdough bread for a simple, hearty sandwich.
How to Make Focaccia Sandwiches
In my earlier years, we lived by a little sandwich shop that we absolutely loved. I was always so excited to try new things, so when I discovered the focaccia sandwich, it was love at first bite– the light and chewy, herb-infused focaccia with delightful sandwich fillings in every bite. These focaccia sandwiches are an answer to that childhood memory.
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Monte Cristo Sandwiches
When I was younger, my dad would pack jam and cheese sandwiches for camping and fishing trips. They might not have been the most pristine sandwiches, but they kept well. Later in life, I was introduced to the Monte Cristo sandwich–still the same jam and cheese but with ham and mustard added in and either grilled or fried. It was an upgrade tp the classic grilled cheese sandwich I never knew I needed.
Honey Ham Monte Cristo Sandwiches
This is a traditional Monte Cristo recipe but instead of raspberry jam we made a honey mustard spread. To give the honey mustard spread a bit of kick, we added some finely diced chipotle peppers. We could have gotten the same effect with a few drops of hot sauce. You can season the spread to your taste.