Posts Tagged ‘panini press’


Twisted Grilled Cheese

March 24, 2011

I made these on my Panini, but it’s not mandatory. 

We love grilled cheese and I’m always looking for ways to enjoy it.  Remember the five cheese grilled cheese?

This sandwich is twisted because I used the spinach balls inside.  They were a perfect addition to the sandwich and easy to work with.  So simple, yet so good.  I love a meal like that.  I especially love it during Lent.  This is a perfect Friday meal served with a salad or your favorite soup.

Twisted Grilled Cheese

  • 2 slices of Sourdough bread
  • 1 slice Provolone Cheese
  • 2 -3 Spinach Balls
  • Marinara
  • Olive Oil

Preheat your Panini press.  Place a piece of parchment paper on top of the griddle.  (The parchment paper is for easy clean up.  Trust me.  This stuff rocks and prevents a hot mess.)

Assemble the sandwich by placing the provolone, spinach balls and a spoonful of marinara on one of the slices of sourdough.  Place the other piece of sourdough on top to make the sandwich.  Drizzle olive oil on top of the bread.  Place the sandwich, olive oil side down, on the griddle and drizzle additional olive oil on top of the sourdough.  Cover with additional parchment paper, pressing the Panini closed.  Cook for 5-6 minutes until cheese has melted.  Cut in half and serve warm.

Easy and delicious!


Another Reason to Use My Panini Press

February 13, 2011

I made these sandwiches with my Panini press and they were so easy.   A Cuban sandwich is a variation of a ham and cheese and was created in Florida.  Miami, I think.

Have you ever had a Cuban sandwich?  I hadn’t but I’ve seen them on menus and on television enough to be interested. I never made one before because I didn’t have anything to press them with.  That was before the Panini press, of course, and now that I do I’m so happy that I did.

Remember the pulled pork I had?  Well I had just enough leftover to make this sandwich.  The combination of the pork, ham, swiss cheese, pickles and mustard is extraordinary.  Really.  Who knew something so simple could be so good?

I must confess that I did add the pickles and mustard at the end of the process, once I took the sandwich off the press.  I’m not a fan of warm pickles and I did like the slight snap of them on the sandwich.


  • 4 hoagie rolls  
  • 1/4 lb Deli Ham, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 lb Pulled Pork
  • 4 Slices Swiss Cheese (I used Jarlsberg, but you can use whatever you like)
  • 12 Hamburger pickles
  • Yellow Mustard

Slice the bread horizontally in half and divide the ham, pulled pork and swiss cheese evenly among the slices of roll. 

Heat your Panini maker, line it with parchment paper and place the sandwiches inside, place parchment paper on top and  press down.  Grill until the cheese is melted and the bread is flat and browned, approximately 10 minutes.  Once you remove the sandwiches from the press, add the pickles and mustard.  I know that many of you may shake your heads at this because a true Cuban is totally assembled prior to the pressing, but again I don’t like warm pickles. 

Serve warm with your favorite side.


Breakfast Panini

January 20, 2011

Here’s another great panini sandwich.

Have I mentioned how much fun I’m having with this panini press?  Truly, I’m having so much fun with this toy.

It’s another recipe from heat oven to 350 degrees.

I know that I’ve said this before, but I do love that site.  Lots of fun recipes.

You could easily add some scrambled eggs to this recipe, if you’re so inclined.  Or just keep it the way it is, with the cheese and the apples and the sausage.  Yum!

What I really love about this recipe is that it’s so simple.  You can easily make this during the week and because you line the press with parchment paper there’s not too much clean up.  It’s a virtual grab and go meal.  Way easier than the drive-thru.

Breakfast Panini

  • 1 loaf  of Sourdough Bread
  • 1 whole Granny Smith Apple, Peeled And Chopped
  • 1 pound Cooked, Sliced Breakfast Sausage, regular or maple flavor
  • 16 slices Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • 8 Tablespoons Butter

Preheat the panini maker and line it with parchment paper.

Butter one side of each piece of bread. On the non-buttered side, add two slices of the cooked sausage, 1/8 of the apple and two slice of cheddar cheese. Top with another piece of bread (butter side out) and place another piece of parchment paper on the sandwich.  Heat until the bread is toasted and the cheese has melted. Serve.


Breakfast Treats

January 11, 2011

We love toaster strudel.  Meeshie can easily go through a box in less than a week and  I don’t like to buy them unless they’re on sale.

Pop tarts, on the other hand, are not something we have on any regular basis.  It’s probably the cardboard-like flavor of them.  If I buy them they can sit in the pantry for quite a while.

Until I made pop tarts and toaster strudel over the weekend.

The toaster strudel I made with the panini press, but it can easily be made in the oven.  The pop tarts were made in the oven, but could easily be made in the panini press.

I made  brown sugar cinnamon and strawberry.  I plan to make raspberry and almond soon.

The brown sugar cinnamon ones are hands down the best I’ve ever eaten.

Pop Tarts

  • Your favorite pie crust, you may need two depending on the size of the dough
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 T Water
  • Jelly Filling:
  • 3/4 C Jam-I used Strawberry
  • Brown Sugar Cinnamon Filling:
  • 1/2 C Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/2 t Cinnamon
  • 4 t Flour

For the brown sugar cinnamon filling, whisk together the brown sugar, cinnamon and flour and set aside until you’re ready to assemble.

Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and roll into a 9×12 rectangle and about 1/8″ thick.  You want to make sure that the crust isn’t too thick or you’ll have a really crusty pop tart.  Cut into thirds and form about 9 3×4 inch rectangles.  Place a heaping tablespoon of filling into the center of each rectangle, keeping about a half inch perimeter.  Brush the perimeter with the egg and water mixture.  Place a second rectangle of dough on top of the first.  Press the tines of a fork all around the edges of the rectangle.  Place the tarts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Prick the tops of the tarts with a fork.  Refrigerate for about 30 minutes. 

Place in a preheated 350 degrees oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. 

You can keep them in an air tight container or freeze them.  Stick them in the toaster to heat before serving.

Makes 9 regular or 18 mini pop tarts.

Toaster Strudel

  • 2 Sheets of Frozen Pastry, thawed
  • Your favorite filling-see above
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 T Water
  • Glaze:
  • 1 C Powdered Sugar
  • 2-3 T Milk

Unfold the pastry on a lightly floured surface.  Divide the pastry into 6 equal rectangles.  Place a heaping tablespoon of filling into the center of each rectangle, keeping about a half inch perimeter.  Brush the perimeter with the egg and water mixture.   Place a second rectangle of dough on top of the first.  Press the tines of a fork all around the edges of the rectangle.

Place in a parchment paper lined preheated panini press.  Place an additional piece of parchment on top of the pastry.  Lower the lid until it’s hovering just above the tarts, about 1/2 inch away.  Grill for about 10 minutes or until the tarts are puffed and golden.

Remove from press and drizzle with glaze.

These can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge and quickly microwaved before eating.

Makes 6 regular or 12 mini toaster strudel.



December 28, 2010

I got this Panini press for Christmas from my father-in-law.

My husband has been wanting to buy me one of these for a few years but I kept telling him no.  I didn’t want one because it would just be a gift for him that I would be using.  But now I’ve changed my mind.

I can’t wait to start to use this.  I’ve been searching for some recipes and plan to get shopping this morning.

I’ve been told that I can not only make sandwiches on this but also meat.  With the messy sandwiches I plan to line the press with parchment paper so that it will be easier to clean.  I have visions of breakfast, lunch and dinner being made on this bad boy.


Any suggestions?

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