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Paninis- More than just a Sandwich!

August 6, 2010

In Italian, panino refers to a sandwich. Here (in the US and our house), we use the term panini (albeit incorrectly) to refer to sandwiches that are pressed and toasted or grilled. My sister gave Eric an amazing Breville panini press for Christmas a couple  years ago and it is the perfect method for grilling these delicious sandwiches. If you don’t have a panini press, you can use a grill pan (or any old pan) and flip it over (carefully!) to achieve a similar effect. You can also do these sandwiches on the grill if you have one. This past weekend we did the most basic panini- tomato, fresh basil, and fresh mozzarella. To some we added a slice or two of Parma prosciutto, a gift from Eric’s parents who were visiting from Pittsburgh.  A bit of Penzey’s Sandwich Sprinkle elevated these paninis to crispy and melty savory deliciousness!

Basic Panini

A hearty loaf of bread, not that squishy stuff you find in the bread aisle. We used my No-Knead Bread..

Extra-virgin Olive Oil


Basil (fresh)

Fresh Mozzarella

Penzey’s Sandwich Sprinkle (a mix of garlic, coarse salt, basil, oregano, marjoram, black pepper, rosemary, and thyme)


Brush the outside of the bread with olive oil and assemble sandwiches. Sprinkle a bit of Penzey’s Sandwich Sprinkle if you have it, if not, salt and pepper. Cook on grill/pan/panini press until bread gets toasty and cheese is melted. Enjoy! There are a million variations, use your imagination! I will post some of my favorites as I do them…. 🙂

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jen permalink
    August 10, 2010 11:33 am

    Those look yummy! Greg will be jealous of Eric’s panini press! He was just saying we needed to get one of those!

  2. Teresa permalink
    August 11, 2010 7:31 pm

    nom nom nom! this reminds me I need to pick up some of this awesome sandwich sprinkle from penzey’s next time i’m in the strip

  3. Ritesh permalink
    August 13, 2010 11:37 am

    Thanks for the tip on Sandwich sprinkle!

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