Perfect Paninis

These filling and warm meals beat cold sandwiches any day

Now that we're way past holiday season, I’m looking for quick, simple, and lighter meal options. What could be better than pressed Italian sandwiches (aka paninis)? They’re also perfect if you received a panini press as a recent gift.  Now you’ll have some great recipes to get you started. Fear not, if you don’t own a panini press you can go old school and use a small cast-iron skillet placed on top of the panini while it’s cooking. Works like a charm.

— bellalimento, Babble

 

Caprese Panini

If you're a fan of the classic caprese salad, you'll love it in sandwich form!

Make the caprese panini.

 

 

Proscuitto, Roasted Pepper, and Basil Panini

Why make just a grilled cheese when you can add pesto, prosciutto, and roasted peppers. Oh so elegant and easy.

Make the prosciutto roasted pepper panini.

 

 

Portabello Mushroom and Pesto Panini

Why make a sandwich when you can make a pressed panini? Try adding portabello mushrooms for a deep woodsy flavor.

Make the mushroom and pesto panini.

 

Lemon Chicken Panini

Lemon and chicken are a classic combination and a perfect fit for this pressed sandwich.

Make the lemon chicken panini.

 

 

Italian Meats and Mozzarella Panini

You can't go wrong with this combination of Italian meats.

Make the Italian meats and mozzarella panini.

 

 

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