Italian Panini

Italian PaniniSo, my latest sandwich-kick idea is an Italian Panini.  A Panini is an italian sandwich, that is cooked and pressed, so that the outside of the bread is a little crunchy and the inside is warm and gooey from melted cheese.  Is there any way that you could put melted cheese inside foccacia rolls, melt it and it wasn’t going to taste good?  I think not.

There’s a lot of different things you could do here.  Add some chicken.  Fontina instead of provolone.  Mix pesto into a little mayo and have pesto mayo.  Add soppresetta.  Add hot peppers.  You get the drill.

Italian Panini
Recipe type: Sandwich
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Serves: 2
  • 4 Slices Proscuitto
  • 4 Slices Provolone
  • 1 Thinly Sliced Tomato
  • 2 Tbsp. Pesto
  • 2 Foccacia Rolls or Similar
  1. Slice the rolls in half and dig out any extra bread on the inside.
  2. Spread the pesto on the inside of both slices of bread.
  3. Build the Sandwich: Layer a slice of provolone, 2 slices of proscuitto, slices of tomato, then a last layer of provolone.
  4. Heat a non-stick pan on high until it is hot, then turn down to medium low. Add the sandwiches to the pan. Place a heavy pan on top and press down. (You can also add some cans to press it down harder). Cook for 3-4 minutes until lightly browned. Flip over and cook for 3-4 minutes until browned and cheese is melted.