Ham and cheese panini
Sadly, I do not own that magical (yet expensive) machine known as the panini press. So you can imagine my excitement when I discovered that it is possible to make a panini without a panini maker!
I'm sure everyone is going to write in and tell me that I didn't make a panini—I made a "grilled sandwich." And you know what? You're probably right. But I don't want to hear it! LOL! Sometimes you just have to be happy with what you have...
Using Panini Happy's handy guide, I decided to try my hand at making my paninis in a skillet. I bought a loaf of fresh sour dough bread from our local bakery. I sliced it very thick and made sandwiches using stuff we had in the fridge: some ham, a few slices of turkey, sliced cheese, and leftover pesto spread. Here's how I did it:
1. Heat a few drops of olive oil and 1/2 tablespoon of butter in large skillet.
2. Cook one side of panini until golden brown. Occasionally press down on sandwich with smaller skillet, like so:
Making paninis in a skillet
4. Flip panini and cook other side, pressing down with second skillet.
5. Serve! Ignore the fact that the sandwich does not have grill marks. Bask in the glory of making delicious paninis without an expensive press!
It sort of gives new meaninig to your ordinary grilled cheese sandwich, doesn't it?