Cheese works very well in paninis. Because panini requires grilling, cheese melts to perfection, embracing the bread all the other ingredient in a yummy, gooey, warm sandwich.
Cast Iron Chicken Pesto and Mozzarella Panini Recipe (Kitchen Swagger)
This Cast Iron Chicken Pesto and Mozzarella Panini Recipe from Kitchen Swagger is a lovely recipe that uses a lovely combination of chicken, mozzarella, tomato, pesto and basil leaves. This tastes like a margherita pizza in a panini. The olive oil instead of butter gives this panini another ounce of Italian flavor.
"Bite into this crispy golden chicken masterpiece and you would never guess it was made using a skillet and not a panini press (other than the lack of grill lines). The secret is in the olive oil brushed on the panini bread. It gives you a crispy golden, toasted finish like yuh dream about. Like a grilled cheese, only crunchier."
- 2 thinly sliced chicken breasts, flattened to 1/4 inch thick
- 4 slices white panini bread
- 4 slices fresh mozzarella cheese
- 4 slices tomato (thinly sliced)
- 2-3 tablespoons pesto sauce
- 4 teaspoons olive oil, for bread
- 4-5 fresh basil leaves (optional)
Caprese Grilled Cheese (Domestic Superhero)
Domestic Superhero has a recipe called Caprese Grilled Cheese. Caprese is basically an Italian salad made with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, and sweet basil. This panini is a Caprese salad seasoned with some balsamic vinegar jammed between two slices of bread and grilled to perfection.
"Caprese Grilled Cheese is stuffed with fresh tomatoes, mozzarella cheese & fresh pesto! Grilled to perfection & served pipping hot; the BEST fresh lunch!"
- 1 crusty loaf of bread , sliced
- 4 TBS fresh pesto
- 8 slices mozzarella cheese (I used pre-sliced, you could also use fresh)
- 3 large ripe tomatoes
- 2 TBS balsamic vinegar
Honey, Apple, Cheddar and Bacon Panini (Half Baked Harvest)
Half Baked Harvest has a recipe called Honey, Apple, Cheddar and Bacon Panini. And if you love the combination of savory and sweet, this panini is perfect for you! This panini is made delicious by two kinds of cheese, apple butter, thinly sliced apple, bacon, thyme and honey. Gourmet panini right in your own kitchen!
"You’re going to butter some bread, layer it with apple butter, cheese, fresh apples, bacon, honey, and a sprinkle of fresh thyme (lemon thyme is my favorite) and then press everything together in a Panini press (this is my favorite). If you don’t have a Panini press, just make it on the stove top. No matter what, it’s going to be freaking-a-mazing."
- 8 slices sourdough bread
- 4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
- 4 tablespoons apple butter
- 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
- 1 1/2 cups shredded havarti cheese
- 1 honeycrisp apple, thinly sliced
- 8 slices cooked bacon
- honey, for drizzling
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
Ludy's Kitchen Cooking Tip:
Panini doesn't always have to be made with Italian breads and fillings. Make it your own by using other types of bread such as tortilla, pita or even biscuits. You can also experiment with sweet fillings including fresh fruits, compotes or jams.