What kind of cheese to use in a panini?
In Italian, "panini" means small bread and refers to a pressed sandwich. Using a grill skillet gives the sandwich appetizing grill marks, but the recipe works just as well in a regular nonstick skillet. If you don't have provolone cheese, you can use mozzarella.
Part 1 Making your Panini
- Choose your bread. A panini can be made with Italian bread, ciabatta, focaccia, sourdough, or any kind of bread you like.
- Spread olive oil on the inside of your bread.
- Add your cheese.
- Add your filling.
- Add some extra flavor.
- Close your sandwich and butter the outsides of the bread.
- That depends on what you need the heat to do for your sandwich. With thinner panini like simple grilled cheese, where all you need to do is melt the cheese and grill the bread, a medium-high temperature (about 375 degrees) works great – 3 minutes and it's perfect.
- The first step to cleaning is to unplug the grill and let it cool down. Then, using a damp paper towel, wipe crumbs and any oily residue off the grill. With a small amount of warm, soapy water, firmly scrub the surface with a sponge, paying special attention to the grooves, where oil gets trapped.
- Traditional Italian pesto is, of course, made strictly with basil, pine nuts, Parmesan, garlic, and really good olive oil. It's a classic sauce, no contest.
Pan on the stove, with a lid for a press. - Heat a heavy skillet over medium-high heat, and cook your sandwich for a couple minutes on each side, pressing it down to make full contact with the hot pan using a big lid. (Pictured: South African Cheese, Grilled Onion & Tomato Panini (Braaibroodjie).
- Place bread butter-side-down onto skillet bottom and add 1 slice of cheese. Butter a second slice of bread on one side and place butter-side-up on top of sandwich. Grill until lightly browned and flip over; continue grilling until cheese is melted. Repeat with remaining 2 slices of bread, butter and slice of cheese.
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Slice bread into 32 (1/2-inch thick) slices. Mix oil and parsley in small bowl.
- Bake 6 to 8 minutes or until crisp and light brown, turning once. Cool on wire rack.
- If not using immediately, store cooled toast in airtight container.
- Bruschetta with tomato and basil! Chopped fresh tomatoes with garlic, basil, olive oil, and vinegar, served on toasted slices of French or Italian bread.
Follow the exact same cooking process with a griddle. Or, you can use a toaster oven—also good for those obsessed with grill marks! Preheat the oven to medium-high heat (375F), and bake until cheese is melted and panini is toasted (about 5-6 minutes).
- Top with another slice of bread. Brush the outside of the sandwich with olive oil or melted butter. Cook on the heated grill pan or griddle, cheese side down and topped with a Panini press until crisp and golden. If you are not using a Panini press, turn the sandwich after one side is cooked.
- Yes, you can cook bacon in a panini press! It only takes 3 or 4 minutes, and the resulting bacon is as crispy as if it were cooked in a pan (minus the splattering). Then, tuck it into these pressed burritos for a colorful start to your day.
- Panini bread can provide a sweet and pleasant taste to your lunchtime sandwich. However, it has a high calorie count and can hinder your attempt to eat healthy. The carbohydrates and calories in panini bread can spike blood sugar and make it difficult to lose weight.
Updated: 5th September 2018