Basic Grilled Panini

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra-light olive oil, or as needed
  • 2 slices Italian bread
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 slices Cheddar cheese
  • 3 slices deli ham, or more to taste
  • 1 slice firm-ripe tomato
  • 1 thin slice onion
  • cooking spray
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Drizzle olive oil on 1 side of each bread slice. Spread 1 tablespoon mayonnaise on the other side of each slice. Pile Cheddar cheese, ham, tomato, and onion on top. Top with other bread slice, mayonnaise side down.

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  • Step 2

    Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat; spray lightly with cooking spray. Place sandwich on grill; weigh it down with a heavy pan. Cook until cheese is melted and grill marks appear, 3 to 5 minutes per side.

  • Cook's Notes:

    This basic recipe is easily changed up with prosciutto, salami, or even turkey. This is also great as a veggie sandwich.

    You can substitute French bread for Italian bread, if preferred.

    You can substitute extra-virgin olive oil for the extra-light olive oil, if preferred.

    You can use spreadable cheese in place of mayonnaise, if preferred.

    You can use this recipe to make multiple sandwiches; assemble them ahead of time, grill, and place in a warm oven until serving.

    I recommend a George Forman(R) grill because it eliminates the need for flipping. If you don’t have a grill pan, use a regular cast iron or nonstick skillet.

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