A panini is basically a grilled sandwich, but they are so tasty and are quite popular right now. They're also easy to make and the possibilities are endless. You can buy a panini maker, but you don't need one. We were at my great aunt's house last year and she served us paninis for lunch. Instead of using a panini maker, she pulled out her George Foreman grill. It works pretty much the same as a panini maker, but costs less and can be used for things other than paninis. I didn't have a George Foreman grill, but my aunt had an extra one lying around, so she gave it to me! For some reason, grilling a sandwich turns it into more of a full meal than just a regular sandwich.
Sliced bread (I used sourdough)
Meat (I used chicken)
Vegetables (i.e. tomatoes, grilled onions, red onions, bell peppers, artichoke hearts, etc.)
Herbs (i.e. fresh basil)
Preheat Foreman grill or panini maker. Butter one side of each slice of bread. On unbuttered side, place desired ingredients. Top with other slice of bread, buttered side up. Carefully place on panini maker or Foreman grill. Apply some pressure to the top of the Foreman grill or panini maker. Allow to grill until crisp and lightly browned. Be creative with your toppings and combinations and enjoy!
|I used caramelized onions in this one.|
|The top of the Foreman grill gets a bit hot, so I used a hot pad to push it down.|