Easy Panini Recipes

If you are looking for a quick and easy dinner idea, the Easy Panini Recipes are the way to go!  I love to make them as we get closer to the end of the week and the fridge is looking bear.  You can add all kinds of leftovers or pantry items in them and still have a tasty and delicious dinner! They also work really well for a fun weekend lunch for the whole family, because everyone can pick their own fillings! 

Easy Panini Recipes

I find this is an easy “Back to School” dinner idea, when families are easing back into the dinner routine!  Kids also love panini because they are like gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. If you have picky eaters (like I do!) sometimes introducing something new, that rings of something familiar is the way to get them over their fears! Ha! Of course, you can also start with baby steps and offer a plain cheese panini and work up to fillings. 

Easy Panini Recipes

These are two of my favorite combinations…a Vegetarian Panini with salty tapenade, creamy mozzarella cheese, sweet red peppers and bright artichoke hearts. And a Roast Beef Panini with Caramelized Onions and Grainy Mustard

Easy Panini Recipes

The roasf beef and caramelized onions is the perfect combination of sweet and savory. You can also prep the onions in advanced and be all ready to go for easy panini throughout the week. 

Easy Panini Recipes

My favorite panini press for the job is the Delonghi Panini Press and Contact Grill (this link goes to Amazon where I am an affiliate partner).

Easy Panini Recipes

It makes a perfectly crisp panini and also doubles as a griddle by swapping out the plates. Genius!

Easy Panini Recipes

For a step-by-step demo of these recipes and the ability to see the panini press “in action” watch my video tutorial below.

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Easy Panini Recipes

Easy Panini Recipes

Yield:
servings 4
Prep Time:
15 minutes
Cook Time:
7 minutes
Total Time:
22 minutes

Easy panini recipes for a quick and affordable weeknight meal or easy weekend lunch!

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Ingredients

  • FOR VEGETARIAN PANINI:
  • 4 slices of bread
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • 4-6 slices mozzarella
  • 1-2 tsp tapenade or pesto sauce
  • 6 slices of roasted peppers
  • 6 artichoke hearts (the kind that comes packed in water)
  • 2-4 cups of mixed green salad
  • FOR ROAST BEEF PANINI:
  • 4 slices of hearty bread (French Loaf, Sour Dough etc)
  • 1 tbsp melted butter
  • 4-6 slices Swiss cheese
  • 2-3 tsp whole grain mustard
  • 4 tbsp Caramelized onions (see recipe below)
  • 4-6 slices rare roast beef
  • 2 -4 cups Arugula
  • FOR CARAMELIZED ONIONS:
  • 1 tbsp olive oli
  • 1 red onion, sliced into half moons thinly
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • BETH’S VINAIGRETTE RECIPE
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 3-4 tbsp grape seed oil or olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste
  • 1 tsp minced shallots

Instructions

FOR VEGETARIAN PANINI:

  1. Butter one side of bread with melted butter. Then add sliced cheese, tapenade or pesto, roasted peppers, artichoke hearts. Top with more cheese. Place second piece of bread on top. Place in heated panini press for 5-7 mins.
  2. Allow to cool slightly. Slice and serve with salad. Enjoy!

FOR ROAST BEEF PANINI:

  1. Saute onions in oil until tender. Add vinegar and Worcestershire sauce, cook until reduced and evaporated.
  2. Butter one side of bread with melted butter. Then add sliced cheese, mustard, onions, roast beef. Top with more cheese. Place second piece of bread on top. Place in heated panini press for 5-7 mins.
  3. Allow to cool slightly. Slice and serve with salad. Enjoy!

For Vinaigrette:

  1. Mix mustard and vinegar until smooth. Slowly add the oil until combined. Season with salt and pepper. Add shallots. Toss with arugula
Nutrition Information:

Yield: 4

Serving Size: 1

Amount Per Serving:

Calories: 988Total Fat: 59gSaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 31gCholesterol: 105mgSodium: 1885mgCarbohydrates: 79gFiber: 15gSugar: 20gProtein: 45g

© Beth Le Manach



Cuisine:

Italian

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Category: Main Dishes

Easy Panini Recipes

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