Ideas for Panini Sandwiches

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Ideas for Panini Sandwiches
Complement your panini with soup and a fresh vegetable salad. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

A panini press can take a dull and boring sandwich and turn it into a hot lunchtime entrée that is bursting with flavour. If you have been stuck in a sandwich rut lately, then wake up your taste buds by trying some panini recipes. Paninis also make a great appetizer for parties. After pressing, slice them up into smaller pieces, place on a platter and serve to your guests.

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Italian Combo Panini

This panini is all about experiencing the flavours of Italy by using meats and cheeses from that region of the world. Start by placing a layer of fresh mozzarella. Skip the prepackaged cheese, and go for the mozzarella that is stored in water. This is usually available in the refrigerated section of your supermarket. Add slices of prosciutto and mortadella on top of the mozzarella. Finish the sandwich with slices of vine ripe tomatoes and fresh basil. If you are a fan of peppers, add spicy or sweet marinated peppers to the sandwich before pressing.

Breakfast Panini

Many people think about having paninis for lunch or dinner. However, they make a flavourful breakfast sandwich as well. After slicing your bread, coat the outside of the bread with a touch of olive oil. Next, cook eggs, bacon and sausage as you like to eat them normally. For example, if you like scrambled eggs, prepare those. Assemble the sandwich by starting with a layer of cheese, followed by your eggs, sausage and bacon. Finish with another layer of cheese. Press the panini until the cheese is melted and serve.

Turkey and Brie

If you are a fan of turkey and love the creamy taste of Brie, then this is the sandwich for you. After slicing your bread, assemble the sandwich by adding a layer of sliced turkey, followed by a layer of sliced green apple and finished with a layer of sliced Brie cheese. You can use flavoured bread for this sandwich as well such as a cranberry walnut bread. Also, if want a little extra tang in this sandwich, add a dollop of cranberry sauce before pressing.

Corned Beef and Coleslaw

This sandwich makes a great panini idea around St. Patrick's Day when thoughts turn to the traditional Irish meal of corned beef and cabbage. After slicing sourdough or rye bread, pile corned beef onto the sandwich. Top with fresh coleslaw and horseradish. Spread a layer of deli mustard onto the second piece of bread. Press in the panini and serve.

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