Sandwiches are a staple meal since childhood for many people. Peanut butter and jelly, grilled cheese, lunch meat – the variations can fill up entire cookbooks or menus. However, sometimes a classier but still simple meal is desired. Paninis can be a great alternative to a normal sandwich.
Originally, the word “panini” came from the Italian term meaning “bread roll,” according to the Oxford Dictionary. This is because these sandwiches began in Italy. Calaphon’s article “Panini: A Culinary History,” tells how paninis grew in popularity. Began by the working-class, this quick, cheap meal included only a slice of meat that would usually not need refrigeration. Typical breads were ciabatta or focaccia which are considered more rustic. As other people became interested in this dish, toasting the sandwich and filling it with more ingredients became popular.
Now having one untoasted would be the exception not the norm. Instead of just one filling, most paninis have a mixture of vegetables, cheese, oils, herbs and meat. Although not much more complicated than a sandwich, these are seen as a bit fancier.
Since August is National Panini Month, according to Food.com, here are 10 delicious recipes for paninis to add some variety and classiness to everyday meals.
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10. Turkey, Arugula and Goat Cheese Panini from Fitness Magazine
Only taking 20 minutes to make, this recipe combines several exotic tastes to make a zesty result. Never thought of combining pomegranate molasses, goat cheese, and arugula? Well, this panini might make that change. The turkey helps all of the ingredients compliment each other.
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9. Mozzarella, Raspberry and Brown Sugar Panini from My Recipes
Paninis do not have to be savory; there are plenty of recipes for sweet ones. This one has the sweet tangy of raspberry jam alone with rosemary and mozzarella cheese. Great for breakfast or later in the day, this panini could almost pass for a dessert.
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8. French Dip Panini from Panini Happy
Looking for something warm and hearty? This panini mimics a bowl of french onion soup but adds in a hearty, full taste. Sauteed onions, roast beef and Gruyère cheese heaped on large slices of French bread make this a great meal for a cold winter day.
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7. Zucchini and Corn Panini with Pepper Jack Cheese from Oh My Veggies
Although paninis originated with meat fillings, vegetarian ones can be just as delicious. This recipe uses fresh corn and zucchini with a layer of melted cheese and garlic to add flavor. While fresh produce is still available, these paninis would be best.
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6. Ranch Chicken and Bacon Panini from Pillsbury
Cheddar cheese, ranch dressing, bacon and chicken? For those meat-lovers, this sandwich might sound perfect. Plus, only five ingredients and 20 minutes are needed to make this panini. Sounds like a great half-time snack.
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5. Panini with Brie, Portobello Mushroom and Pesto from Spoons to Sporks
Created to mimic a panini made at The Bedford Inn in Connecticut, this might sound like an odd combination. However, the finished product has a strangely tasty result. Once again, little time and few ingredients are needed to make this meal for two.
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4. Apple Pie Panini from Country Hearth Breads
Hungry for apple pie but do have the time to make it? Here is a simple but delicious substitute. Instead of using a normal slice of bread, this recipe calls for English muffin bread. After that, only apple pie filling, butter and powdered sugar are needed. Quick and fast dessert can be served and enjoyed.
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3. Ultimate Grilled Cheese and Ham Panini from Midwest Living
This panini might sound basic, but there is much more to it than its name implies. Unlike many of the other sandwiches on this list, more ingredients are needed for this one such as chutney, ham, a pear and cheese. Conveniently, freedom of choice makes this recipe simple to follow. Choose the type of cheese, vegetable and chutney to create a tasty meal.
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2. Strawberry, Banana and Nutella Panini from Panini Happy
Fresh fruit and chocolate are combined in this recipe. This panini can work for a dessert, special treat or delicious breakfast. It is sweet but also has good nutrients and vitamins. What a great blend!
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1. Chicken, Mozzarella and Basil from Recipe.com
Mozzarella and basil have become staples for paninis. This combination has a fresh, warm taste. Adding chicken and fresh tomato slices to that makes this final panini a winner.