How To Make The Perfect Panini

How To Make The Perfect Panini

I'm a huge fan of paninis because they are like grilled cheeses for adults, only better. Way better. Paninis originated in Italy and were sandwiches made on sliced bread with deli ingredients and served warmed. Today the paninis we know and love are bursting with flavor and are made with a wide variety of ingredients. Are you wondering how to make the perfect panini? It's simple, just follow these four steps.

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Bread Selection
I'm a huge fan of paninis because they are like grilled cheeses for adults, only better.  Way better.  Paninis originated in Italy and were sandwiches made on sliced bread with deli ingredients and served warmed.  Today the paninis we know and love are bursting with flavor and are made with a wide variety of ingredients.  Are you wondering how to make the perfect panini?  Its simple, just follow these four steps.

Cheese
The second most important part of your perfect panini is your cheese.  Again, you can use any variety of cheese but make sure it compliments the bread and other ingredients.  Swiss, mozzarella and provolone are always great choices.  But if you want to kick it up a notch try a pepper jack or a muenster.  Or maybe your perfect panini has both!  The cheese is the starting point for your flavor combination that will happen on the inside of your panini.

More Ingredients, Please

So you've picked your perfect bread and cheese for your panini, now its time to add more filler with your other ingredients.  Common extras are meat and vegetables, like one of my favorites - the turkey, Swiss and avocado panini.  Its a great blend of flavors has all the basic ingredients.  Once you've mastered the more common fillers, its time to work on your panini masterpiece.  Add fruit, spreads or exotic jams to your sandwich.  There is no wrong way to create a panini, you just have to find a flavor combination that you love.

Let's Press It Up

The great part about this last step in the perfect panini process is that its easy!  You can use a panini press if you have one or if you don't there are other options in your kitchen.  I use my electric grill to toast my sandwich.  I have also used a griddle and just flipped it like a grilled cheese while pressing down on it with a spatula.  The main goal is to toast both sides of the bread and warm the inside of the panini.  Whatever you can find that does that will be good enough for the perfect panini!  Just don't forget to butter your bread before you toast it!

And there you have it - the perfect panini.  Its a delicious, ooey gooey, flavor explosion of bread, cheese and careful selected ingredients all pressed and toasted to perfection.  Go forth and create your own perfect panini today! 

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