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12 Perfect Paninis


Photo Credit: Angie McGowan

Can you believe that we’re in the last stretch of this year? If you’re like me,  you’ve done marathon cooking and baking for the past three weeks. Now I’m looking for quick, simple and LIGHTER meal options. What could be better than pressed Italian sandwiches {aka panini}. They’re also perfect timing if you received a panini press as a holiday gift.  Now you’ll have 12 great recipes to get you started. Fear not, if you don’t own a panini press you can go old school and use a small cast iron skillet placed on top of the panini while it’s cooking. Works like a charm ; ) Find all 12 perfect paninis after the jump!


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  • Caprese Panini 1 of 12
    Caprese Panini
    If you're a fan of the classic caprese salad, you'll love it in sandwich form!
    Make caprese panini
  • Proscuitto Roasted Pepper & Basil Panini 2 of 12
    Proscuitto Roasted Pepper & Basil Panini
    Why make just a grilled cheese when you can add pesto, prosciutto and roasted peppers. Oh so elegant & EASY.
    Make prosciutto roasted pepper panini
  • Portabello Mushroom & Pesto Panini 3 of 12
    Portabello Mushroom & Pesto Panini
    Why make a sandwich when you can make a pressed panini? Try adding portabello mushrooms for a deep woodsy flavor.
    Make mushroom & pesto panini
  • Lemon Chicken Panini 4 of 12
    Lemon Chicken Panini
    Lemon and chicken are a classic combination and a perfect fit for this pressed sandwich.
    Make lemon chicken panini
  • Italian Meats & Mozzarella Panini 5 of 12
    Italian Meats & Mozzarella Panini
    You can't go wrong with this combination of Italian meats.
    Make Italian meats & mozzarella panini
  • Strawberry Nutella Panini 6 of 12
    Strawberry Nutella Panini
    Yes, a dessert panini to satisfy the sweet tooth in all of us. The Nutella warms and coats the sliced strawberries making it completely irresistible.
    Get the recipe on bell'alimento
  • Mozzarella Pesto Panini 7 of 12
    Mozzarella Pesto Panini
    Fresh mozzarella makes a big difference. You'll see if yourself when it comes off the grill and you pull apart the bread. Swoon.
    Make mozarella pesto panini
  • Daiya Pepperjack Panini 8 of 12
    Daiya Pepperjack Panini
    We couldn't forget about our vegan friends! Try this Daiya pepperjack panini that packs a punch!
    Make Daiya pepperjack panini
  • Black & White Panini 9 of 12
    Black & White Panini
    Black and white never goes out of style. The black flavors include a creamy olive tapenade and the white includes a spicy horseradish spread. It's a panini that will satisfy even the snootiest of your friends ; )
    Make black & white panini
  • Basil & Roasted Red Pepper Panini 10 of 12
    Basil & Roasted Red Pepper Panini
    Hit up your favorite olive bar to grab the ingredients needed for this delicious vegetarian panini.
    Make basil & roasted pepper panini
  • Cheesy Pancetta Panini 11 of 12
    Cheesy Pancetta Panini
    A few ingredients and a few minutes are all you need to make this cheesy pancetta panini.
    Get the recipe on bell'alimento
  • Chicken Panini w/Artichokes, Olives, Peppers & Onions 12 of 12
    Chicken Panini w/Artichokes, Olives, Peppers & Onions
    Chicken Panini with Artichoke Olive Tapenade, Roasted Bell Peppers and Caramelized Onions is not only a mouthful to say, but a magical mouthful to enjoy!
    Make chicken panini w/artichokes, olives, peppers & onions


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