One of my favorite places to eat is Panera! I just love the soups, tasty salads, and of course the amazing panini’s. There’s just something great about meat and cheese stuffed between two toasted pieces of bread.
Although I’m a huge panini fan, buying a panini press just isn’t an option for me. Being a mother who cooks 7 days a week, plus runs a food blog, my cabinets are jam-packed with crazy kitchen gadgets and props.
Every time I come home with more food props for the blog, my husband’s face says it all. He’s wondering where I’m going to put it all, and I completely understand! I mean, every time I open a cabinet I prepare myself to catch something falling toward my face. I should probably wear one of those face-guards they use in softball. I just can’t seem to get rid of anything, though. You never know when the perfect photo shoot requires a red plate, or a square bowl, right?
When I make homemade panini’s I use something I already have tucked away in my crowded cabinet. And if you were alive in the mid 90’s, you probably have one of your very own tucked away. It’s a George Forman grill. It was a worldwide craze that sold over 100 million units.
These days I don’t use mine that often for chicken or burgers. But, let me just say it makes a great panini press! In fact if you have a larger grill you can make two panini’s at a time and it only takes a few minutes.
There are multiple panini combinations to make from spicy Italian, to turkey and Asiago cheese.
This ham and Swiss Panini is one of my favorites to make. This classic recipe is a great place to start if your new to the world of panini making.
So, if your looking for a simple, but tasty lunch or dinner option, here’s a great one. So go dig out that old George Forman grill, heat up a pot of yummy soup, and give this Easy Ham And Swiss Panini a try.
- 2 slices of sourdough bread (I used Pepperidge Farm brand)
- 6 to 8 slices of shaved deli ham
- 1 to 2 slices of Swiss cheese
- 2 slices of tomato
- Thinly sliced purple onion
- Approximately 1 tablespoon of mayo
- Olive oil
- Red wine vinegar
- Turn on George Forman Grill, or panini press, allow to warn up
- Generously butter one side of sourdough bread. Lay bread, butter side down, on grill
- Generously apply mayo to up side. Layer ham, cheese, tomato and onion, onto mayo.
- Drizzle with olive oil and red wine vinegar. Salt and pepper to taste.
- Add mayo to another piece of bread and top, mayo side down
- Generously butter the upright side of the bread. Close grill lid. Allow to cook for approximately 5 minutes or until panini reaches desired brownness