Grilled (All The) Cheese Panini on Dark Rye

On three occasions in the past few weeks our cheese drawer has slid out of the fridge and crashed onto the floor. It’s overstuffed with cheese – the price of being a panini blogger, I suppose. I just get so excited to work with different types of cheeses, it sometimes gets a little out of hand.

So rather than provoke a fourth cheese drawer accident, I decided to use up some of the contents and draw upon a fabulous idea from Mary and George at Taste Artisan Cheese and Gourmet Shop, a great local shop here in San Diego. They sell a “shredded blend” made from odds and ends of different artisan cheeses. No two batches are the same. As they describe it, the blend “makes for a wonderfully eclectic mix of flavors and textures.”  While my cheese stash can’t compare with what Mary and George work with I was intrigued by the idea of putting together an interesting combination. That’s why I’m calling this the Grilled (All The) Cheese Panini, featuring seven different cheeses: cheddar, Monterey Jack, parmigiano reggiano, mozzarella, Swiss, pecorino romano and Brie. All on homemade dark rye bread. It would take a palate more sensitive than mine to discern the flavor of each individual cheese, but the combination was pretty fantastic.

Homemade Dark Rye Bread

Shred the odds and ends in your cheese drawer for a flavorful combo

Grilled (All The) Cheese Panini on Dark Rye

Grilled (All The) Cheese Panini on Dark Rye


Dark rye bread
Shredded cheese – the more variety the merrier!


Preheat the panini grill* to medium-high heat.

For each sandwich: Place a generous amount of shredded cheese between two slices of bread. Grill sandwich until cheese is melted, about 3 to 4 minutes. Serve immediately and enjoy!

* No panini grill? See How to Make Panini Without a Panini Press


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  1. lo! wrote:

    The grilled cheese concept is SUPER fantastic. But, I’m drooling over that homemade dark rye.

    If ONLY I didn’t work all day long!! BOOO!

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  2. Maria wrote:

    Love the bread choice! And bring on that cheese!

    Maria’s last blog post..Mexican Tofu Scramble

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  3. Hi Kathy – Thanks for the nice plug! Glad we could serve as inspiration for what looks like an amazingly tasty sammy 🙂

    Posted 4.14.09 Reply
  4. Dani wrote:

    what a good looking grilled cheese 🙂

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  5. Melissa wrote:

    There’s not a single cheese you used that I don’t like. AWESOME. The bread is like (homemade) icing on the cake. Great one, Kathy!

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  6. I love dark rye bread with cheese. So yummy!

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  7. Katie wrote:

    that is such a good idea! right now we have fresh mozz, cheddar, sharp white cheddar, and I think some feta in the fridge.

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  8. Looks great! All of the cheese you used are awesome cheeses. Plus those grill marks on the dark rye look so perfect! Yum!

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  9. Dragon wrote:

    I love rye bread but I’ve never grilled it. I’m going to try this!

    Posted 4.15.09 Reply
  10. Sophia wrote:

    SEVEN different cheeses! holy cow! as a self-proclaimed cheese-whore, this is a dream come true…mmmm~~~

    Sophia’s last blog post..It’s time.

    Posted 4.16.09 Reply
  11. I love that your cheese shop sells shredded ends. I’ve kept a cheese box in my freezer for years. Whenever I have a little bit of cheese left from a recipe, I grate it into the box. Then I use the box when I make quesadillas or grilled cheese sandwiches, or need a topping for a mac and cheese casserole.

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    • PaniniKathy wrote:

      What a fantastic idea, Lydia! I’m going to adopt that practice from now on. Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

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  12. Did you say 7 cheeses? I have died and gone to heaven!!!!

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  13. OMG that is the most creative round-up! I love it!

    Posted 4.26.09 Reply