Ingredients to Keep on Hand

by on February 20, 2008

If you have certain basic items on hand at all times great panini will just be minutes away. Of course, it’s all a matter of personal taste. After making a few different panini you’ll start to recognize the flavors you like best. Here are some suggestions to get you started.


MUST HAVE: Sliced sourdough – it grills well and is also excellent for non-grilled sandwiches and breakfast toast, so you’re not likely to waste it
NICE TO HAVE: Pita, rye, ciabatta, focaccia, raisin bread, puff pastry, English muffins, french rolls


MUST HAVE: Sliced cheddar – goes well with many types of sandwiches, or great as a snack on its own
NICE TO HAVE: Asiago, mozzarella, pepper jack, blue cheese, swiss, havarti, gruyere, provolone


MUST HAVE: Deli meats – any deli meat can be a good candidate for panini
NICE TO HAVE: Rotisserie chicken, fish filets, eggs, bacon, prosciutto, flank or skirt steak, turkey, shrimp, pulled pork


MUST HAVE: Mustard, mayonnaise, olive oil, butter – these versatile ingredients are great accompaniments to nearly all types of panini
NICE TO HAVE: Pesto spread, olive tapenade, sundried tomato spread, mango chutney, peanut butter, preserves


Often it’s the “extras” that make the sandwich: red onion, avocado, apples, spinach, arugula, tomatoes, chocolate

Stock your refrigerator and pantry and get grilling!

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1 Buster Carrier November 27, 2009 at 12:12 pm

Can you use a George Foreman Grill as a Panini Press? It has a slight incline to it to drain off fat when grilling. I think that would be the only drawback as a Panini Press. What do you think?


2 Kathy November 27, 2009 at 12:14 pm

Definitely, and many people do. See my Grill Method Smackdown post for my thoughts on how the Foreman Grill compares to the panini press:


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