You don't need a fancy panini press to make a good panini! Check out this video for tips on how to make yummy grilled sandwiches using items you already have in your kitchen. Save time and money with this method!
You Will Need
• Butter or olive oil
• Thick-sliced, hearty bread
• Two frying pans, one smaller than the other
• Sandwich fillings
• A griddle pan (optional)
• A brick wrapped in foil (optional)
Step 1: Butter the bread
Lightly butter or brush with olive oil one side each of two pieces of bread.
Sturdy, evenly sliced bread works best. Rounded, crusty bread such as baguette is more difficult to press.
Step 2: Heat the pan
Preheat the larger frying pan on medium heat.
A griddle pan works best and will give you a pleasingly striped sandwich.
Step 3: Add the bread
Place each piece of bread in the pan, butter side down.
Step 4: Add the fillings
Stack your fillings on one piece. Roasted vegetables, sliced meats, and cheese are all tasty choices. Put the cheese on last.
Step 5: Top it off
Put the other piece of bread on top of the fillings, butter or oil side up.
Step 6: Press
Press down on the sandwich with the second pan, and keep pressing as the sandwich cooks.
Place a foil-wrapped brick on your sandwich as it cooks to get the panini-press effect.
Step 7: Flip
Peek at the underside of the sandwich. When it's nicely browned, carefully flip it over. Compress it again and cook it until it's golden on both sides, and the cheese has melted.