Paninis – making regular sandwiches look bad since the 1950’s

I’m back after a long hiatus! I recently picked up the Giada De Laurentis Panini press from Target for $14.99. I can’t decide if I’m more excited about the delicious panini I made or the deal I got on the press itself :). I am not much of a sandwich person myself because really, who wants to eat a sandwich when you can eat something hot? Well, the beauty of a panini is that it’s a hot, crispy sandwich that really encompasses the best of both worlds.

This is the first time making a panini, so I thought…why not make one of my favorite sandwiches? A Reuben, of course.

Here’s what I used to make mine:
– 2 slices of white, sour dough bread with a schmear of butter on one side
– a dollop of Thousand island dressing, spread evenly on one slice of bread (not the buttered side)

– a slice of Provolone cheese
– several slices of thinly slices corned beef (I used Boar’s Head from my local grocery store)

– as much sauerkraut as you’d like

1. Preheat your panini press on Low heat. I’ve found that cooking the panini on high heat causes it to cook too quickly, making it really easy to burn your sandwich.

2. I buttered one side of both slices of bread. The buttered sides will be the outside of the sandwich. It really adds a beautiful color to the cr

usty exterior and definitely adds to the crunchiness of the panini.

3. Schmear on a little bit of Thousand Island dressing to one of the slices of bread (not on top of the buttered side).

4. Add one slice of Provolone cheese on top of the dressing.

5. Stack up your corned beef to your liking. I like to add about 1/4 lb of meat into my sandwich, making it pretty hearty.

6. Add some sauerkraut and you’re almost ready to go!

7. Please the other slice of bread on

top (buttered side out) and you’re ready to start pressing.

8. Place the ready to go sandwich on the panini press and close the lid. I usually

give it about 2-3 minutes before I open the lid and check on the sandwich.

9. Continue to check on the panini until the outside is golden brown. And, voila! You have yourself a panini 🙂

Needless to say, it was absolutely delicious.

Some might ask you “Why in the world do you have a panini press? That’s so random.” No need to reply…just make them a panini.


2 responses to “Paninis – making regular sandwiches look bad since the 1950’s


  2. Mmmmmm, delicious :O

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