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Cooking with Brian

Cooking with Brian

July 25, 2023 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Grilled Panini

Panini sandwiches get their distinct look from the grill marks. I like to serve this grilled sandwich with soup or even salad. You can use this recipe to make multiple sandwiches. Just assemble them ahead of time, grill, and place in a warm oven until serving.


  • 1 tablespoon extra-light olive oil, or as needed
  • 2 slices Italian bread
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 3 slices deli ham, or more to taste
  • 2 slices Cheddar cheese
  • 1 slice firm-ripe tomato
  • 1 thin slice onion
  • cooking spray



  1. Drizzle olive oil on 1 side of each bread slice. Spread 1 tablespoon mayonnaise on other side of each slice.
  2. Arrange layers of ham, Cheddar cheese, tomato, and onion on top. Top with other bread slice, mayonnaise-side down.
  3. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat; spray lightly with cooking spray. Place sandwich on grill pan; weigh it down with a heavy pan. Cook until cheese is melted and grill marks appear, 3 to 5 minutes per side.


This basic recipe is easily changed up with prosciutto, salami, or even turkey. This is also great as a veggie sandwich.

You can use French bread for Italian, extra-virgin olive oil for extra-light, and spreadable cheese for mayonnaise.

I recommend a George Forman grill because it eliminates the need for flipping. If you don’t have a grill pan, use a regular cast iron or nonstick skillet.


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