Panini Sandwich

Turkey, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Mozzarella Panini Sandwich

As with most things that inspire my weekly menu, I found a slew of beautiful recipes for panini sandwiches on Pinterest. (Follow me on Pinterest to get meal ideas!) I toyed with the idea of a pear and Gorgonzola panini, or a chicken, brie and apple panini. In the end, I settled on making one out of ingredients that I had (and ingredients I thought my husband would enjoy), which turned out to be a turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mozzarella panini sandwich.

Then I remembered that I don’t own a panini press. Not that I am against buying small appliances that rarely get used, but my cupboards are already full with my breadmaker, cupcake holder, 4 crockpots (yes, I don’t know why I have that many), and dehydrator.

Good thing I am good at improvising! What I do happen to own is a grill pan, and a pan lid, and the hot grill pan, combined with a little pressure on the pan lid was all I needed to get those pretty grill marks that paninis have.

Turkey, Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato and Mozzarella Panini Sandwich

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 slices whole grain bread
  • 1-2 ounces deli turkey breast
  • 4 slices bacon, cooked and crispy
  • A few leafs of lettuce or spinach
  • Half a ripe tomato, sliced thinily
  • A few slices of mozzarella

Heat grill pan or panini press over medium heat. If using a grill pan, add olive oil and allow to warm. Lay bread slices on grill pan or panini press and allow to get a little crispy. Remove from heat, and assemble sandwich: Add a layer of mayo or horseradish dressing (recipe below) to each slice of bread on the side that was just grilled. Then layer on turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, and mozzarella, and top with other bread slice.

Return to grill pan or panini press. If using a grill pan, grab a plate or a pan lid, and gently press the sandwich into the grill pan (to melt the cheese and get those great grill markings), until golden brown. Flip, using a spatula, and repeat until the other side is golden brown.


Horseradish Mayo

  • 4 tbsp mayo
  • 1 tsp creamy horseradish (this is the kind I buy, but you should be able to find something similar at a local market)

Mix may and horseradish together in a small bowl.

This panini sandwich is easy to throw together on a busy worknight, and has great flavor and crowd appeal!

Don’t forget to pair it with a healthy side dish, like:

Do you have a favorite panini sandwich? Tell me in the comments what you enjoy putting on it!

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