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What’s your favourite combination for a grilled sandwich?

I’m going to do grilled sandwiches tomorrow for dinner – Panini style either on the indoor grill or on the bbq. Looking for some interesting combo’s.

What have you had that really tastes great?

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  1. Yum-- I love panini combinations:

    Sun dried tomato spread, fresh mozz, basil leaves

    Smoked turkey, gouda, apples

    Brie and chutney or fig spread

    nutella panini for dessert, of course!

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    1. re: madisoneats

      I KNEW someone was gona say cheese and fig chutney.

      Fine, then I'll add cheese and chili, like real, green thai chilies.

      1. Boar's Head White American cheese and salsa.

        1. One of my favourites is grilled vegetables (eggplant, zucchini, red onion, portabello mush, red and yellow peppers – skins removed) with pesto spread and cheese (Applewood cheddar or Monterey Jack)

          Pesto, sun dried tomatoes, grilled chicken and cheddar is a good one too!!

          1. it's on the sweet side, but not exactly a dessert panini either -
            brie with thinly sliced pears and candied walnuts. I'll never forget the first time I tried this combo.

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            1. re: bijoux16

              I'm with you bijoux! I love paninis on the sweeter side, that marry fruit and a sweet spread with cheese. Pear, apple, figs with goat cheese, brie, jarlsberg. Yum!

            2. prosciutto, hot mustard, green apple, and brie/other soft cheese... so good...

              1. Gruyère & Sage (with a dash of Worcestershire Sauce)

                Roasted Red Pepper, Dill, & Feta

                Cheddar and Mint Pesto

                And of course, you can't beat a classic Cuban!


                1. A good mozzarella, tomato, basil and prosciutto on a ciabatta. Grilled.

                  1. leftover steak, provolone, arugula....Mmmmmm

                    although everyone's ideas are making me hungry!

                    1. First and foremost, ham and cheese. It may be old fashioned but it's still great.
                      I also like BF ham, smoked turkey breast and Gruyere.
                      If you can make an olive tapenade, you can do a muffaletta. Genoa (Hot) BF ham and provolone with olive tapenade (Olive salad). It's a great combo.
                      You can always to a Philly cheese steak too.


                      1. pork tenderloin, cherry peppers, cheese, and what ever sauce/spread you have around that goes with pork (my favorite is a roasted poblano sauce)mmmmmm my mouth is watering!

                        1. You need to make one with jalapeno jelly and a creamy mild cheese. Or sub mango chutney for the jelly if you don't have any, though that's better with fontina.

                          I like grilled veggies with caramelized onions. After it's grilled, add greens or sprouts for crunch.

                          Hummus makes fab panini, too. Pair with roasted peppers, then add crunchy carrot salad once it's grilled.

                          Try using day-old croissants for the bread, esp. for dessert panini.

                          1. Thanks for all the great suggestions.

                            I think I’m going to have to do a few different ones.
                            I like the idea of adding some sweet in with the savoury and may use up the last of my figs as a compote of sorts. Another one with grilled veggies.

                            Off to get some great bread and cheese all the fixin’s – thanks for the inspiration!

                            1. arugula, vine ripe tomatoes, red onion and any melty cheese to match what ever meat you feel like... roast beef & blue cheese or good chedder, smoked turkey and havarti or provolone. ah endless possibilities.. Don't forget good bread!!

                              1. Cubanos...!

                                yellow mustard
                                deli ham
                                roast or pulled pork
                                swiss cheese

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                                1. re: Pincho

                                  For eating out, yes, a Cuban is da bomb...I responded with the lowly American cheese and salsa, and that is what I love to cook at home...here in SW FL, there are so many places that say they serve Cuban sandwiches but only one of them serves them with real roasted marinated pork (the others use some kind of pork lunch meat...pitOOOEY!)...it's one of those sandwiches that I would never try at home and I just leave it to the experts at Fernandez the Bull (Naples)...our office did a "Cuban run" two weeks ago, and all you could hear was the moaning and groaning over the deliciousness of those sandwiches when I returned wit' da goods!

                                  1. re: Val

                                    If I lived in Florida I might not bother either... but since I don't I make them at home... I almost always make cuban sandwiche the day after making 1) arista or 2) bbq pork shoulder as leftovers from either make a great sandwich. Last time I made them was for a picnic on the beach... everything tastes better on the beach so this is a fond memory.

                                    1. re: Val

                                      Where's your favorite place for a Cuban, Val? Somewhere in Little Havana?


                                      1. re: TexasToast

                                        Well, I could probably find plenty of places in Miami's Little Havana area for sure that put out a fine Cuban sandwich...but the place we love is here in Naples at Fernandez the Bull one of the few awesome ethnic restaurants that are here.

                                        1. re: Val

                                          Will have to try it some time.


                                    2. re: Pincho

                                      You were watching Alton last night weren't you??


                                      1. re: Davwud

                                        No.... why? Did he do cuban sandwiches on his show?

                                    3. Goat cheese, prosciutto, and apricot jam on whole grain bread.

                                      1. This is a cold-hot combo (more like a bruschetta):
                                        grilled bread (I used homemade baguette- the loaf was kinda ugly so this was a good way to hide it!)
                                        goat cheese mixed with a little cream and chopped rosemary
                                        sliced fresh figs (we have a tree with brown turkeys, but I'm sure missions would be good)
                                        honey to drizzle
                                        serve open-faced

                                        1. roast turkey, cheddar and mango chutney with very thinly sliced red onion.

                                          1. ham and cheese with membrillo(quince paste)

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                                            1. re: ghbrooklyn

                                              Ham and cheese with apple butter is good, too.

                                            2. Grilled cheese around roasted red peppers. I made this once and just for the heck of it I crushed some peanuts on it too and it was divine.

                                              1. Here's one we made last week....

                                                * Helman's and whole grain mustard (ALthough sometimes we use Pesto)
                                                * Grilled Red Peppers
                                                * Sauteed Button Mushrooms
                                                * Chicken Breast
                                                * Munster Cheese

                                                it was SOOO good... :)


                                                1. I juat saw Giada make Panini with prosciutto, lemon-mayonnaise, arugula, and fresh tomatoes on ciabatta.

                                                  She also made a sweet one on slices of pound cake with nutella, and fresh strawberries, griddled with a butter flavored cooking spray.


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                                                  1. re: TexasToast

                                                    Was the cooking spray used just to grease the griddle? I personally haven't tried grilling pound cake, but isn't it made with enough butter that it wouldn't stick. I can't imagine the spray imparts much flavor to the pound cake. The combination minus spray sounds good.

                                                    1. re: rumgum

                                                      Yep, she sprayed the gilling machine and then whacked the lid down. They LOOKED okay when they came out, but that's the power of television.


                                                  2. grilled cheese with bacon and tomato

                                                    As for grilling pound cake, back when Ella's Deli on State Street in Madison was great, they grilled theirs in butter. (Then came the ice cream, fudge and caramel sauces, whipped cream, nuts cherry.)

                                                    1. Roasted eggplant, red peppers and diced sweet onion with basil and Chevre on italian bread.

                                                      1. On ciabata bread (or other good italian bread), boursin cheese, grilled chicken, field greens, carmelized onions, roasted red peppers...one of my favorite little pasta shops makes this sandwich and it is amazing!

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                                                        1. re: AnjLM

                                                          It sounds a bit Eatzi's (aside from the Boursin, that is).


                                                        2. I think pound cake may be a bit overkill on the fat/sugar when mixed with Nutella. For sweet panini (aka grilled nutella sandwich), plain old nutella on brioche bread (not too sweet) or challah, or whatever bread you have on hand, fried in a bit of butter.
                                                          For savory, grated gruyere mixed with dijon mustard, spread on sourdough bread with ham, fried in olive oil. Credit goes to someone else for this combo, but I can't remember where I saw the recipe. I'm sure some arugula on it would be excellent.

                                                          1. What I really want to know is how to roast the pork (Lechon Asado?)in order to make the Cubana sandwich at home. I know I should make my own rolls/bread too - but hey, you got to draw the line somewhere!

                                                            Does anyone have a good roast pork recipe that would play well in this delectable sandwich?

                                                            1. Oh man. Grilled cheese and bacon.

                                                              1. Last night's panini was ciabatta bread with grilled chicken, broccoli rabe sauted in garlic, roasted red peppers and sharp Provolone. Fabulous, if I do say so myself.

                                                                1. Bacon, tomato, cheese and mayo.
                                                                  Cheese, onion, tomato - plenty salt and pepper.

                                                                  1. 1) Niman ranch ham, gruyere cheese, dijon mustard, seeded rye bread.
                                                                    2) Tuna melt - tuna salad made with lots of minced onions, jack cheese, Orowheat health nut bread, lettuce on the side - the lettuce is neccesary for contrast, but I found putting it into the sandwich itself just wilts it and defeats the purpose.

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                                                                    1. re: niki rothman

                                                                      I'll give you everything EXCEPT the seeded rye bread.

                                                                      1. re: Prawn Cocktail

                                                                        So...what would you have instead of the seeded rye? Perhaps pumpernickel would be even better methinks. But it's such a rich flavor - with the ham, mustard, and gruyere that you'd want a strong tasting bread to go with. No?

                                                                        1. re: niki rothman

                                                                          I'd use the bread most often used to make Cuaban's with.

                                                                          1. re: Prawn Cocktail

                                                                            I think that would be a french roll. But my sandwich seems more french to me than cuban. Or the good old standard - ham on rye I think is a classic.

                                                                    2. A local take out joint does a grilled panini with fig spread, prosciutto and fresh mozzerella. The best sandwich I ever had.

                                                                      1. I keep wanting to make a muffaletta sandwich, but never seem to have all the ingredients at once - thin sliced ham, salami, mortadella, olive salad, grilled sweet red peppers, provalone - on a kaiser roll or french bread and pressed or grilled in the George Foreman.

                                                                        1. smoked turkey, swiss and thinly sliced cucumbers grilled in a flat pan

                                                                          big fat tomatoes and cheese grilled still my fav

                                                                          1. Smoked turkey, swiss, cream cheese and cranberry sauce or apricot jam grilled on sourdough.


                                                                            1. brie and candied walnuts

                                                                              1. I never used to like brie, but if you drizzle some maple syrup on it, it doesn't taste so bad! Add some toasted walnuts and you've got a dessert sandwich.

                                                                                1. My favorite for leftover roast leg of lamb (sliced): Mix Mango chutney with grated apple and chopped toasted pecans. Spread a little softened butter the outside of two halves of a panini roll, and spread this on the inside of the bottom. Add sliced lamb, crumbled blue cheese (I like gorgonzola) spread a little of the chutney mixture on the top half and close it up. Then you press away on your grill!

                                                                                  1. That (above) lamb panani sounds great. My favorite's also w/lamb -- sliced lamb, grilled leeks, and fontina.
                                                                                    No matter what savory cheese + panini I make, I first toast the bread just a little and then rub the slices with a raw garlic clove before assembling and grilling. I think it adds such an awesome flavor to many combos (other favorites for this = goat cheese, tomato, basil and mozzerella, speck). Umm. (Of course, you have to like garlic.)

                                                                                    1. I like pepper jack cheese with slices of tomato on pita, especially if I can stick it under the broiler until the pita bread is crispy. Yum!

                                                                                      1. Sliced porchetta, sauteed rapini w/ garlic & red pepper flakes & fontina

                                                                                        Shaved Bavarian ham, gruyere & caramelized onions w/grainy mustard-horsey-mayo

                                                                                        Busha Browne's banana chutney and aged cheddar w/toasted walnuts

                                                                                        1. Fresh tomato, green onion, garlic and cheese. Killer.

                                                                                          1. Favorite panino: good white bread, prosciutto, goat cheese, and apricot jam.