What do you cook in your panini?
We use our pannini often and I would like some variety in the snadwiches that we make. Prefer some that are not loaded with cheese and slathered in butter.
Butter, yes, gruyere, ham (I like the slivered kind) and maybe a hint of Dijon. A bit of tomato and/or onion. Very simple and wonderful. (I put the gruyere both under and on top of the ham, to glue it all together.)
I have a couple favorites but quality bread is always the most important- soft italian bread is usually my favorite.
- chicken/fresh fig/grey poupon/hot sauce
- eggplant/feta/sweet potato
- cream cheese/salmon/hot sauce
The classic: Genoa salame, prosciutto, thinly sliced tomato, sharp provolone, sometimes thinly sliced Bermuda or other onion, Scali bread slathered with roasted garlic aioli and/or EVOO.
We do them with all sorts of things. Last night it was smoked turkey, black forest ham with muenster and pepperjack cheeses.
I do a roast beef, blue cheese & grilled onion with arugula that's great too.
My fave though, is the very simple prosciutto, fresh mozzerella, greens and maybe a little olive tapenade sometimes.
Oh, and nutella on good cibatta...lovely.
Leftover meats: Chicken, carnitas, roast, whatever. Along with whatever cheese I feel like using: blue, swiss, camembert... Arugula is my favorite green.
Or - smoked salmon, prosciutto, the usual Italian deli meats.
My panini grill is non-stick, so I just use a swab of olive oil instead of butter, more for flavor than anything else.