Pizza Panini/Sandwich Made With My Sweet Sandwich Maker

Question of the Day: do you have to use a panini maker to make a panini? See, I’ve got this sweet grilled cheese sandwich maker, which I usually use to make grilled cheese sandwiches. It’s been serving me well ever since I yanked it out of the trash whilst dumpster diving at the University of Richmond many moons ago (the end of the Spring semester is prime time to find such treasures, incidentally). Anyhow, it’s fun to make grilled cheese plus [insert ingredient here] sandwiches in it. For example, a delightful concoction such as this:

pizza panini - uncooked

We’ve got two slices of wheat bread to start. On the left are two large slices of pepperoni, salsa, and feta cheese. The right has two slices of provolone, plus spinach. On a related note, don’t buy those weeny packages of pre-sliced little pepperonis that are usually sitting near the pizza crusts in the grocery store. Get your pepperoni from the deli instead – tastes so much better and, per pound at least, is often cheaper. Extras live just fine in the freezer as well!

Anyhow, you put this together and it makes a rather fat sandwich. Meaning I had to squish my sandwich maker down super hard to get it to click shut, and even then I still had to wipe up a wee bit of salsa juice that peed out of it.

cooked pizza panini sandwich

OK, so the sandwich was definitely too big. It didn’t matter once this thing made it into my mouth, though. Freaking amazing! Pizza panini is a win!

Oh, and I looked up “panini.” Apparently, by the US definition at least, it’s any sort of pressed sandwich. Meaning that every grilled cheese sandwich I make is a panini as well, being made in my sandwich maker with hot sandwich pressing action. Yum!

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  1. Betsy June 5, 2011 8:39 pm

    My parents ordered one of these from an informercial way back in the early 90s. A former co-worker recommended to Jay that he buy me one as an anniversary present!

    • ptocheia June 6, 2011 12:03 am

      How funny! Also, I would totally give one of these as an anniversary present, and would giftwrap a package of processed cheese food product to accompany it (and then hope whoever I was giving it to had a sense of humor and/or a high level of appreciation for “cheeze”).

  2. Tracie June 5, 2011 10:18 pm

    This was SO funny to read, especially since my boyfriend and I had this very same discussion today! I was making a grilled cheese sandwich and he said I should press it down to make a panini. And I said, "is pressing a sandwich down what makes it a panini"? So, it's good to know that, in fact, I would have made a panini if I chose to press it down. :)

    • ptocheia June 6, 2011 12:07 am

      Yay! This also means that the next time you make a PBJ, you should toast the bread and then squish it down and insist on calling it a panini, just because you can! Hmm..there’s some good possibilities here…the next time I bake something, and it falls flat, I’ll just say it’s “panini-style”!

  3. Ferdina December 13, 2016 12:32 am

    On the left are two large slices of pepperoni, salsa, and feta cheese. fake prada bags