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How to Make Paninis Without a Panini Maker

How to Make Panini Without a Panini Maker

Just because you don't have a panini maker doesn't mean you can't enjoy pressed sandwiches. I make them all the time with two frying pans and a couple of cans of food. Here's what you do:

  1. Prepare the sandwiches, then place in a hot pan.
  2. Set another frying pan on top and weigh it down with several heavy cans. Cook for a couple of minutes, remove the top frying pan, and flip the sandwich.
  3. Return the pan and cans into place and finish cooking the sandwich.

While you won't get the pretty grill marks that come from a panini press, you will get a deliciously crispy exterior and melted cheese center. Have you ever made pressed sandwiches this way?

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shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 6 years
I use an iron. I double foil-wrap my sandwiches and set the iron on them for a good two minutes on each side.
GummiBears GummiBears 6 years
That is quite ingenious. I might incorporate that when I start eating sandwiches again.
courtneyd courtneyd 6 years
I do the sandwich between two pans, but the bottom pan is a grill pan, so I do get the nice grill marks. I use my bacon press if I'm only making one sandwich, and I sit the bacon press in the pan on top if making multiple (as opposed to the cans).
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 6 years
I was just going to suggest that Fuzzles. :) We use a foil wrapped brick too.
fuzzles fuzzles 6 years
I use a foil-wrapped brick. It pulls double duty for crispy "chicken under a brick."
yvettecq yvettecq 6 years
Yes, this is exactly how I make my paninis! My sandwich of the week has been a grilled eggplant...some marinara, fresh mozzarella & either arugula and basil on foccacia. Have had it 3 x this past week. YUM!
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