12 Panini Recipes That Will Inspire You To Buy A Panini Press Right Now

There's nothing quite like a delicious sandwich, but make it a panini sandwich, and suddenly that lunch of yours becomes instantly gourmet. Making your bread perfectly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside without any extra butter or oil, panini presses open up a world of sandwich-making opportunities. Whether you whip up a fancy grilled cheese or just take your work sandwich to the next level, we guarantee that this is one kitchen gadget you won't regret buying. Take a look at these panini recipes, and you'll be drooling in no time.

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Parmigiano & Fig Grilled Cheese

Figs add a delicate sweetness to parmesan and arugula. Love and Lemons completely redefines grilled cheese.

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Strawberry, Basil, and Goat Cheese Panini

Tomato, mozzarella, and basil may be classic, but Cookie and Kate knows how to shake things up. Strawberries and goat cheese make a refreshing alternative.

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Roasted Pork & Prosciutto Sandwich with Pickled Pepper Relish

Homemade pickled pepper relish is surprisingly easy to make and adds the perfect tanginess to The Crepes of Wrath’s pork and prosciutto panini.

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Pancetta Mac and Cheese Panini

Mac and cheese is good on its own. But slathered between two pieces of bread and some pancetta? Even better. Damn Delicious knows how it’s done.

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South African Cheese, Grilled Onion, and Tomato Panini

This South African dish, called braaibroodjie, is deceptively easy to make. The Kitchn breaks it down to five core ingredients.

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Marshmallow Peeps and Nutella Sandwich

Sandwiches aren’t just for lunch and dinner. Get ready for the sweetest dessert ever with Climbing Grier Mountain’s marshmallow-Nutella panini.

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Peach and Taleggio Panini

Taleggio and peaches make a sweet, melty treat. A Cozy Kitchen drizzles on the honey for a fancy fix.

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Kalbi Steak Kimchi Grilled Cheese

Who knew that kimchi and cheese was such a match made in heaven? Damn Delicious makes the Korean favorite a super delicious sandwich filling.

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Tofu Prosciutto Panini

Thinly sliced silken tofu adds a protein boost to Steamy Kitchen’s prosciutto panini. Layer on the tomatoes and mozzarella to finish it off.

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Panini Sandwich with Creamy Pesto Sauce

The secret to extra creamy pesto sauce: cream cheese. A Spicy Perspective’s ham and salami panini mixes things up with artichokes and alfalfa sprouts.

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Smoked Turkey Club Panini

Turkey clubs are a classic sandwich, but a little extra crispiness goes a long way. Mel’s Kitchen Cafe uses hearty bread for a filling meal.

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Chocolate and Brie Panini

Cheese and chocolate: the combination may sound strange to some, but this is by far one of our favorite combinations out there. A Cozy Kitchen knows how to make a killer savory-sweet sandwich.

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