Panini (singular panino) are mouthwatering Italian grilled sandwiches. They’re closely related to the French “croque monsieur,” but they’re made with olive oil rather than melted butter. You can put anything you want into them, so long as one of the ingredients is cheese, which ties the whole thing together.
Why not make them with the best bread you can find (your own of course)? First make some bread from any lean dough (white flour recipe, or a whole grain version), then come back here to fire up the panini press (you’ll see in some of my pictures that I used a mixture of doughs). One nice thing is that the bread doesn’t have to be absolutely fresh to make a crisp and crunchy panino, so this can be a great way to use up yesterday’s loaf… (more…)