Easy Homemade Panini Without a Panini Press
Perfectly cooked panini without a panini press, crunchy and toasted on the outside, warm, gooey, and cheesy on the inside!
- 1/4 cup (56g) mayonnaise
- 1 garlic clove pressed
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon pepper
- 1 loaf French bread
- 4 ounces chicken or turkey deli meat
- 4 slices cheese of choice
- 1 tomato optional
- 1 to 2 tablespoons butter
Cut bread into four even sections and slice those in half from end to end.
Spread aioli on both sides of bread and assemble sandwiches with meat, cheese, and optional tomato.
Give each sandwich a little press with the palm of your hands to flatten slightly.
Heat a large skillet over medium heat for a minute or two, so it has time to heat fully.
While skillet is heating, butter the bottoms of two of the sandwiches and place into the hot pan.
Place a heavy piece of cookware over the panini (cast iron works great for thiand press down firmly. Allow to cook for 1 to 2 minutes until golden and crunchy.
Butter the tops of the panini and flip. Set cookware back on top, pressing down to flatten further. Cook for a minute or so and remove from heat.
Repeat with the other two panini. Slice diagonally if desired. Enjoy!