Red, White, and Green Panini

Filled with an assortment of meats, cheeses, and greens, an electric sandwich press or indoor grill adds the finishing touch to the ciabatta or Italian bread.

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  • Makes: 4 servings
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Grill: 6 mins per batch
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Red, White, and Green Panini
Ingredients
1
16 ounce unsliced ciabatta or Italian bread
2
tablespoons olive oil
1/4
cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
1
tablespoon purchased basil pesto
6
ounces thinly sliced provolone cheese
4
ounces thinly sliced cooked ham or coppacola
4
ounces thinly sliced salami
1
recipe Red Onion Relish
2
cups fresh spinach or arugula
Directions
  1. Cut bread in half horizontally. Brush the outside of loaf with oil. Place bottom half of loaf on a piece of waxed paper. Set top aside. In a small bowl, mix mayonnaise and pesto; set aside.
  2. Preheat an electric sandwich press, covered indoor grill, grill pan, or 12-inch skillet. Pace half of the cheese on bottom half of bread. Spread mayonnaise mixture over cheese. Layer with meats, Red Onion Relish, spinach, and remaining cheese. Replace top. Cut into 4 sandwiches. Place sandwiches (half at a time, if necessary) in the sandwich press or indoor grill; cover and and cook about 6 minutes or until bread is toasted. (If using a grill pan or skillet, place sandwiches on grill pan. Weight sandwiches down and grill about 2 minutes or until bread is toasted. Turn sandwiches, weight down, and grill remaining sides.) Makes 4 sandwiches.
Red Onion Relish
Ingredients
1
medium red onion
2
tablespoons olive oil
1
tablespoon red wine vinegar
1
teaspoon snipped fresh oregano
 
salt
 
ground black pepper
Directions
  1. Combine red onion, halved and thinly sliced; olive oil; red wine vinegar; and snipped fresh oregano. Season with salt and ground black pepper. Cover, let stand at room temperature up to 2 hours. Drain.
Nutrition Facts (Red, White, and Green Panini)
    Per serving:
  • 869 kcal cal.,
  • 54 g fat
  • (16 g sat. fat,
  • 11 g polyunsaturated fat,
  • 20 g monounsatured fat),
  • 77 mg chol.,
  • 2114 mg sodium,
  • 63 g carb.,
  • 4 g fiber,
  • 2 g sugar,
  • 32 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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