Turkey & Bacon Panini

This panini is super easy and very affordable to make. If you don’t have a panini maker a George Foreman grill works just as well and you can pick one up for about $15.

You’ll need:

-Panini bread…or Italian bread works too

-Colby jack cheese

-Deli turkey (just a few slices if you’re making one sandwich)

-2-3 strips of bacon

-Mayo or whatever sandwich condiment you prefer

-1 Tb balsamic vinegar

-1/2 Tb olive oil

-Salt and pepper


The first thing you should do is turn on your panini maker/George Foreman grill to allow it to heat up. The nest step is to cook a few bacon strips ( I prefer to do this on the Foreman as well…”knock out the fat!” but you can do it in a regular frying pan). while the bacon is cooking begin to prepare the rest of your sandwich ingredients. Slice up two or three tomato slices. Mix in a small bowl the olive oil and balsamic vinegar, sprinkling in some salt and pepper as well. This will be used to drizzle on the sandwich and bread for some extra flavor. Use a cooking brush or spoon to lightly drizzle the mixture on both sides of the bread. Layer the sandwich as follows:

-Bread, cheese, turkey, bacon, cheese (one piece), tomato, cheese, bread (put mayo or something on the bread if you want to)

I like to layer the cheese on the outermost part of the fillings and the middle because it helps hold everything together, especially with slippery tomatoes (come on, who doesn’t hate biting into a sandwich and watching it all slip out onto your plate?!). Once you have the sandwich together just spray the panini maker with some cooking spray and toss it on. Grill the panini for about 5 minutes. When you see the cheese starting to ooze out you know you’ve got some panini deliciousness coming your way. I suggest allowing the panini to cool for a couple minutes before digging in, or you might find the cheese and everything sliding out of your sandwich (especially if you cut it in half). Serve with come homemade potato chips (recipe located on this blogsite) and enjoy!


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  1. #1 by Lauren on November 5, 2008 - 3:37 AM

    This recipe sounds so delicious! Being a college student who lives off campus, I feel lost sometimes on what to make for dinner. I typically just make some chicken with few seasonings and macaroni noodles. It gets to be REALLY dull after the fourth night a week eating it! But this recipe sounds pretty simple AND flavorful! I can’t wait to try this!But could you actually make this on the stove because I don’t have either a panini maker or a George Foreman?

  2. #2 by Kayla on November 5, 2008 - 5:41 AM

    You could definitely pull this off on the stove top; it would just be a super fancy grilled cheese. Take a pan and spray it with cooking spray and heat it on low-medium heat. Toss your panini on and let it cook for a few minutes. It will be a little harder to flip than a regular grilled cheese, so make sure to have a decent spatula and use your hand on the cool side to keep it together. You won’t get the fancy grill marks but it will taste just as good!

  3. #3 by Lauren on December 5, 2008 - 6:47 PM

    Great! Thank you so much for the tips! I’ll have to try it and let you know how it went!

  4. #4 by Kim on March 20, 2009 - 9:57 PM

    This will be the perfect recipe for dinner tonight! Glad to have found you!

  5. #5 by Kayla on March 23, 2009 - 9:46 PM

    I hope you enjoyed it!!

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