Panini Planning

This year for Neal’s birthday, my parents bought him a Cuisinart Griddler!


Since meeting Neal, he’s always talked about wanting to make panini sandwiches at home and how great having a panini press would be.  With this awesome kitchen appliance, which has interchangeable plates, you can grill, press, and sear just about anything.


Neal and I are going to break out the Griddler and christen her on Sunday night, so I’ve been searching for the perfect “first panini”.  Iowa Girl Eats makes some legen…wait for it… dary, legendary, paninis/grilled sandwiches, so I started with her site.

After drooling over Kristin’s paninis, I headed over to my Pinterest for some more inspiration!

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese

Balsamic Caprese Panini

Southwestern Chicken Panini

There are some awesome panini recipes out there, but in all honesty, I think you just have to get creative.  There are so many amazing ingredients out there and so many different combinations which can turn into the perfect panini!  Here’s what you need…

  • Bread
  • Sauce/Spread
  • Protein or Hearty Vegetable
  • Cheese
  • Any additional mixins

I’m really looking forward to making paninis with Neal on Saturday.  I’m so glad he finally got a panini press and I’m sure we’ll make lots of yummy meals on that thing!

Today’s Meal Plan

Breakfast – 2 eggs, 1 slice cheese, 2 slices of bread, ham, and a cup of coffee (10PP)

Lunch – Cinnamon steel cut oats,  1/4 cup of dried cranberries, and a cup of coffee (10PP)

Dinner – Trader Joe’s Vegetable Melange and a little pasta (??PP)

Today’s Workout Plan (#20daychallenge)

20 minutes on stairmaster and some serious weight lifting

Today’s After Work Plans

  • Christmas shopping
  • Outline Masters Capstone

Do you have a favorite panini recipe?  If so, please feel free to share.



  1. Lauryn says

    Hmmm…once my aunt made me a panini, I think it was with roast beef and like a horseradish sauce and of course some kinda cheese, probably provalone would be good…but it was SOOO delicous. But the horseradish sauce was from heinz im pretty sure…look in the condiment section. You guys are going to have a blast with that thing! Now i kinda want one…LOL!

  2. says

    I love your blog! And that griddler is amazing. I’ve had mine for 1.5 years and it has worked wonders for me. Just a simple sourdough+favorite cheese+ham is a great combo! I don’t eat meat any more, but a grilled cheese panini can’t be beat. ;)

  3. says

    Oh my gosh! I’m so jealous!!! I want that Cuisinart griddle so so so badly. As soon as I have my own kitchen space it’s getting a permanent place in my cupboards.

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