Grilled sandwiches or panini are a delicious way to transform a basic sandwich into a culinary experience. Simple meats and cheeses on bread are not a new phenomena, but grilled using a panini press, stovetop or outdoor grill, a frying pan, or even a waffle iron, creates a warm, melty taste sensation everyone will enjoy. In Greece, grilled sandwiches, or toast, as they are known, are served for breakfast and throughout the day as a snack. Try the following Greek-inspired grilled sandwich or use your own favorite fillings for a more personalized panini.
Greek Grilled Sandwiches
- Sliced bread, of your choice
- Sliced ham, turkey or a mixture of both, or your favorite deli meat
- Sliced kasseri, kefolgraviera, feta, or the cheese of your choice
- Thinly sliced tomatoes (optional)
Preheat your panini press, grill, frying pan, or waffle iron, season if needed. Each sandwich will need two slices of bread, 2-3 slices of ham or turkey or the deli meat of your choice, 2 slices of the cheese of your choice, and 2 slices of tomatoes, if using, or more depending on their size of the tomatoes. Be careful not to overload the sandwich, too much cheese will melt and ooze everywhere, and too much filling won’t heat all the way through. There should be a balance of ingredients. When the panini press, grill, pan or waffle iron is hot enough, place the sandwich, or sandwiches, depending on the size of your sliced bread and your grill, you may be able to fit more than one sandwich on at a time. If using a grill, or frying pan, check for a golden brown color on one side before flipping to grill on the other side. If using a panini press or waffle iron, follow the manufacturers directions for grilling your sandwich. Be careful when removing from the hot press, grill, or pan, the sandwich will be scorching hot. Allow it to cool slightly on a plate for a few minutes before serving. The grilled sandwiches may be served on their own or with a side salad for lunch.