What is a panini anyway, but a grilled pressed down sandwich.
You can use anything as a filling for a panini, and you don't need a panini press!
Lunch today was ham & cheese. Sounds a bit boring, but trust me, it was anything but.
I used Gruyere cheese, good Italian ham, and I made an orange mustard with 1 tbsp of Dijon mustard and 1 tbsp of orange marmalade (for 2 sandwiches).
Spread some orange mustard on one slice of Italian or French bread and top with ham, and 2 slices of Gruyere (or Swiss).
Add 1 tablespoon of butter or olive oil to a cast iron skillet or grill pan.
Place your sandwiches in the pan, and press down with a heavy pot lid!
No panini press needed!
Flip with a spatula and press down hard on the other side until the cheese is oozing and bread is nice and crisp.
All you need is a little muscle and you have the most delicious lunch!