The panini is one of the most universally loved sandwiches of all time. In fact, there’s even a whole month dedicated to celebrating this classic Italian treat. And, since August is National Panini Month, we came up with these five quick and easy recipes that’ll help you put together some of the best homemade panini you can proudly showcase all-month long!
- Grilled Pizza Panini
Let’s begin by mixing two all-time Italian favorites in one creative recipe: pizza and panini! Instead of the usual bread, grilled pizza dough is used as the base. The char and crispness of the dough is the perfect foil for the melty, cheesy insides, which inevitably makes for an enticing treat. Pizza is a classic dish, but it can also seem routine. Thus, putting a little twist on it should give the kids (and adults) a fun and slightly different pizza experience.
- Panzanella Panini
This one’s a fast, delicious, and healthy take, which is basically done by combining sandwich and salad to create a fancy looking snack perfect for anytime of the day. You can never go wrong with tomatoes and basil, but don’t hesitate to mix it up with those spices, alright? Try a little sea salt, maybe.
- Chocolate Panini
Chocolate has an uncanny way of just popping up on any list that involves snacks and desserts. But who’s complaining? The chocolate panini is the yummy treat for breakfast or dessert that we never thought we needed. There are a lot of variations to this recipe, too, since chocolate, for one, has always been a flexible ingredient. You can try adding some marshmallows as well, or peanut butter for an easy, decadent treat.
- Chicken and Avocado Panini
Fresh avocado, thin-sliced chicken, a bit of lemon juice, cilantro, and a few other spices make for an amazing summer-themed Panini fix for the whole family. Putting it all together can be a bit time-consuming compared to other Panini recipes, but the payoff for this one is certainly worth all the trouble. There can also be a lot of iterations for this recipe, which makes it all the more interesting.
- Prosciutto and Provolone Panini
The unique mix of prosciutto, Provolone, pesto, and sautéed veggies on rustic bread brings out a unique blend of flavors that’s perfect for breakfast or a light dinner. A touch of pepper is also recommended for those who want to spice things up a notch. For better results, remember to cut the prosciutto and peppers to thin slices so that the meat won’t slide out of the sandwich while you’re taking a bite.
It’s not hard to see why this simple Italian treat is a go-to-snack for many of us. In fact, even restauranteurs love it because it offers a ton of variations and is relatively easy to prepare. The ingredients can also be conveniently adjusted in order to cater to one’s meaty cravings or someone else’s vegetarian preferences.
Now that you have some fresh ideas, all you need are ingredients! Let these easy-to-make and creative recipes put a smile on your face and a little ‘panini’ twist in your summer diet. Finally, make sure to have the proper training in food safety to have a worry-free celebration.