Diva Tasting: Basic Grilled Panini…

Basic Grilled Panini


1 Tablespoon Olive Oil, Or As Needed

2 Slices Italian or Artisan Bread

2 Tablespoons Mayonnaise

2 Slices Cheddar Cheese

3 Slices Deli Ham, Or More To Taste

1 Slice Firm-Ripe Tomato

1 Thin Slice Onion (Optional)

Cooking Spray


Step 1 Drizzle olive oil on 1 side of each bread slice. Spread 1 tablespoon mayonnaise on the other side of each slice. Pile Cheddar cheese, ham, tomato, and onion on top. Top with other bread slice, mayonnaise side down.

Step 2 Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat; spray lightly with cooking spray. Place sandwich on grill; weigh it down with a heavy pan or grill press. Cook until cheese is melted about 3 to 5 minutes per side. Serve with Chips, fries or salad.


This basic recipe is easily changed up with prosciutto, salami, or even turkey. This is also great as a veggie sandwich. You can use spreadable cheese in place of mayonnaise, if preferred.

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