10 Hot and Melty Panini to Upgrade Your Lunch Game

Chicken Panini with Spinach and Pesto © Con Poulos
By F&W Editors Posted September 02, 2015

Sandwiches might be everyone's favorite lunchtime standby, but cold ham and cheese, day after day, can get a little humdrum. Enter the panini press. Take your sandwiches to new melty, gooey heights with 10 of Food & Wine’s best panini recipes: 

Sandwiches might be everyone's favorite lunchtime standby, but cold ham and cheese, day after day, can get a little humdrum. Enter the panini press. Take your sandwiches to new melty, gooey heights with 10 of Food & Wine’s best panini recipes: 

1. Mortadella and Cheese Panini
These ultra-hearty sandwiches get a terrific zing from freshly grated white horseradish. 

2. Smoked Salmon Panini
Pair with a velvety asparagus soup for the lunch of a lifetime. 

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3. Philly Cheeseteak Panini
This recipe employs an ingenious way to transform packaged garlic bread: Scrape out the garlic butter inside each roll, then spread it all over the crust. Stuff with roast beef and cheese, then grill. 

4. Sweet Coppa and Pepper Panini
Pickled hot cherry peppers give this simple sandwich a ton of flavor.

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5. Mortadella & Robiola Panini with Homemade Mustard
This panini makes excellent use of leftover charcuterie, like the porky mortadella suggested here, but you can also use country ham or prosciutto.

6. Beef, Broccoli Rabe and Provolone Panini
This is a stellar combination of juicy roast beef with bitter broccoli rabe and melty provolone cheese.

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7. Chicken Panini with Spinach and Pesto
Chicken salad, meet crunchy pressed panino.

8. Gruyère Panini with Parsley-Cornichon Tapenade
The zingy tapenade livens up an otherwise simple grilled cheese sandwich and is also delicious on top of fish or potatoes.

9. Four Cheese Panini
This decadent grilled cheese features mozzarella, fontina, Gorgonzola and provolone cheeses.

10. Dessert Panini
Sweeten up your sandwich with sugar, cream cheese and bittersweet chocolate chips.

Related: More Hot, Gooey Melted Sandwiches 
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F&W’s Best Sandwich Recipes

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