A pressed panini is a delicious alternative to basic grilled cheese. We love adding pickled eggplant, sweet peppers, smoked salmon or broccoli rabe between hearty ciabatta bread and pressing it to melted perfection. One of our favorite recipes stacks roast beef, sautéed broccoli rabe, provolone cheese and spicy Peppadew peppers into a soft hoagie before it hits the grill. It’s is a great way to use up leftover beef tenderloin, or to upgrade deli roast beef. If you’re craving something sweet, try a dessert panini from Maine-based chef Rob Evans, made with thick slices of brioche, homemade strawberry jam and creamy mascarpone cheese. Check out Food & Wine’s guide to panini for more sweet and savory recipes.

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Andrew Rea of Binging with Babish takes inspiration from movies and television to create delicious dishes in his kitchen. This Hors d’Oeuvres sandwich comes from the classic film Back to School. Rea says, “Rodney Dangerfield built a career on his disregard for social convention, and his relationship with hors d’œuvres in Back to School is a shining example. Wasting no time with fussy finger foods, he quickly hollows out a loaf of bread, stuffs it with the dainty snacks and slices it in half proudly. Sometimes you throw convention out the window and mash everything together, you end up with something great (Thanksgiving leftovers, sushi burrito)—and this sandwich is no exception.” Reprinted from Eat What You Watch: A Cookbook For Movie Loversby Andrew Rea. Copyright © 2017 by W&P Design. Published by Dovetail ( Slideshow: More Sandwich Recipes
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