Ham Panini with a Punch

Sometimes the regular deli sandwich I throw together on my lunch break just doesn’t cut it. I want something with a little kick, and not just an ordinary mayo/meat combo sandwich. This is why I am so incredibly thankful that my roommate brought a panini maker to our apartment. It’s amazing what a little heat and cheese can do!

For starters, the ingredients I suggest you to use for your sandwich are …


  • Any wheat bread, but try and get something soft. If you’re really feeling frisky, grab a loaf of bread from your local bakery with some cheese on top.
  • Move Over Butter. This stuff is AMAZING. Super easy to spread and way less fat than real butter.
  • Kraft Mayo with Olive Oil. It’s easier to spread and has less fat. Tastes great too!
  • Any type of Honey Dijon Mustard.
  • Hormel Natural Choice No Preservatives lunch meat. I suggest Ham or Turkey, but really any kind is great.
  • Any kind of a spicy cheese. This time I bought some Caribbean Red Hot Jack Cheese from HyVee. It has a kick, but is so delicious!

**If you want you can add some lettuce to your panini after it has been cooked**

After making numerous Panini’s I think I have found the easiest way to make them without getting butter everywhere. What I do is butter one side of each slice of bread. Then, put the two buttered sides together so you can hold your bread to spread the mayonnaise and mustard without getting butter everywhere. After you have slathered the mayo and mustard on, take the pieces apart, and put one of the buttered sides onto the panini press. Next, add your meat and cheese slices. Last, place the other piece of bread (butter side on the outside) on your sandwich, and wait about 5 minutes until the panini is a golden brown, and the cheese is melted.

Warning: You may want a glass of cold milk at hand.



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