Pizza Panini or Sandwich

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Recently, my family has acquired a Panini maker, which we use often and for numerous foods. We make tons of different Paninis, including grilled cheese and cheese, chicken, and pesto, and we’ve even cooked steak on it once. I am tempted to see if it would work with pancake batter…hm. But another thing I love to make in the Panini maker is a pizza Panini. A simple, easy and quick recipe that is so delicious.

You could also make this yummy sandwich on the stove top, like a grilled cheese, if you do not possess a Panini maker. Just set the temperature to about medium high and make sure the cheese melts before the bread is done (turn heat down if necessary). I have included a few options in the cooking instructions for cooking methods.

I’ve mentioned before that I prefer less sauce on my pizzas, and the same is true here. One tablespoon probably does not seem like very much, but even if you love sauce, I would not recommend exceeding one tablespoon because the bread could get soggy and for a sandwich, you really don’t need much. I even used a little less than a tablespoon and still got a very saucy flavor. It wasn’t bad, I just wouldn’t use more.

One last note: My Panini was not burned or over-done, I just used an end piece of bread and forgot to get a good photo of the other side (with the non-end piece) before I devoured the whole thing. But it should be browned and have cheese just about oozing out of the sides (even if you don’t use a lot).

Ingredients:

  • 2 pieces of you favorite GF bread (I use Udis)
  • 1 tbsp (approx) pizza sauce
  • Mozzarella cheese, sliced (based on personal preference)
  • 4-6 pepperonis (optional)
  • Any additional, optional, desired pizza toppings (precooked, mostly)
  • Olive oil

Instructions:

  • Cover each piece of bread with half the pizza sauce.
  • Arrange cheese so that it completely covers bread (but don’t go over the edge).
  • Arrange pepperonis evenly over cheese as well as any additional toppings (optional).
  • You have your sandwich, now lightly brush olive oil on one side and
    • put sandwich, oil side down, on a frying pan to cook like a grilled cheese (about medium-high heat).
    • cook sandwich in a Panini maker (this what I do).
    • cook in a grilled cheese maker.
  • Cook sandwich according to your preferred option.
  • Serve immediately for best results (cheese is still melty and stretches…yum!)

NOTE: This can also just be a pizza sandwich…you don’t have to cook it. Just heat your pepperonis/toppings up in the microwave (or not, depending) and dig in! So if you don’t feel like cooking or doing dishes, you can still enjoy this delicious meal!

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