Jun 25, 2008

Recipe - Panini Sandwiches


Panini is one of my husbands favorite sandwiches. Whenever we go out to eat, this is something he orders with soup or salad in the side. These sandwiches taste great with sour dough bread and hot soup in the side in winter and with a salad on the side in summer.

I bought the panini sandwich maker couple of years ago and ever since, he enjoys the home made sandwiches more. I use the sandwich maker for paneer tikka and different variates. My kids have started enjoying Panini too. Making panini for dinner saves my time on a busy day, having pesto sauce ready in the fridge, saute vegetable and just press them in the sandwich maker, the dinner is READY! You can make panini on the regular tawa too, you will have to flip the sandwich and toast the bread on the second side.


  • Sour dough bread - 8 slices
  • Salt - 3/4 teaspoon
  • Black pepper - 1/4 teaspoon
  • Butter - 1 teaspoon
  • Parmesan Cheese - 1 cup
  • Pesto sauce - 4 teaspoons
  • Zucchini - 1 cup
  • Carrots - 1 cup
  • Broccoli - 10 florets
  • Bell pepper - 1/2 cup
Any vegetable of your choice...


Preheat butter in a skillet/wok, add chopped vegetables. Stir fry the vegetable well, add salt and black pepper. Sautee till the vegetable are cooked well. For flavor, I sometimes add 1/2 teaspoon of oregano (optional).

Apply pesto sauce on one side of a bread slice, place the other side on the grill facing the pesto sauce up. Add the sauted vegetables on top of the pesto sauce, add parmesan cheese. Place the second bread slice on the top and press/close the sandwich maker.

In 2 minutes the sandwich will be ready to serve with melted cheese over the veggies. Serve hot with salad or hot soup in the side!

Preparation time: 15 - 20 minutes
Servings: 4

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