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How to Make Grilled Sandwiches without a Panini Press

You don't need special equipment to make tasty grilled sandwiches at home; use the tools you already have, and save your money for the ingredients.


  • Step 1: Butter the bread Lightly butter or brush with olive oil one side each of two pieces of bread.
  • TIP: Sturdy, evenly sliced bread works best. Rounded, crusty bread such as baguette is more difficult to press.
  • Step 2: Heat the pan Preheat the larger frying pan on medium heat.
  • TIP: A griddle pan works best and will give you a pleasingly striped sandwich.
  • Step 3: Add the bread Place each piece of bread in the pan, butter side down.
  • Step 4: Add the fillings Stack your fillings on one piece. Roasted vegetables, sliced meats, and cheese are all tasty choices. Put the cheese on last.
  • Step 5: Top it off Put the other piece of bread on top of the fillings, butter or oil side up.
  • Step 6: Press Press down on the sandwich with the second pan, and keep pressing as the sandwich cooks.
  • TIP: Place a foil-wrapped brick on your sandwich as it cooks to get the panini-press effect.
  • Step 7: Flip Peek at the underside of the sandwich. When it's nicely browned, carefully flip it over. Compress it again and cook it until it's golden on both sides, and the cheese has melted.
  • FACT: The first Westerner to see the Hawaiian Islands called them the Sandwich Islands, after the British Earl of Sandwich. The name lasted until 1819.

You Will Need

  • Butter or olive oil
  • Thick-sliced
  • hearty bread
  • Two frying pans
  • one smaller than the other
  • Sandwich fillings
  • A griddle pan (optional)
  • A brick wrapped in foil (optional)

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