Who doesn’t love a grilled sandwich? They are, for me, one of the best comfort foods around. They are quick to make and go well with soup or salad – or are quite tasty just by themselves. The Italian panini takes the grilled sandwich far beyond the American grilled cheese variety. I love them.
I don’t own a panini press, but I am still equipped with a ribbed cast iron griddle and bacon press that enables me to make any ‘ol panini any ‘ol time. If you own a panini press, I hope you use it often.
This particular panini recipe has many of my favorite ingredients – turkey, avocado, bacon (isn’t everything better with bacon), and provolone cheese – and it is smothered in a dynamic spicy chipotle mayo that takes all the ingredients to another level.
1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1 Tbsp. Sour Cream
1 chopped Chipotle Pepper in Adobe Sauce (remove the seeds for a milder flavor)
1 tsp. Lime Juice
Lime Zest from one lime
1 Tbsp. chopped fresh Cilantro
2 Tbsps. Butter, softened
4 slices of thick Wheat or Multigrain Bread
4 slices of Provolone Cheese
4 – 6 slices of Deli Turkey
4-5 slices of Bacon, cooked
1 ripe Avocado, peeled, pitted and sliced
Fry four to five slices of bacon in a cast iron skillet. Once cooked, remove and drain on a paper towel.
While your bacon is sizzlin’ add the mayo in a bowl.
Next add the sour cream…
and the chipotle pepper. Remove the seeds first if you can’t take the heat in the kitchen.
Next, add the lime zest and lime juice.
Finally, add the cilantro.
Combine all ingredients until a creamy colorful mayo appears.
Butter four slices of bread on one side.
Flip the bread over and smother the other side with that delicious chipotle mayo.
Cover the mayo side of the bread with a slice of provolone cheese.
On two slices of bread, add a couple of slices of the deli turkey.
Tear two slices of bacon in half and place them on top of the turkey.
Place the slice of bread with provolone on top. Place the sandwich on a hot grill.
Place a bacon press on top of the sandwich and grill for 2 to 3 minutes until the cheese melts.
Flip it over with a spatula and grill the other side for 2 to 3 minutes. Look at those gorgeous grill marks. A feast for the eyes.
Look at that panini oozing with cheesy goodness.
Remove the panini from the grill and pull it apart. Add the avocado slices and put the sandwich back together.
Slice and serve. Then make another one. By the way, this recipe comes to you “Husband Approved.” My hubby ate his sandwich and half of mine. Hard to keep them on the plate. Enjoy!