Italian Panini

The NFL conference championship games are today...Four teams playing their guts out for a trip to the Super Bowl! Any predictions?? As much as I'd like to see Peyton win the big game and then call it a career, Brady and the Pats are just stacked. It should be a good game...I think Arizona was a sleeper team and will give the Panthers a run for their money. But, Cam Newton and the Panthers are on fire and are fun to watch! Unfortunately, we won't get to see this game as it will start at 12:40 Monday morning here. So highlights in the am it is...

These panini (plural--one sandwich is a panino!) are great game day sandwiches. Pile them high with whatever deli meat you like, as it's totally adaptable. Each bite has a different flavor...The spicy peppers, the roasted peppers, gooey cheese, galicky herby mayo...They are fun and delicious!

You don't need a panini press to make these. Honestly, I just pop them in the hot oven until the cheese melts, then I smoosh them down with my hand. Nothing fancy here, guys! It also helps if your deli meat is at room temperature so you don't get cold spots with warm cheese. Unless, that floats your boat...

May the best two teams win (hopefully without controversy!!). Next stop Santa Clara, CA for the Super Bowl 50!

Italian Panini

6 Panini


  • 1/2 cup (60 mL) mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 pound (226 g) deli ham, sliced
  • 1/2 pound (226 g) spicy salami, sliced
  • 12 slices provolone cheese (asiago or mozzarella can be used as well)
  • jarred, spicy sliced pepper rings (banana peppers or pepperocini)
  • jarred roasted red bell pepper strips, drained and patted dry
  • 6 panini rolls/ciabatta rolls, split


*If your rolls need to be baked first, like mine, go ahead and do that according to package directions.

In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, garlic powder, basil, and oregano. Spread the mixture over the tops and bottoms of each roll.

On the bottom of each roll, lay a slice of cheese, followed by some roasted bell peppers, ham, salami, pepper rings; top with a another slice of cheese and the top of the roll. Use a hot panini press, indoor grill, a skillet with a weight on top of the sandwich (flip the sandwich if using this method), or pop them in the oven, until the cheese melts. Serve warm.

Slightly adapted from

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