This scrumptious Havarti, Turkey and Spinach Panini makes for an excellent restaurant-style sandwich without leaving your home!
I really love ordering grilled sandwiches at restaurants, but eating out these days is rare.
With 3 children under the age of 5, we only eat out when:
a. the kids and I meet Dan for lunch during the week,
b. Dan and I are feeling adventurous and want to eat out on the weekends as a family or
c. it’s date night.
As you may imagine, the first two options do not happen frequently and date night doesn’t happen as often as we’d like, thus, I sometimes try to make some of my favorite restaurant foods at home. That’s when I decided to create this Turkey, Havarti and Spinach Panini.
I originally wanted to name this sandwich a grilled cheese, but apparently the definition of grilled cheese is a sandwich made with sliced bread and a panini is a grilled sandwich made from bread that is not from sliced bread. I’m not sure these are the exact legal definitions of these sandwiches, but I’ll stick to them for now.
I actually made two paninis: one with deli ham (Dan’s favorite) and the other with deli turkey (my favorite). And then I made the grilled cheese and ham sandwich below made with whole wheat bread for the kids. In case you’re wondering I do not normally make 3 different items for a meal.
Dan and I enjoyed our paninis with a new creation of mine, asparagus topped with blue cheese and various seasonings. I didn’t expect the blue cheese to melt as much as it did but let me tell you, no matter how it looks, it was amazingly delicious!
Tip: I pushed down on top of the sandwiches while grilling to flatten the ciabatta bread a bit since it’s a fairly thick bread. I also covered the sandwiches with a stock pot lid while they were on the skillet to help speed up the cooking time.
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