Ultimate Panini Recipe
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Ultimate Panini Recipe

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“The aroma of onions cooking at country fairs and street vendor carts makes me crave caramelized onions. I wanted to pair them with something special, and this sandwich is just that.”—Charlene Brogan Falmouth, Maine
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Cook: 5 min./batch
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Cook: 5 min./batch
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced deli ham
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • 8 garlic-flavored sandwich pickle slices
  • 8 slices Italian bread (1/2 inch thick)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 405 calories, 22g fat (8g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 1188mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 20g protein


  1. In a large skillet, saute onions in oil until softened. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes or until deep golden brown.
  2. Layer the cheese, ham, tomato, pickles and caramelized onions on four bread slices; top with remaining bread. Spread outsides of sandwiches with butter.
  3. Cook on a panini maker or indoor grill for 3-4 minutes or until bread is browned and cheese is melted. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Ultimate Panini in Taste of Home February/March 2011, p39

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Reviewed Jun. 30, 2012

"This was fantansic. We live in Costa Rica so ingredients are hard to find at times. My husband loved these, will definitly make these again. Gracias!"

Reviewed Mar. 13, 2012

"I made these for 12 people. They raved about them. So delicious & a favorite!!!"

Reviewed Jan. 26, 2012

"Very nice recipe"

Reviewed Aug. 2, 2011

"I am ready to try this one looks really good"

Reviewed Feb. 10, 2011

"The taste was fabulous! Loved it. It's a little messy to make, buy my philosophy is the messier the better!"

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