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Ultimate Panini

 Ultimate Panini
“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
4 ServingsPrep: 40 min. Cook: 5 min./batch

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  • 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.
  • Layer the cheese, ham, tomato, pickles and caramelized onions on four
  • bread slices; top with remaining bread. Spread outsides of
  • sandwiches with butter.
  • Cook on a panini maker or indoor grill for 3-4 minutes or until bread
  • is browned and cheese is melted. Yield: 4 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 panini equals 405 calories, 22 g fat (8 g saturated fat), 55 mg cholesterol, 1,188 mg sodium, 34 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 20 g protein.