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Ham and Cheese Pannini

by Laura

Why have a grilled ham and cheese sandwich when you can have a ham and cheese pannini? A pannini is like a whole other level of grilled cheese!

Most importantly, be sure to pick a good bread to use as a base. I like to use the French bread from Sam’s Club or a loaf of Italian bread from Walmart. Then, I cut the loaf into 4 chunks and then slice each of those chunks in half, lengthwise.

Also, each side of the sandwich gets a slice of cheese. This way the meat is incased in cheese and bread. For the cheese, you can use Swiss or munster. Both taste awesome with ham.

Additionally, there is a special sauce used in side the sandwich. It really isn’t too crazy. It’s just mayonnaise and honey mustard mixed together. The results, it’s just another thing that rasies this sandwich from a regualr grilled ham and cheese sandwich.

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Ham and Cheese Pannini

  • Author: Laura


  • 1/8 cup honey Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 cup mayo
  • 8 slices of rustic white bread or loaf of bread cut in half lengthwise and cut into 4 sections
  • 8 slices Swiss cheese or munster cheese
  • 1/2 lb deli ham (I like Black Forest)
  • olive oil for grilling


  1. Preheat pannini grill.
  2. In a bowl, mix mayo and mustard together.
  3. Spread 1 1/2 teaspoons mustard mixture on one side of a slice of bread. Top 4 of the pieces of bread, mustard side up with a slice of cheese, ham, and another slice of cheese. Top each sandwich with a second slice of bread, mustard side down on top of cheese to form a sandwich.
  4. Brush top and bottom of each sandwich with olive oil. Place in a panini grill and press until bread is crisp and brown, and cheese has melted slightly, 9 to 10 minutes. Makes 4 sandwiches.
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This recipe is adapted from Grandmother’s Kitchen.

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