Ham & Cheese “Panini”

ham and cheese "panini"When I am too lazy to cook and my cupboards are bare, I make “paninis.” These aren’t the traditional paninis because I use pita bread. The pita bread holds all the good stuff inside and makes it easier to eat for the kids. Below are two that I do often, but you can add any combination of ingredients.

About a pound of ham and cheese will make about 6-8 paninis (depending on how cheesy you like them)

My Kids Like:
Sliced Black Forest Ham 1/4″ thick
Sliced Provolone
Sliced black olives
Roasted Red Peppers
Whole Wheat Pita
Olive Oil

I like:
Sliced Black Forest Ham 1/4″ thick
16oz of Gruyere
2 Granny Smith Apples, sliced thinly
Spicy mustard or fig jam (depending if you want something sweet or spicy)
Olive Oil

You can use a panini pan, but if you don’t have one I use two 12-inch skillets.

Slice pita in half. Layer inside the pita: cheese, clive of ham, toppings if you have any, and then cheese.
Brush both sides with olive oil.
Heat skillet to medium.
Place panini in pan for 2 minutes until lightly browned. Then place the bottom of the second skillet on top of it to flatten it for 10 seconds.
Flip heat other side for 2 minutes, and flatten for 10 seconds.

Repeat for the remaining “paninis.”
Serve with mixed greens.

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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine and Caribbean Travel & Life, Heather is chauffeur to 3 busy kids; the president of her Home and School Association; and VP of Marketing for TipsFromTown. And she's passionate about all 3!