Spicy Italian Panini

Ever since I made the Spicy Italian Crescent Ring, I’ve been dreaming of making a Spicy Italian Panini. Seeing as August is National Panini Month, I figured now was the time to do it!

Spicy Italian Panini! The perfect easy weeknight dinner recipe for busy back to school nights!

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With school season back in full swing, easy dinner options are a must in our house. These panini’s are such an easy weeknight dinner, and they’re completely customizable too. While my husband and I prefer the spicy meats and pepper rings in our sandwich, our kids love a simple ham and cheese panini.

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I’m just happy with the fact that it’s an easy dinner and that my kids are getting some nutritious cheese in the process!

Spicy Italian Panini! The perfect easy weeknight dinner recipe for busy back to school nights!

Want to know a secret?

I don’t even own a panini press! You don’t have to own a specialized small appliance to make this tasty hot pressed sandwich. I used my indoor grill (similar to a George Foreman grill) to heat up this sandwich, but even two heavy pans would work.

All you have to do is heat up a pan (a grill pan would leave those beautiful grill marks, but it’s not necessary), place your filled sandwich on the pan and then place another heavy skillet on top. If it’s not heavy enough to give it a good squish just place something heavy (like a wrapped brick) into the top pan to weigh it down.

Spicy Italian Panini! The perfect easy weeknight dinner recipe for busy back to school nights!

The end result is a deliciously toasted sandwich filled with warm meats and gooey cheese.

It’s enough to make a grown man weak in the knees.

Trust me, my husband was wobbly after consuming this bad boy.

Spicy Italian Panini! The perfect easy weeknight dinner recipe for busy back to school nights!

This sandwich is full of flavor and spice, and I think you’re going to flip for it!

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Serves 4

Spicy Italian Panini

This Spicy Italian Panini recipe is full of spicy meats and cheese in a warm and crusty pressed sandwich.

10 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

15 minTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp dried or fresh basil
  • 1/4 lb. deli sliced ham
  • 1/4 lb. deli sliced spicy salami
  • 1/4 lb. deli sliced spicy capicollo
  • 8 (1oz) slices of provolone cheese
  • 1/2 cup jarred, spicy sliced pepper rings, drained
  • 1 (10oz) jar roasted red bell pepper strips, drained and patted dry with paper towels
  • 4 large ciabatta sandwich rolls, split

Instructions

  1. Combine the first three ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together. Spread the mayo mixture on the insides of each roll.
  2. On the bottom of each roll top with a slice of cheese, followed by a layer of roasted red bell pepper strips, a layer of ham, salami, capicollo, pepper rings, and top it with another slice of provolone cheese. Place the top on the roll on top and use a hot panini press or indoor grill to press the sandwich together for about 1 to 2 minutes. Enjoy warm.
Recipe Type: Dinner

Notes

If using a pan to make the panini: Heat the pan to medium heat and place the sandwich in the pan. Use another heavy pan and place it carefully on top of the sandwich to press it down. After 1 minute flip the sandwich over and press it down again with the heavy pan. Cook for just one more minute and then serve.

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Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes with a bit of life sprinkled in. Mom to 4 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
27 Responses
  1. Chris
    I don't feel that a mayo based spread should be added to this panini. You might want a balsamic glaze or simply an olive oil, vinegar and oregano drizzle.
  2. This sandwich looks really, really good. I am going to make it with turkey ham, turkey salami and smoked turkey because I don't eat pork and add onion as I think it would add an extra kick.
  3. Jenn
    Made these tonight and my whole family gave rave reviews...even my 2 year old daughter. Perfect combo of flavors and texture. Added a tablespoon of Olive Garden Italian dressing to the mayo mix just to make the mayo a little saucier. Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe!

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of four; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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