ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

How to Make Best Panini Grilled Sandwich Recipe for Little or Big Kids!

Updated on January 9, 2013

All kids love sandwiches but you can easily break away from the norm of bologna or grilled cheese or peanut butter and jelly and still keep your kids smiling.

I've learned that sandwich is a great way to introduce different greens and vegetables to your kid without getting the "what is that? I don't like that! answer. The secret is my Griddler Panini maker! Best $50 I ever spent.

You can forget the regular cheap white bread (it has basically no nutritional value anyway) and get thicker slices of any bread you like. And don't be shy trying new ones regularly. What I do is I just hook my panini maker before I start filling the sandwiches. I use light mayo or hummus to spread inside bread to start. Today there is many many delicious hummus spreads available, don't even ask your kid, just use it! next usually comes cheese, let it be big enough to be able to melt little outside of the sandwich to keep everything together.

Then lettuce. I like romaine but spinach or other greens will do fine. Some relish or spiced up sweet mustard to go with greens. (Don't use a lot and your kid will inhale it without a complain!) Next comes deli ham or turkey or chicken . Many times it is cheapest to get this from your actual deli ordered by the slice, slices are not so thick and well, you know it is fresh. Try raspberry ham, roasted turkey and so on... Look what is on sale!

Stack it up with banana peppers or other not so spicy condiments if your kid does not like spicy stuff. I found that jars of roasted bell peppers are a big favorite here. Go look around your grocery store, buy something new and try it. Chances are it will be a hit. Our newest "try" is cranberry mustard, it is wonderful, more like a jam than mustard without being too sweet.

I usually use a slice of turkey next if I started with ham, maybe more cheese... Oh and salad dressings make wonderful spreads in between. I now have roasted red pepper mix but catalina or ranch will work fine too. Maybe slice up a tomato and or cucumber or stack with pickles?

After slapping the bread together I get little bit of spreadable butter and use it outside of the bread on top and bottom before using the panini press. I can fit two sandwiches on my at once. Sandwiches are done in about 2 minutes unless you want them really hot and crispy. Press down few times and you are done!

To experiment you can do this with burger buns, french bread, stack inside cooked fish sticks, chicken strips or our favorite chicken or veal patties inside a sandwich Go crazy and think outside the box!

Will you try this at home?

See results

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • kirsib profile image
      Author

      kirsib 6 years ago

      yes it almost takes longer to take it out of the cabinet than to warm up a sandwich lol

    • ambassadornchains profile image

      ambassadornchains 6 years ago

      Really, only 5 minutes!? Maybe I could do that! Good idea! Thank you so much! This might end up on my Christmas wish list! =)

    • kirsib profile image
      Author

      kirsib 6 years ago

      yes I am totally addicted to my panini grill! bananas and raisins sound great, I made a sandwich yesterday with leftover cantaloupe...

    • Painted Seahorse profile image

      Brittany Rowland 6 years ago from Woodstock, GA

      This sounds delicious. My husband and I got a panini maker as a wedding gift and we love it. One of my favorite comfort foods to this day is a grilled ham and cheese sandwich and tomato soup. It's especially nice on cold winter days.

      I agree, the peanut butter and jelly sandwiches get old really fast! I try to dress them up by adding some honey, bananas, or raisins.

    • kirsib profile image
      Author

      kirsib 6 years ago

      The fun part is these take about 5 minutes to make at home and would be pretty ok lunches too.. Just make them day before and fridge it!

    • ambassadornchains profile image

      ambassadornchains 6 years ago

      This sounds AMAZING! I think I would like to have lunch at your house!! Lucky kids! =) I wish I could make something like this, but I usually barely have time to grab even a snack, maybe sometimes a sandwich with pepperoni if I have a little extra time, between university classes and working and church functions!! Someday...*sigh* =)

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)