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Paninis at Home

You can make a gooey and delicious bistro-style grilled panini at home without an expensive panini maker.

Have you ever wanted to make homemade paninis like the ones you see in magazines or the ones you've sampled at a great little bistro? There is no need to buy an expensive panini machine if you have an inexpensive grill pan and a brick. Yes, I said a brick!

Like most people, I love paninis. But who wants to spend money on a machine that most of us have no room for in our kitchens? Not me. So I found an easy way to make them that works great and costs me less than $20.00.

I picked up an inexpensive cast-iron grill pan at a large department store. (The type I bought has thick lines in the pan, which gives you nice grill marks on the sandwich.) I then realized I needed a weight to press the sandwich as it cooks. I found a brick in my garage, washed it and wrapped it in heavy-duty aluminum foil.

It worked like a charm and now I have a grill pan that I can use for any type of indoor grilling and that doesn’t take up too much room in my kitchen.

Just take a look at how simple this was to do.

First wrap the brick in foil. (If you don't have one, you can easily buy one at any home improvement store.)

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It's best to get all your ingredients ready while the pan is heating up.

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Once my sandwich is ready, I spray the pan with cooking spray and butter the side of the bread that will go face down in the pan. Don’t butter the top of the sandwich or it will stick to the foil.

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Place the sandwich butter-side down on the hot grill pan and top with the brick. You can also give it a good press while it’s cooking.

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It takes only a few minutes to grill on one side before it’s ready to be flipped. At this point, remove the brick, butter the uncooked side of the bread and flip it. Top again with the brick and cook for a few more minutes.

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The end result is a perfect panini.

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Blogger Arlene Cummings of Cooking With Sugar shares a delicious recipe for a panini.

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