Panini, which means “small breads” in Italian, are all kinds of hearty sandwiches cooked like the American favorite, a grilled cheese sandwich. So although they sound cosmopolitan, they are remarkably quick to make.
Grill marks from a ridged grill pan lend authenticity to this sandwich. Some people even use their grills to heat these sandwiches.
Like chicken better than beef? Thinly sliced cooked deli chicken changes the flavor without changing the appeal of this sandwich.