Picture an ordinary sandwich. For the sake of this example, let's say it's a classic ham and cheese. Now picture that same sandwich grilled. Which one do you prefer? For us, grilled sandwiches are the end-all, be-all of sandwiches. Whether you call your grilled sandwich a panino (panini is plural) or a toastie, they all offer the same amount of immense enjoyment. There's just something so special when you have a warm sandwich in your hands with golden, crunchy bread and melty cheese oozing out the edges.

If you're in need of ideas, we've got some amazing recipes that all put your grill, griddle or panini press to good use. And don't worry if you don't have a panini press -- feel free to use a flat griddle or a skillet. You might, however, need a heavy weight to press down your sandwich while it grills, so use another skillet with canned food for weights or a foil-covered brick.

What's your favorite grilled sandwich or panini recipe? Vote in the slideshow and let us know below.

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  • Caponata, Mozzarella And Basil Panini

    This sandwich is easy to put together when you use store-bought caponata, mozzarella and fresh basil leaves. You'll find caponata, an eggplant and tomato condiment, in your supermarket's Italian aisle. Prepare the sandwich easily in a panini press or use two skillets -- one to cook it in and one as a weight. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/caponata-mozzarella-and_n_1057250.html" target="_hplink">Caponata, Mozzarella and Basil Panini</a> recipe</strong>

  • Fig Relish And Ham Sandwiches

    A savory homemade fig relish is the key to this amazing sandwich, which features layers of thinly sliced prosciutto, cheese, fresh basil and arugula. Make extra fig jam for assembling more sandwiches or try it as a condiment for grilled meats. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/fig-relish-and-ham-sandwi_n_1061271.html" target="_hplink">Fig Relish and Ham Sandwiches</a> recipe</strong>

  • Triple-Decker Tomato And Avocado Panini With Mozzarella And Pesto

    These towering sandwiches are packed with Mediterranean flavor with a homemade basil pesto and layers of sliced avocado, tomato and buffalo mozzarella. If you're short on time, use store-bought pesto. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/triple-decker-tomato-and-_n_1057883.html" target="_hplink">Triple-Decker Tomato and Avocado Panini with Mozzarella and Pesto</a> recipe</strong>

  • Caramelized Onion, Chicken And Fontina Panini

    This recipe is great for using up leftover chicken, which gets layered with caramelized onions and melty fontina cheese to create this mouthwatering panini. A smear of Dijon mustard and some peppery arugula round out the flavors. Make some extra caramelized onions to use in other recipes. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/caramelized-onion-chicke_n_1057252.html" target="_hplink">Caramelized Onion, Chicken and Fontina Panini</a> recipe</strong>

  • Multigrain Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

    Look no further for the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich, because this recipe is the one to beat. This elite version features three cheeses (Manchego, Cheddar and Gouda) layered with roasted plum tomatoes on multigrain bread. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/multigrain-grilled-cheese_n_1058571.html" target="_hplink">Multigrain Grilled Cheese Sandwiches</a> recipe</strong>

  • Grilled Gruyere-and-Zucchini Sandwiches With Smoky Pesto

    Grilled zucchini, gruyere cheese and basil pesto make a terrific combo in these sandwiches. A touch of smoked paprika adds a nice smoky flavor to the homemade pesto (or use store-bought). Make the sandwiches on English muffins, which get exceptionally crispy when grilled. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-gruyre-and-zucch_n_1058447.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Gruyere-and-Zucchini Sandwiches with Smoky Pesto</a> recipe</strong>

  • Ham, Gruyere, Honey And Red Onion Panini

    The combination of pungent gruyere, savory ham and sweet honey make this panini very appealing. Sliced red onion and pickles add a sharp contrast and tang to balance out all the flavors. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/ham-gruyere-honey-and-_n_1057254.html" target="_hplink">Ham, Gruyere, Honey and Red Onion Panini</a> recipe</strong>

  • Minute Steak Sandwich With Fried Onions And Sweet Mustard

    This sandwich is a meat lover's dream. You'll want to use a thin steak, which cooks quickly in a skillet. Slice the meat and layer it with fried onions and tangy mustard on a baguette and grill until the bread is crisp. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/27/minute-steak-sandwich-wit_n_1383220.html" target="_hplink">Minute Steak Sandwich with Fried Onions and Sweet Mustard</a> recipe</strong>

  • Oregon Tuna Melts

    Take the average tuna melt up a couple of notches with this recipe. Instead of mayonnaise, the tuna salad mixture features sweet balsamic vinegar and olive oil. But the mayonnaise doesn't go away altogether -- it's spread on the rolls, which are layered with Swiss cheese and dill pickles, before grilling. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/oregon-tuna-melts_n_1058587.html" target="_hplink">Oregon Tuna Melts</a> recipe</strong>

  • Bistro Flank Steak Sandwich

    Bring a bit of the bistro into you home with this fulfilling sandwich. It's spread with roasted garlic (prepared on the grill), grilled bell peppers and of course thin slices of grilled flank steak. Assemble it on whole-wheat country bread with a bit of mayonnaise and lettuce. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/bistro-flank-steak-sandwi_n_1056426.html" target="_hplink">Bistro Flank Steak Sandwich</a> recipe</strong>

  • Roasted Vegetable, Tofu And Pesto Panini

    Roasted eggplant, zucchini and bell peppers form the vegetable trio in this vegetarian-friendly panini, which also includes tofu for a boost of protein. Spread the bread with store-bought pesto and top with the vegetables and with provolone cheese. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/roasted-vegetable-tofu-a_n_1057197.html" target="_hplink">Roasted Vegetable, Tofu and Pesto Panini</a> recipe</strong>

  • Braised Greens And Cannellini Bean Panini

    A cannellini bean spread made with onion, garlic and white wine is a great match for braised kale in this vegan panini. Feel free to vary the recipe with another leafy green, like spinach or collard greens. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/29/braised-greens--cannelli_n_1311444.html" target="_hplink">Braised Greens and Cannellini Bean Panini</a> recipe</strong>

  • Grilled Vegetable Sandwiches

    These vegetarian sandwiches are packed with flavor, all without the presence of meat. The baguette is spread with goat cheese and tapenade, then layered with grilled zucchini, roasted red peppers and sun-dried tomatoes. The recipe serves eight, so it's great for entertaining. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-vegetable-sandwic_n_1058476.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Vegetable Sandwiches</a> recipe</strong>

  • Fig And Goat Cheese Panini

    The combination of sweet fig preserves, tangy goat cheese and tart-sweet balsamic vinegar really sets this sandwich apart from others. Make it with multigrain bread or walnut bread for some extra texture. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/fig-and-goat-cheese-panin_n_1057253.html" target="_hplink">Fig and Goat Cheese Panini</a> recipe</strong>

  • Brie And Smoked Turkey Panini

    This panini features a classic pairing of sweet and savory flavors: brie, pear, mustard and turkey (you could also try it with ham). Make the sandwich on a baguette and grill lightly using a panini press or skillet until the cheese melts. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/brie-and-smoked-turkey-pa_n_1057251.html" target="_hplink">Brie and Smoked Turkey Panini</a> recipe</strong>

  • Grilled Ham And Cheese With Strawberry-Red-Wine Jam

    Strawberries and cheese? Yes it's a proven pairing. Savory ham and gruyere are the base for this grilled cheese, which is made on fluffy brioche bread. Mixing a few spoonfuls of red wine into the jam adds a unique flavor profile. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-ham-and-cheese-wi_n_1058449.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Ham and Cheese with Strawberry-Red-Wine Jam</a> recipe</strong>

  • Grilled Eggplant Panini

    Eggplant is a great vegetarian option for grilled sandwiches -- it has a meaty flavor and texture that even meat-eaters will have a hankering for. To make the sandwiches, you'll want to grill the eggplant (topped with cheese) and the bread separately, then assemble with red onion slices and jarred roasted red peppers. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-eggplant-panini_n_1049197.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Eggplant Panini</a> recipe</strong>

  • Pulled Barbecued Chicken Panini With Swiss And Red Onion

    Reinterpret your leftover chicken with this simple and satisfying panini. Shred any leftover chicken and toss with your favorite barbecue sauce. Layer the meat with Swiss cheese and red onion on sourdough bread and grill until the cheese is melted. <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/pulled-barbecued-chicken-_n_1061489.html" target="_hplink">Pulled Barbecued Chicken Panini with Swiss and Red Onion</a> recipe</strong>


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