The panini press is a remarkable kitchen tool. Those glorious grill marks, the melty-ness of cheese, the perfectly toasty toastedness of toast. Yes, the appliance provides an instant upgrade to pretty much anything pressed between two slices of bread.
The only thing wrong with the panini press is, perhaps, its misleading name. One might think it's a one-hit wonder, reserved solely for sandwiches. It is not. The little countertop grill can prepare fare more extensive than a hoagie. In fact, sandwich-less breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert can all be reinvented on the press. Are your wheels turning? Find some ideas below:
Make an omelette.
Yep! This is possible. Break an egg into a cup, whisk and mix with your favorite omellete accessories. Watch a great tutorial from the ever-acclaimed Alton Brown here.
Grill up some chicken breast.
Foreman Grill Recipes
Seriously, the panini press makes life simple. Get this effortless recipe from Foreman Grill Recipes.
Concoct some creative quesadillas.
This gorgeous thing is a Turkey Quesadilla (get the recipe), but the sky's the limit when you've got a tortilla and a panini press (ahem, Peanut Butter Banana Quesadillas).
Make grilled vegetables in a flash.
Sitting Down For Dinner
The panini press is the perfect griller for your veggies. You can wrap them in Prosciutto, need be. Get the Prosciutto-wrapped asparagus recipe from Sitting Down For Dinner here.
Indulge in some hot apple turnovers
And, if you're more of the takeout type, know that the panini press can totally upgrade your leftovers.
Enjoy last night's pizza all over again
There's an ongoing debate over the best method for reheating leftover pizza. Pressing it panini-style might just be your new preferred method. Place a slice in the sandwich press and fold it so the cheese is sandwiched between the crust, and not exposed to the appliance. Press for a minute or so, and you've got a revived piece that may taste better than it did last night.