Love the grill but too tired or lazy to bust it out just for yourself? If you’re feeding just one or two, the panini press is an amazing substitute for a full-on grill. I’m a huge fan of it and here’s some of the things I’ve done lately that I want to share with you! It makes me giddy just thinking about all the possibilities… I don’t know how I ever lived without it before.
Make an omelette
I’m always looking for lazy ways to make eggs, one of my favorite foods. For this you simply put spinach, tomatoes, mushrooms, or whatever else you like in your omelet onto the press and then pour the egg mixture over it. Then gently cover with the lid and let the magic happen!
Cook some bacon
If I know I’m going to be making grilled bread or eggs, chances are I’ll throw on a few pieces of bacon first because who doesn’t like bacon? And also that way I can use the drippings to flavor my eggs or whatever it is I’m grilling next.
Crisp up some hash browns
I used to be terrible at making hash browns… until I discovered this method. Simply grate and soak the potatoes in water, then dry them thoroughly with paper towels. Place them onto the press and lower and the starches will make them stick together in crispy golden perfection.
Re-incarnate a panini pizza pie
Got leftover pizza? This has got to be hands down the quickest and easiest way to re-incarnate yesterday’s slices. Simply fold them in half and pop them into your press and in a few moments they’ll be all toasty and warm for your consumption.
Grill up some chicken breast
I like to make chicken sandwiches for a quick meal and throwing a breast or two on the press for a few minutes does the trick. Add some avocado for a chicken-cado sammich!
Make shrimp on the barbie panini press
Hide the press behind some curtains and nobody will suspect you used a panini press to make that fabulous shrimp. Heads-up, this also works with scallops if you love them like I do.
Concoct some creative quesadillas
Makes some of the crispiest quesadillas around. Fill with your favorite toppings, add some cheese and guacamole and you’ve got a fiesta in your kitchen.
Make grilled vegetables
If you’re just one or two people you might not want to turn on an entire oven to make a meal. It’s so much simpler just to make smaller portions when you ‘grill’ on the press. And pretty much anything you could put on the grill, is suitable for the panini press. Eggplant, peppers, squash, pineapple, onion, tomatoes and just some of my summer favorites!
Grill some peaches
Peaches and (ice) cream, anyone? You know the drill. Cut them into wedges or rounds, and pop them into the panini press. Cover and peek in occasionally for those telltale grill marks.
Make some hot apple turnovers
Great for crisping up that crust – on virtually anything, not just apple turnovers.