Using a panini press is one of the fastest and easiest methods for creating the perfect grilled cheese sandwich. The heat is evenly distributed from both sides, the weight from the top of the grill presses the sandwich perfectly, and most importantly there's no flipping involved.
Some Things to Consider
- If your press has a temperature gauge, turn it to medium high so that you can get a nice "sear" on the crust.
- If you overload your sandwich with cheese, the weight from the lid will smash it out and the cheese will ooze out. This is fine but keep this fact in mind.
- Use a plastic spatula to remove the grilled cheese sandwich - most panini presses have a nonstick coating that will get messed up if metal scratches it.
- If your press has the ability to hinge open at a certain height - just make sure that both sides of the sandwich are touching the heated grates.
- 2 slices bread
- 2 slices/3 grams cheese
- 2 parts of salted butter (or 1 tbsp. of mayonnaise)
- Allow your panini press to heat up for about 7 minutes. In the meantime, assemble your sandwich. The most basic way consists of using two slices of cheese between two slices of buttered bread, but you can totally get creative here!
- Once the sandwich is made, gently place it in your panini maker and press the lid down - gently enough so that it doesn't completely smash your sandwich but also enough that both sides are touching the heated grates. Allow the sandwich to cook for a few minutes on each side until the cheese has melted and the bread has crisped up - about 5-7 minutes.
- Remove the sandwich from the maker and allow it to sit for a few minutes before serving so that the cheese can thicken up and won't ooze out when you cut it.