Another simple thing for you to try! This is one of my favorite lunch recipes. I call it the Classic Panini, but the truth is it’s only classic in my eyes… and it’s not a panini. Based on the technical definition, at least. I guarantee you that this is the simplest panini recipe in existence, and it may be the only panini recipe that won’t result in a panini! If you liked my open-face breakfast toast or my five minute bruschetta, you’ll definitely want to give this recipe a try. No picture yet — sorry about that — I devoured the one I made this afternoon too quickly to document its existence!

Favorite “panini”

This is one of my favorite lunch recipes, a real ten-minute treat. You'll need any bread, cheddar cheese, deli turkey, bacon, and a few more ingredients.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy, lunch recipe, quick, sandwich, school lunch, ten minute recipe, workday lunch
Servings: 1


  • 1 tbsp butter or substitute any other fat or oil
  • 2 slices any bread or a hamburger roll
  • 1 slice deli turkey breast
  • 2 slice pre-sliced cheddar cheese or several slices off a block
  • 2 tsp mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp yellow mustard
  • 2 slices tomato very thinly sliced
  • 1 piece bacon baked or fried according to your taste


  • Mix the mayonnaise and mustard together in a small bowl. Spread the mixture on the inside of the two slices of bread. Then layer in one slice of cheddar cheese, followed by the turkey, the thin-sliced tomato, the bacon, and the final piece of cheese. Close the sandwich.
  • Heat the butter (or other oil) in a small pan on medium-high heat. When the butter is hot and almost browned, place the sandwich in the pan. Press down with a flat spatula and hold. After 1-2 minutes, flip the sandwich. Press it down again. After 1-2 more minutes, turn off the heat and remove the sandwich from the pan. It's ready to serve!


Pro tip: Put the bacon on to cook right away when you start this recipe. Then, by the time you’ve prepared everything else, it’ll be ready!

Oh, and add lettuce or arugula or something green if you so desire, of course.

Once you master this extremely simple recipe, you can create your own combinations and variations! Two more of my favorites include:

— Caprese sandwich: tomato, basil, fresh mozzarella, drizzle of balsamic vinegar and fried in olive oil
— Grilled cheese with onion jam: jammy, caramelized onions, sharp cheddar cheese, shredded mozzarella for stretch, fried in lots of butter

If you’re looking for a real panini recipe, try this one from allrecipes.

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