I love grilled sandwiches. There's something so comforting about melted cheese, meat, and veggies wrapped in a crisp yet tender crusted bread. They are very easy to make, and the only limit on the kinds of sandwiches you can make is your imagination!
These sammies are called "paninis" in Italy and "croque-monsieur" in France. In Mexico they're called quesadillas. And when filled with these, they're the classic grilled cheese sandwich!
However you make them, and whatever you call them, enjoy these wonderful sandwiches.
- Grilled Meatloaf Sandwich
Ciabatta bread, also called 'slipper' bread because it looks like a slipper, is the base for this updated meatloaf sandwich.
- Brie Apple and Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
This incredible sandwich is easy to make and has the perfect combination of flavors.
- Chicken Panini Sandwich
Refrigerated pizza dough, havarti cheese, frozen spinach, and chicken make this delicious sandwich special.
- Flank Steak Sandwiches
This excellent sandwich combines a marinated, grilled, thinly sliced steak with grilled cheese bread!
- Blue Cheese Pear Sandwiches
Use your favorite cheese in this delicious and simple hot grilled sandwich.
- Grilled Creamy Roast Beef Sandwiches
These excellent and rich sandwiches were the result of a fortuitous mistake in the kitchen. We have these often at our house!
- Grilled Ham Gruyere Sandwich
Gruyere is a type of Swiss cheese; imported from France, it has a wonderful piquant flavor that pairs perfectly with salty and sweet ham.
- Italian Grilled Cheese
These sandwiches are dipped in an egg and milk mixture before grilling for super crunch and a beautiful crust.
- Grilled Cheese and Slaw Sandwiches
Melted rich cheese pairs with crunchy cole slaw in these easy and excellent sandwiches.
- Grilled Chicken Panini Sandwiches
This chicken panini recipe is a classic beloved by children and adults alike. This version uses rotisserie chicken, prepared pesto, cheese, and pre-cooked bacon.
- Cuban Sandwiches
Individual French or Italian rolls are used in this delicious pressed sandwich made with two kinds of meat and two kinds of cheese. This is a variation on the traditional Cuban sandwich; Fernando emailed me and said he "was introduced to the Cuban sandwich, in 1960 after Fidel took over, and it does not have turkey or provolone, it consists of French type bread, butter, mustard, Swiss cheese, pickles, honey cured sweet ham, and pork shoulder. A lot of Cubans came to Puerto Rico through Spain mainly because of the Spanish language. By the way, the cost was 0.35 cents." I love hearing from readers - I learn so much!
- Baked Grilled Cheese Pesto Sandwiches
These sandwiches are so easy! Just assemble them and bake. They turn out surprisingly brown and crisp.
- Monte Cristo Sandwiches
Traditionally, these sandwiches are fried in butter, but try them in a dual contact grill or panini maker. You can use any kinds of meat and cheese you'd like in this sandwich.
- My Favorite Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Easy, yes. Simple, yes. Delicious? Yes!!
- Grilled Ham and Onion Sandwiches
Red onions are wonderfully sweet even when they're not grilled. This sandwich is a classic.
- Grilled Salmon Sandwiches
A creamy sandwich filling made from canned salmon, apples, cheese, and mayo is fabulous grilled on whole wheat or cracked wheat bread.
- Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Sandwich
Sesame seeds, ginger root, and pineapple add wonderful interest and flavor to these super delicious sandwiches.
- Gourmet Grilled Cheese
Two kinds of cheese and Dijon mustard make this crisp and melting sandwich very delicious.
- Grilled Vegetable Panini
This recipe is a little more complicated to make; you can purchase grilled vegetables from the deli to use as the filling if you'd like.
- English Muffin Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
The little crevices inside an English muffin fill with melted cheese in this spectacular yet super easy sandwich.
- Waffle Wiches
Possibly the simplest sandwiches of all; kids love these crisp and melty sandwiches.
- Grilled Chicken and Apple Sandwiches
My personal favorite, and one of the best last minute suppers on earth.
- Grilled Tuna Melts
Tuna melts can be made as a closed sandwich too!
Make sure to try different breads in your sandwiches. Everything from cracked wheat bread, flavored corn or flour tortillas, croissants, pita bread, ciabatta, and other artisan breads, and even cracker bread and Boboli pizza crusts can be used to make imaginative sandwiches.
Slice meats and cheeses thinly so they heat through in the time the bread browns and crisps. If you are going to include vegetables in your sandwich, think about grilling or sauteeing them before adding them to the sandwich; that way they'll blend beautifully with the other ingredients. And remember, since these sandwiches are generally very simple, the quality of your ingredients must be top notch.
Sandwiches are found in just about every culture and cuisine.
- Cuban sandwiches are made with French or Cuban bread and several kinds of meat and cheese in one sandwich.
- Panini (which means 'sandwich' in Italian) are grilled, pressed sandwiches made with a special grill. These sandwiches are easy to eat because they are thin, but bursting with flavor.
- The Pan Bagnat is an open faced French sandwich that uses chewy focaccia.
- Philadelphia has cheese steaks, and New Orleans claims Muffulettas and Po'Boys.
- And of course, the American Grilled Cheese sandwich is a classic. That sandwich can be updated with a spoonful or two of pesto or chutney spread on the bread before assembling the sandwich.