Recipe: Ham and Cheese Breakfast Panini

Last year I got a Panini maker… probably one of the best small kitchen appliances I’ve gotten in recent memory. I love paninis … all kinds… so it was a given that I would start making Breakfast Paninis.

A while back I attempted making one using regular sandwich bread… well ixnay on that… at least using the Panini maker… those you definitely have to grill on a grill pan and flip … otherwise the thickness is like a postage stamp.

Our local supermarket makes these sandwich rolls that are similar to the sturdy Kaiser rolls… yet they are softer in texture. We like them for sandwiches and burgers… and I thought.. now that would hold up in the panini maker.. and they did… perfectly.

So the first Breakfast Panini was a egg, smoked deli ham and cheese Panini…. very easy to make…


I made this in my Panini maker… if you don’t have a Panini maker.. you can get a flat kitchen gadget… I saw one recently made of cast iron... that you place on top of the sandwich while grilling. They really aren’t that cheap and almost the cost of a Panini maker anyway… another downside is that you won’t get the grill marks on the sandwich…. the only plus side I see with these gadgets is that they are easier to clean…

You can also simply grill the sandwich, carefully flipping it over to cook on both sides… similar to making grilled geese.

I used thin sliced deli smoked ham… you can use Canadian bacon or other meats as well.

Any variety sliced cheese that you prefer will be fine… they make sliced cheddar, Monterey Jack, American.. etc.

I made a simple 2 egg omelet… in a medium sized non-stick skillet… allowing the egg to cook completely by leaving it alone over medium heat… then when the top was set… I flipped it in half .. then in half again… the resulting quarter omelet was the perfect size for the roll.

This is a yummy breakfast.. perfect for on the go.

Recipe: Ham and Cheese Breakfast Panini

All you need:

2 eggs
Dash of milk
Butter flavored cooking oil spray
3 thin slices of deli smoked ham
2 slices cheese (any variety you like)
Margarine or butter
Sandwich roll

All you need to do:

Spray the Panini maker lightly with cooking oil spray and heat it.

Cut the roll in half and spread a thin layer of margarine or butter on each half.

Place a slice of cheese on each half.

Fold the ham slices in half and place on top of the cheese on the roll bottom. Set aside.

Spray a medium non-stick skillet with butter flavored cooking oil.

Heat the skillet over medium heat.

In a small bowl beat the eggs and dash of milk.

Pour the egg mixture into the skillet and allow the omelet to set.

When the top is set, flip the omelet in half and then in half again.

Place the omelet on the ham slices.

Place the top of the roll with the cheese slice on the omelet.

Grill in the Panini maker until Panini is golden with grill marks and the cheese has melted… about 2 minutes or less.

Serve hot.

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