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Ultimate Panini

The aroma of onions cooking at country fairs and street vendor carts makes me crave caramelized onions. I wanted to pair them with something special, and this sandwich is just that. —Charlene Brogan, Falmouth, Maine
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Cook: 5 min./batch
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 2 large onions, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 slices provolone cheese
  • 1/2 pound thinly sliced deli ham
  • 1 large tomato, sliced
  • 8 garlic-flavored sandwich pickle slices
  • 8 slices Italian bread (1/2 inch thick)
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened


  • In a large skillet, saute onions in oil until softened. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, stirring occasionally, for 30 minutes or until deep golden brown.
  • Layer the cheese, ham, tomato, pickles and caramelized onions on four bread slices; top with remaining bread. Spread outsides of sandwiches with butter.
  • Cook on a panini maker or indoor grill for 3-4 minutes or until bread is browned and cheese is melted.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 405 calories, 22g fat (8g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 1188mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (7g sugars, 3g fiber), 20g protein.

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  • kira05
    Jun 30, 2012

    This was fantansic. We live in Costa Rica so ingredients are hard to find at times. My husband loved these, will definitly make these again. Gracias!

  • tootlissie
    Mar 13, 2012

    I made these for 12 people. They raved about them. So delicious & a favorite!!!

  • alishahid
    Jan 26, 2012

    Very nice recipe

  • joanna50
    Aug 2, 2011

    I am ready to try this one looks really good

  • Dawnielleleland
    Feb 10, 2011

    The taste was fabulous! Loved it. It's a little messy to make, buy my philosophy is the messier the better!

  • tompat90
    Jan 29, 2011

    Awesome!!! Used LaBrea Bread from Harris Teeter. My husband loved it and he does most of the cooking! Will defintely make again.