Pastrami Swiss Panini
Panini (small bread in Italian) is one of my favorite versions of sandwiches. Everything is better when toasted.
Paninis arose in the US around the 1950s, (although they’ve been around as early as during the 16th-century in Italian cookbooks). The sandwiches became trendy in Milanese bars in the 1970s and 1980s which quickly spread to hip U.S. restaurants in New York, whose popularity then spread to other U.S. cities, each with their own distinctive variations (Dining Chicago).
PS. My brother and I had a spirited debate on what more important to have for a decent sandwich – I would have mediocre fillings as long as the bread was good (ie rustic, toasted/grilled), while my brother would forgo fancy bread (ie he was ok with regular plain old white untoasted bread slices) in favor of better cheese. Let us know your vote!
Pastrami Swiss Panini
4 slices wheat bread
4-6 slices swiss cheese
3/4 lb pastrami
extra virgin olive oil
Heat up the panini press while prepping your sandwich.
To assemble the sandwich, drizzle olive oil on the bottom side of one bread slice. Layer the pastrami, cilantro, and red cabbage. Top with swiss cheese and the other bread slice, then drizzle the top with olive oil. Place the sandwich on the press. Remove the panini once the cheese has melted, it is heated through middle, and the bread is toasted to a golden brown.
sandwiches are about the filling for me–i can tolerate white bread if the innards are good enough! sorry to side against you. 😉
This makes me want to get out my panini maker! Sounds delicious!
Wow these look incredibly delicious!
as an avid sandwich enthusiast, I thoroughly approve of this sandwich. The cabbage would add an interesting crunch and balance to the already salty and brined meat. Bravo!
Bread is the introduction to an excellent sandwich and like they say, first impressions are everything.
This looks so good! I love swiss and pastrami. Those colorful greens look beautiful on there too!
This looks delicious! We have a panini press at home and I swear that thing gets the most use out of any of our appliances. I can't decide if bread or cheese is more important!!! If it's a plain untoasted sandwich, I would say the bread. But for a panini, any bread turns into magic when toasted so in that case, give me the fancy cheese!
Ah, one strike against me 😉
I once told my husband a panini maker was unecessary but I tale that back now haha
Aha, I'm going to count your comment as a vote for me haha. But thank you for such a thoughtful comment on the flavor combination
This is a colorful sandwich indeed – the cilantro brings a nice zing!
I once told my husband a panini maker was unnecessary but he clearly won out. Haha your thoughts are absolutely right – and I think your vote coincides with mine haha 😉 My brother is ok with plain untoasted bread (crazy!)