Cheddar & Havarti Panini


The only thing that makes these panini and not grilled cheese sandwiches is the panini press – something you don’t actually need to make panini. If you don’t have one, just put another skillet on top of your sandwich as it cooks – the idea is to just squish it, flattening and compacting it slightly – and for that you could really use anything that works. (Have you tried chocolate panini yet?)

The rosemary-sea salt bread from Bliss (that makes me want to add rosemary and a sprinkle of crunchy salt to my next batch of no-knead bread) made some mighty fine panini, but I was still too lazy to come up with anything more stimulating than just cheese. I had some apple chutney in the freezer that would have been fine spread inside, but it was frozen, and I was impatient. I did manage to squish a clove of garlic into a tiny ramekin of olive oil, and let it sit for a bit before brushing on the outside of the bread – this is something I’ve started to do on regular grilled cheese sandwiches as well. I do adore butter, but that’s part of the problem.

The heel of the loaf got torn into bits and dunked in the last of the oily puddle-yum.

I was convinced that upon my return I’d subsist for at least a few days on leafy green things, lentils and vegetarian soups, but my gut has a different agenda, and is accustomed now to all that good eatin’.

I picked up a new accessory at the ferry terminal – think it suits me?

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17 comments on “Cheddar & Havarti Panini

  1. Cheryl
    May 4, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    I can’t stop giggling… I need a copy of that photo – blown up large and in my office.

  2. Christie @ Fig & Cherry
    May 5, 2009 at 4:19 am

    That melting cheese looks Sooooo good! Absolutely adore the overweight tag… I can’t believe I didn’t think of that! 😛

  3. Manon from Ontario
    May 5, 2009 at 5:04 am

    Oh Julie, my oh my, yesterday I tried on my spring clothes, and swimsuit…can I have your tag please!

    I’m following my eating plan and started my walks, I will get healthier, and that’s that!

    Give yourself a break, you were on holidays.

    Have a great day 🙂


  4. Barb
    May 5, 2009 at 5:46 am

    Love the tag. Sounds like it has many our names written all over it! And yes,you were on a one week holiday. Give yourself a chance to get back into your rut (I mean routine) and you will level out again. I think.

  5. Melissa@ For the Love of Health
    May 5, 2009 at 8:34 am

    I love cheese and that melted cheese panini looks divine!It always helps to have amazing bread like the Bliss bread you used!


  6. sue.d
    May 5, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Now, that panini with the rosemary and salt – if there is a heaven it will have lots and lots of melted cheese.

  7. Sarah
    May 5, 2009 at 11:31 am

    That looks delicious. Melted cheese is the BEST…:-)
    Thanks for sharing.

  8. Aimee
    May 5, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Bread and cheese: I could exist on it forever.Then, of course, I would need one of those tags.
    Too funny!

  9. Erica B.
    May 5, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    It just started raining. I think paninis and some soup is perfect for dinner tonight. Thanks Julie 🙂

  10. Theresa
    May 5, 2009 at 2:29 pm

    Love the bag tag. Sadly, I could use one of those too….

  11. robin
    May 5, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    oh man… that looks like heaven. i wish it were in my mouth.

  12. Jen C
    May 5, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Panini’s look AMAZING! Bread looks amazing! Havarti is one of my fave cheeses but the possibilities are endless!!!

  13. piccola
    May 5, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    Next time you make panini or grilled cheese, try putting grated parmesan on the outside (it sticks to the butter/oil). It turns into a crispy cheese crust…

  14. Erin M.
    May 5, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    mmmmmmmmm…..and hilarious tag! I need one too :(.
    Pierre is a loser…enough said 🙂

  15. JulieVR
    May 5, 2009 at 5:11 pm

    Piccola – totally! I sometimes mix Parmesan with softened butter and spread it on the outside. I was too lazy to do it this time but kind of regretted not making uber 3-cheese panini…

  16. Jamie
    May 7, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    LOL! I love the tag! I think we all need one! Love that sandwich, too.

  17. Randy module
    November 12, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    Try the reverse engineered forward made fontina havarti with cheese on the outside and meat on the inside

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