Recently, I tried the turkey panini at a local coffeehouse chain. Loved it and wanted to try to recreate it at home. With some trial and error, I created my Turkey Panini Rustico. This delicious panini can easily be made in a skillet or in a panini maker. The best part – you probably have most, if not all, these ingredients on hand! Feel free to customize the toppings – I am not a big spinach-on-sandwiches fan, so I left mine off. But, pile it in on yours if you like! Don’t like onions or tomatoes? Leave them off! This quick and delicious panini will definitely become a family favorite!
Turkey Panini Rustico
1 medium onion, sliced and broken into rings
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon garlic salt
5 teaspoons butter substitute, divided
4 sandwich thins
4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
1/2 pound deli turkey
4 slices light Swiss cheese
Tomato slices and/or Spinach leaves, optional
In small, non-stick skillet over medium-low heat, melt 1 teaspoon butter. Add onions and saute until tender. Sprinkle brown sugar and garlic salt on onions, stir to coat and then remove from heat and set aside.
If using a panini maker: follow manufacturer directions to preheat the maker. Spread 1/2 teaspoon of butter on outside of each sandwich thin. Place butter side down on panini maker, then spread 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard on top. Layer 4 ounces turkey, 1 slice cheese, 1/4 of onion mixture, and tomatoes and spinach (if using.) Top with remaining sandwich thin, butter side up. Cook panini as directed.
If using a skillet: place sandwich thin butter side down in a medium skillet over medium-low heat. Top with 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard. Layer 2 ounces turkey, 1 slice cheese, 1/4 of onion mixture, and tomatoes and spinach (if using.) Top with remaining sandwich thin, butter side up. Cook for 4-5 minutes, occasionally pressing down on sandwich with spatula. Flip carefully and continue cooking on second side for an additional 4-5 minutes, again pressing down on sandwich with spatula occasionally.
281 Calories | 9.7 Fat | 30.6 Carbs | 3.5 Sat Fat
24.5 Protein | 5.2 Sugar | 819.4 Sodium | 6.4 Fiber
Please note: The nutritional calculations are included as a reference only. Please recalculate your own values based on the ingredients you use and/or the amount you eat.