How To Make A Panini Sandwich Without a Panini Press


Don’t have a panini press?  All you need is a grill pan, a brick and some foil.  How to make a panini sandwich without a panini press.

This past Sunday I made one of those old-fashioned pot roast dinners. A nice big roast snuggled into a Dutch oven surrounded by lots of potatoes, carrots, onions and celery and slow cooked in the oven until tender.

When I was growing up, this was our every Sunday meal. My mom would pop this in the oven, we’d head off to church and return home to wonderful aromas filling the house.


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A few weeks ago, I won a bottle of Chipolte Raspberry Sauce from Dave  The Master over at Year on the Grill.  Thank you Dave!  This is the first time I’ve ever tried this sauce and it is delicious.  If you can find it at your local store, grab a bottle.  I noticed Costco offers a giant size  So with this sauce, here’s what I did with the leftover roast beef.


First of all, I don’t own a Panini press, but I do own a grill pan and a brick. HUH?

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I saw this on Rachael Ray one day. Take a brick and wrap it in heavy-duty foil and use it for the press. That darn Rachel.

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I used Panera Bread Whole Grain

  • Slice and caramelize some onion slices
  • Shred some left over roast beef
    Panera Whole Grain Bread
  • Sliced Provolone Cheese

Butter each slice of bread on one side only. On the non-buttered side of each slice, spread on a bit of the Raspberry Chipolte Sauce, about the amount you would use if you were spreading jelly or jam. Top with roast beef and onions. Top with the remaining slice of bread and place butter side down on a sizzling grill pan. Place the high-tech panini press on top of the sandwiches and sizzle until browned with nice grill marks, just a couple of minutes… Flip sandwiches over and repeat.

I love the flavor of this sauce and this panini was absolutely delicious!

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And look!  My homemade panini press stores much easier than the store-bought version.  :-)  If your kitchen is anything like mine, stuffed to the gill with gadgets, you’ll appreciate this. Plus clean-up was a breeze, I just tossed the aluminum foil into the recycle and rewrapped with fresh and it’s ready to go for next use.

Roast Beef Panini Sandwich…It’s What’s For Dinner

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  1. says

    I’ve been using the brick for awhile; so much cheaper than buying a press I would use one in a blue moon; and storage is simple too – the garage!

    I have that large bottle of sauce, it’s a real favorite but typically for chicken. This sounds fabulous; can’t wait to try it.

  2. says

    My mom used to make the Sunday pot roast as well and my favorite part of that was the roast beef sandwiches the next day. LOVE THEM! Oh, and I’ve been thinking about getting a panini press but will scratch that for the convertible model. Love this post!
    Montana Vic
    P.S. are you going to blog about the stuffed squash?

    • says

      LOL, probably the kitchen isn’t the best place for it then, I’ll move it next to my bed. Then when I’m making Panini for guests I’ll have to announce “be right back, the panini press is next to my bed”

  3. says

    Wow! The pannini and the stuffed squash look deliicous! Hey, I am totally impressed about the brick. That was a really creative solution. Nice!

  4. says

    Rachael to the rescue! I may not love her recipes, but you have to admit the girl does know how to work with what she’s got. This sandwich looks great! For some reason, putting any sandwich in panini form just makes it taste better. At least in my opinion.

  5. says

    Ha this is how I did it in my cafe, no room at my Inn either…until they came up with lids for those grill pans, but you still have to weight it down right… I have been wanting nothing but sandwiches and soup, I guess I am fattening up for winter, LOL!


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