Paninis have definitely become a growing food trend. You see them now in most restaurants that sell sandwiches. I love BLTs but as someone who is a bit health conscious I wanted to do one of my favourite sandwiches without the bacon. I find smoked turkey has a similar flavour and pairing it with tomato slices and basil seem to only make this sandwich better. Once you take a bite of the panini you will definitely know why this has become a lunchtime favourite!

  • mini baguettes or kaiser buns
  • fresh basil
  • good melting cheese (i.e. cheddar, mozzarella)
  • smoked turkey deli meat, sliced thin
  • tomatoes, sliced
  • butter or margarine

1. Preheat either your panini press or if you don't have one like me preheat a non-stick skillet on medium high heat while you're making your panini.

2. Slice open your mini baguette and layer on first the cheese slice, turkey meat, tomatoes and then basil, finishing with another slice of cheese on top. You want to make sure the cheese goes on the bottom and the top layer of the sandwich to ensure that it glues the panini together.

3. Close the sandwich and then butter both sides of the baguette, then place the panini on the preheated panini press or skillet. If you're doing this in a skillet press down with something heavy i.e. another pan, then flip it over and do the same on the other side. Once you see the cheese melting you're done. Slice the sandwich in half and serve immediately while it's still warm.

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