July 8th, 2010

Pizza Panini

First let me say that you do not need a sandwich press to make panini, so don’t let that stop you! The stove-top skillet method works just fine.


I make mine in a George Foreman grill and it works great! These are a big hit with my family, especially the kids. You know you’ve got a winner when they keep saying, “this is so good,” in between bites.

The great thing about these panini is that everyone can choose their own sandwich filling. Perfect if you have picky eaters like I do.

When I can’t find foccacia bread, I’ll use naan or a similar flat bread. In that case, I don’t split the bread. I just use two pieces to make each panini. If you want to go all out and make your bread from scratch, you can find a recipe for focaccia bread here, and a recipe for naan bread here.

Pizza Panini

Preparation 10 min 2017-04-29T00:10:00+00:00 Cook Time 10 min 2017-04-29T00:10:00+00:00
Serves 1     adjust servings


  • 1 large, store-bought foccacia loaf
  • 1 cup marinara or pizza sauce

Your favorite pizza toppings, such as

  • Sliced pepperoni
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
  • Provolone cheese, thinly sliced
  • Sliced black olives
  • Sliced tomatoes
  • Red or white onion, sliced
  • Fresh basil


  1. Cut the foccacia into 4 equal sections, then split each section in half so it opens up like a sandwich.
  2. Spread a thin layer of marinara sauce on each slice of foccacia (or, if you prefer, serve the marinara on the side for dipping).
  3. Layer the foccacia with any combination of your favorite pizza toppings and place the halves back together to make sandwiches.
  4. Place panini in sandwich press or, if using a pan on the stove top, place another heavy skillet or a brick wrapped in foil on top of the sandwiches to press them down.
  5. Cook until the cheese is melted and bread is crisp on both sides, about 2-3 minutes per side.

Who Dished It Up First: I got this idea from Rachael Ray, and as she says, there’s no right or wrong here, so get creative!



  1. SO going to make this! I think this is one all of them will eat. And that is quite an accomplishment.

  2. Looks great! I love anything pizza.

  3. I like the idea of this. Will definitely try next time I have some foccacia bread.

  4. Looks soooooo delicious!

  5. it looks super…..yummmyyyy

  6. Looks so great. Yummy dish for a no oven night. Great job

  7. Wow this sounds good! Anything with pizza gets my vote! We have been drooling over your sugar cookie bars too! I so want to make those! Thanks for all the awesome recipes!

  8. What an easy way to get the pizza taste without having to turn on the oven! Thanks for a great “beat the heat” meal!

  9. I love pizza-ninis!! 🙂 These look great, and your kids are lucky to have you as a mom.

  10. If I was to tattoo one word on my body it would be PIZZA. My #1 food of choice.

  11. Oh my gosh, I just found your link at Foodie Fridays…your pictures make me hungry! I love pizza, and I will def. be trying this soon!

  12. mmm what a great idea–I’m always looking for new panini ideas! can’t wait to try this!

  13. Yum, your whole blog makes my mouth water. We love, love, love panini. I say you can put anything between bread and make it into a panini and it is wonderful. This looks fab. We will try it. I am getting fat just looking at your food pics.

  14. That looks fantastic!

    Thanks for stopping by for Friday Favorites!

  15. These panini look amazing!!! I should make this the next time I make pizza or focaccia dough. YUM!! Great photo.

  16. This looks delicious- anything that resembles pizza doesn’t last very long at my house. I’m sure this would disappear quickly. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  17. YUM!! What a great idea! (:

  18. oh my stars this looks DELICIOUS 🙂

  19. Excellent read, I just passed this onto a colleague who was doing a little research on that. And he actually bought me lunch because I found it for him smile So let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch!

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