Italian Grilled Cheese Panini Bites

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Today while we were out running errands, I told my husband I wanted to make something special for dinner and asked him to stop at Safeway before we went home. By fancy I meant something more than a box of pasta, but rather bite sized cheese Panini sandwiches.

I love my neighborhood Safeway, it’s within walking distance of my house and have everything I need to make a yummy meal for my husband and I!

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My inspiration came from one of the recipes on the Safeway website, for their “Make More of Mealtime” campaign – I found this recipe for Italian Grilled Cheese Panini Bites and I had to try it. It’s kind of hard to go wrong with a caprese panini!

Yummy caprese panini! #MakeMoreofMealtime

Recipe from: I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter – For Safeway. Used with permission.

Italian Grilled Cheese Panini Bites

Makes 24 mini-sandwiches | Prep Time 20 min |Cook Time 15 min
• 2 medium red, yellow and/or orange tomatoes, thinly sliced
• 12 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
• 24 fresh basil leaves*
• 1 whole grain French baguette, cut into 1/4-inch slices
• 1/4 cup I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® Spread
Ingredients needed for a mini cheese panini! #makemoreofmealtime ad
1. Evenly arrange tomatoes, cheese and basil on 1/2 of the bread slices, then top with remaining bread slices. Evenly spread top side of sandwiches with I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® Spread.
2. Grill** sandwiches, turning once, 4 minutes or until golden. Garnish, if desired, with additional basil.
*SUBSTITUTION: Use prepared pesto instead of basil leaves.
**Sandwiches can also be cooked in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat as above.

Cost per recipe*: $13.10.

Cost per sandwich*: $0.52.

*Based on average retail prices at national supermarkets.

Now, the recipe uses a grill pan or skillet, but I had to use my Panini press. My Panini press goes in waves of use. We’ll go a good 7 to 10 days of using it daily, and then nothing for a month or two. So sad.

Let’s just stay I should have stopped at three of those delicious cheesy Panini sandwiches and not eaten four. Because SO MUCH CHEESE. But they were so so good!


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About Kerri Jablonski

Kerri Jablonski AKA The Maven lives in Seattle,WA with her 3 kids (2008, 2010, 2013), husband, cats and backyard chickens. Two of her children have special needs. Kerri enjoys cooking, travel, movies and spending time with her family.


  1. Those look absolutely amazing ! They just put a Safeway in our town about a year ago and I love shopping there.

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