How to Make a Panini Without a Panini Press

This recipe and post is sponsored by Unilever.

Make a Panini without A Panini Pres

A few weeks ago I posted about my shopping trip to Walmart and the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® light spread I picked up. I was able to use an awesome website called It’s Good To Know and found some great recipes that used I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® in them.

Since then I’ve made a few dishes and have incorporated our secret ingredient -I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® – without any fuss from my husband. His favorite recipe so far has been a simple panini I made for him and the kids for lunch one day. And we don’t have a panini press.

Being able to use the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® spread instead of butter has made these paninis even easier to make! No crumbs everywhere or hard, cold butter stuck to one corner and not budging. Just smooth, easy spreading! If you’re interested in finding out how you can make a panini without a panini press check out my YouTube video tutorial below.

The kids like to call them “fancy sandwiches” and love that I can switch up the ingredients inside to make different combinations. Served with a tasty side of veggies or a nice garden salad and it’s the perfect healthy meal! Plus it takes less than 10 minutes to prepare!

Make a panini without a panini press ingredients

How to Make a Panini Without a Panini Press

What You’ll Need:

  • Your favorite bread
  • I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® spread (original or light – available at Walmart)
  • deli meat of choice
  • cheese of choice
  • any additions (pickles, spinach, onions, tomatoes, etc)

What You Do:

Watch the YouTube video below (you can subscribe to the Simmworks Family’s YouTube Channel here) to find out how I easily made these paninis without a panini press!


What you end up with is a delicious, crispy-on-the-outside-gooey-on-the-inside sandwich that any kid (or husband) would love!

Plus you can feel good about serving these to your family because I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® has that fresh butter taste with 70% less saturated fat and 30% fewer calories than butter. And it’s a lot easier to spread over your bread slices than a stick of butter too! Win-win!

Bring your family together this summer with these delicious made-at-home paninis. They’re a quick and healthy option for your family and are easily adapted to everyone’s tastes! I’m considering making a peanut butter and banana panini next! A little sweet to go with the savory.

Think my daughter (the peanut butter queen) would like that? Mmmm… maybe a little nutella… No, that might negate the nutritional benefits of the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® though. And it definitely isn’t Nutrisystem friendly!

make a panini without a panini press sandwich

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  1. The crispy/gooey combo is always a winner with me. I love that it’s quick and healthy too!

  2. I use the Foreman grill 😉

  3. This is a great recipe. I sooo need to get a griddle pan. 🙂

  4. What a smart idea! I’m going to have to try this! I love paninis but no press here!

  5. OH I am so drooling over that panini right now!!! I love panini’s! But never made them. And we don’t have a Panera bread in our town.

  6. genius! This looks so yummy

  7. commented on the Instagram photo but that looks so delicious!! 🙂

  8. That turned out really great! We’re so bad about eating bread in this household; it always goes moldy before I can use it all up. Nutrisystem kind of trained me to look at bread as bad, so I try not to eat a lot of it.

  9. Now I’m hungry. That looks so quick and simple that even someone with little cooking skills can pull it off. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Delicious! I actually have a panini press but it’s heavy and not so easy to clean. I like your method better!

  11. That is great! My sister and brother-in-law bought a Panini Press and I have been craving Panini’s ever since! This is great. Although, now I really want a griddle!

  12. Bridgetmsw says

    Just love this idea

  13. What fun to make a healthy panini or i would love to make a grilled cheese too!

  14. Fingers crossed that I win. Thanks for the fun chance to win.

  15. Amanda Sakovitz says

    I follow you on instagram as pokergrl8 and I would make grilled salmon with the spreads

  16. Ashley Tucker says

    Follow on IG ashley_joy13. I think I’d make some muffins!

  17. I never made paninis before and wasn’t going to buy a panini maker – so glad you shared this quick and easy tutorial! My kids are tired of PB & J so they would love some “fancy sandwiches” and truth be known, so would I haha!

  18. Aline Grigorian says

    I’m not on Instagram. We love Nutella in our household. How about a nutella and marshmallow ‘smores’ sandwich? Yum!

  19. I can’t wait to try this!!! I’m thinking up combinations as I’m writing….


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