At first glance, the panini is a pretty basic creation. It's essentially a sandwich, but grilled on a panini press that toasts the slices of bread and warms the ingredients within. But the panini has a certain je ne sais quoi that the boring old sandwich or the grilled cheese, its less classy cousin, lack.
If the sandwich were a person, it would be the awkward misunderstood girl with glasses in every movie about high school. Then, some well-meaning popular girl decides to get her community service in by giving Sandwich Girl a makeover. And suddenly, simply by investing in contact lenses and showering once in a while, Sandwich Girl transforms into Panini Girl, who is prom queen and the girlfriend of the quarterback of the football team (who is usually named Brad).
Basically, the panini is always the hottest girl at the party. So think of these recipes as 17 ways for you to get lucky at lunchtime.
Let the Bacon & Guacamole panini get you out of bed in the morning.
Throw it back to your favorite childhood lunch with this PB&J Panini.
Keep it classic with this Caprese Panini.
Add a little island flair to your lunchtime routine with this Cuban Panini.
Make this Dark Chocolate, Raspberry & Brie Panini for your special someone.
Get your post-workout protein boost with this Peanut Butter & Bacon Panini.
When you can't decide what you want for lunch, just have it all with this Pizza Panini.
This Bacon, Ham & Cheese Panini is for all you meatheads out there.
Treat yo'self with this sweet Strawberry Nutella Panini recipe.
This Green Panini may not stop global warming, but it can fight your hunger.
Make this BL(ae)T Panini your bae.
Let this S'mores Panini take your camping trip to a whole new level.
Pretend you're at an Italian bistro with this fresh Red Pepper, Pesto & Mozzarella Panini.
Work on your night cheese with a Liz Lemon panini that will 30 Rock your world.
Make the timeless appetizer into the star of the show with this Spinach & Artichoke Dip Panini.
Your pursuit of happiness (and the perfect lunch) ends with this Red, Wheat & Blue Panini.
Get all the tastes of fall with this Almond Butter, Apple & Goat Cheese Panini.
This post was created by Tarika Narain for Spoon University.