My first gluten free Italian panini was life-changing!
Tucked away on a side street of Florence, Italy, we discovered a quaint gluten free bakery. Inside, we were surrounded with tantalizing pastries, pizza, and paninis that looked just as good as they tasted.
I spent a good bit of time picking the one gluten free Italian panini for lunch.
As I bit into the crunchy bread, everything came to a halt.
It seems silly to describe the moment as magical. But it truly was!
After nearly ten years since I’d last eaten a panini (which was before my gluten free days), I savored every juicy, crunchy bite.
I’m not certain what inspired me to buy a panini maker, but I’m incredibly glad that I did. Now I’m going to share with you one of my favorite paninis with you that takes less than 5 minutes to make from start to finish!
Gluten Free Italian Panini Details
If the concept of a panini is new to you, “panini” is the Italian word for “sandwiches”. (Technically “panino” is the singular version of the word.)
It essentially means that you place a sandwich on a grill that presses and heats it from both the top and the bottom.
The flavors of the inside meld and warm as the bread becomes crisp.
For a long time, I wouldn’t ever have bothered making such a dish because gluten free bread was rather dreadful.
Thanks to Canyon Bakehouse’s Heritage Style bread, it’s now possible.
The slices are wider than most gluten free bread available on the market.
Every bread that Canyon Bakehouse makes is dairy, nut, and soy free. Plus they’re Kosher, certified Gluten Free, and free of GMO ingredients.
This is the only gluten free bread that I will bring in my house!
I keep plenty of loaves on hand in my freezer while we slowly go through a loaf that stays in the fridge.
Fortunately, loaves will stay fine in the fridge for 3 to 4 weeks (if you happen to be a slow getting through it like we are).
Should you need more swaps here, you could certainly make this recipe dairy free as well by swapping out butter for a dairy free spread or by lightly coating the grill with olive oil or avocado oil.
You can easily swap out the cheese for a dairy free version (there are plenty out there these days) or just eliminate it entirely.
And you can make the pesto yourself (like I do) with this recipe here. It’s completely dairy free since many store-bought varieties contain dairy.
Lastly, I spent 2 hours reading reviews to pick the best panini maker available online for a reasonable price. HERE is the one that I bought! (affiliate link)
How To Make Your Gluten Free Italian Panini (Video)
In case you want to see how I make this panini, here is a short cooking demo of this recipe:
As always, remember that you must purchase ingredients (including lunchmeats and cheese) marked gluten free.
Another yummy addition to this sandwich would be roasted red peppers.
And if pesto isn’t your thing, here is my favorite vegan mayo that I use on paninis!
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Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Canyon Bakehouse Gluten Free. The opinions about the brand and their products presented herein are entirely my own.