Turkey, Extra Sharp Cheddar, Tomato, and Avocado Panini with Basil Mayonnaise

My friend Simon recently made us sandwiches while visiting his home and he used this amazing basil mayonnaise on them that he made. I was instantly hooked and couldn’t wait to re-create it at home. I made paninis this weekend and added some homemade basil mayonnaise to them. They turned out INCREDIBLE! I seriously could eat these sandwiches everyday!

Combine the mayonnaise, basil, minced garlic, sea salt, to taste, dash of white pepper, and dash of cayenne pepper, together in a small bowl. Mix until well combined. Set aside.

Preheat your panini grill or a grill pan over medium heat.

Spread some of the basil mayonnaise on both slices of bread then layer it with a little cheese, turkey, tomato, avocado, and a little more cheese. Place the other slice of bread on top.

Place into your panini pan (or grill pan).  Cook for 5 minutes or until crispy and golden brown.  Serve immediately.  Enjoy!

Side Note:  I always cook my paninis dry.  I find that using oil or butter on the bread makes the sandwich too greasy.  Try it – I bet you will like it and it’s way better for you!

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Turkey, Extra Sharp Cheddar, Tomato, and Avocado Panini with Basil Mayonnaise

Yield: 2

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 5 min.

Total Time: 15 min.

Ingredients:

Basil Mayonnaise:

1/4 cup olive oil mayonnaise
2 tbsp fresh basil, finely chopped
1 clove of garlic, minced
Sea salt, to taste
Dash of white pepper
Dash of cayenne pepper

Sandwich:

4 slices of French bread
Basil mayonnaise
Extra sharp white cheddar
Turkey, sliced
Tomato, sliced
Avocado, sliced

Directions:

Preheat your panini grill or a grill pan over medium heat.

Combine the mayonnaise, basil, minced garlic, sea salt, to taste, dash of white pepper, and dash of cayenne pepper, together in a small bowl. Mix until well combined. Set aside.

Spread some of the basil mayonnaise on both slices of bread then layer it with a little cheese, turkey, tomato, avocado, and a little more cheese. Place the other slice of bread on top.

Place into your panini pan (or grill pan). Cook for 5 minutes or until crispy and golden brown. Serve immediately. Enjoy!

Side Note: I always cook my paninis dry. I find that using oil or butter on the bread makes the sandwich too greasy. Try it – I bet you will like it and it’s way better for you!

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16 Responses to “Turkey, Extra Sharp Cheddar, Tomato, and Avocado Panini with Basil Mayonnaise”

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    Carmen Rosa — December 17, 2013 @ 2:05 am

    Totally craving these now.

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    Lia — December 17, 2013 @ 2:33 am

    So delicious!!
    Cheers,
    Lia.

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    Jenn — December 17, 2013 @ 4:27 am

    The sandwich is a thing of beauty!! And the basil mayo is just the “icing on the cake” in my book!!! YUM!

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    Becki's Whole Life — December 17, 2013 @ 4:35 am

    While the sandwiches also sound like something I could make and eat every day that Basil Mayo just sounds out of this world flavorful.

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    Katie — December 17, 2013 @ 6:40 am

    This looks divine! I love flavored mayo!

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    DawnF — December 17, 2013 @ 6:42 am

    DROOLING over here! :) Yummy!

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    ela@GrayApron — December 17, 2013 @ 10:30 am

    I could eat this all the time…looove these panini :) ela

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    Diane — December 17, 2013 @ 12:27 pm

    That mayonnaise sounds amazing, bookmarked, thanks. Have a good week Diane

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    Marjie — December 17, 2013 @ 3:37 pm

    Flavored mayonnaise? What a novel idea!

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    Jovina Coughlin — December 17, 2013 @ 3:44 pm

    This looks really good Pam. I don’t usually put mayo on a panini, but I will definitely make this sandwich with basil mayo.

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    Joanne — December 17, 2013 @ 4:36 pm

    I’m pretty gleeful that I have a fresh basil plant growing on my windowsill! That basil mayo sounds fabulous.

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    Chris — December 17, 2013 @ 4:52 pm

    WOW that is a stunning panini, Pam. I put a light amount of oil on my panini press plates but not much. I need to break it out and make this this week.

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    Blond Duck — December 17, 2013 @ 6:31 pm

    This sounds so good!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — December 17, 2013 @ 7:44 pm

    Such a comforting meal!

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    Kim in MD — December 18, 2013 @ 9:08 am

    This looks so delicious, Pam!

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    vanillasugarblog — December 19, 2013 @ 2:44 pm

    I put mayo on my grilled cheese sandwiches. Hubby hates it.
    But I love nothing more than a grilled cheese with mayo, extra sharp cheese, think tomato and maybe some corn relish! SO GOOD!

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