4 servings (serving size: 1 sandwich)

This turkey panini is one of the best panini recipes we have ever tried. Basil pesto and sourdough bread are key to this sandwich's unique flavor. For more panini ideas, see our complete panini recipe collection.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine mayonnaise and pesto, stirring well. Spread 1 tablespoon mayonnaise mixture on each of 4 bread slices; top each slice with 2 ounces turkey, 1/2 ounce cheese, and 2 tomato slices. Top with remaining bread slices.

Step 2

Preheat grill pan or large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Add sandwiches to pan; top with another heavy skillet. Cook 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown.

Chef's Notes

In Italian, "panini" means small bread and refers to a pressed sandwich. Using a grill skillet gives the sandwich appetizing grill marks, but the recipe works just as well in a regular nonstick skillet. If you don't have provolone cheese, you can use mozzarella.

Ratings & Reviews

Great Flavor

November 30, 2016
This was a delicious sandwich. The mix of flavors was fantastic. I especially enjoyed the pesto. I used left over turkey from Thanksgiving and will definitely make this sandwich again.

JoyceHT's Review

April 14, 2013
I made these sandwiches when we had company for lunch. Our two guests, my daughter, and I really liked the panini, while my husband found it a bit bland? My daughter and I continue to enjoy these on occasion when it's just us girls!

daneanp's Review

November 09, 2012
Yum. The family loved these. We used our panini maker. Quick, easy, delicious.

starby135's Review

June 24, 2012
This was so good! I thought the sourdough + pesto combination was amazing. I did skip out on the mayo and the tomatoes.

Panethiere's Review

October 24, 2011

azaleas's Review

October 18, 2011
I used what I had on hand (roast beef and white bread) instead and it was good. I bet it will be better when I make this again and stick to the recipe better.

kyfoster's Review

October 16, 2011

crysmys's Review

October 13, 2011
Very good. Made as directed, and was surprised how well the flavors came together. Served with Tomato-Basil Soup for a delicious, comforting dinner. Not sure it's a special occasion meal, but better than 'good and solid'. Will definitely make again.

amyzgr8's Review

October 13, 2011
What's not to love? Made this yesterday with low fat turkey breast slices, tomatoes, whole wheat bread, Colby cheese slices and skipped the mayo (hate it) since, to me, the delicious pesto is enough. I substitute fat free Greek yogurt for mayo anyway although I didn't feel the need. Used our trusty George Forman grill. Great go to meal or to make little sandwiches for a party. ;) Try it with tomato pesto and quesadillas. Yum!

Purgers's Review

August 09, 2011
Very good. I use 3 tablespoons of mayo and 2 teaspoons of pesto as the pesto sort of takes over at the recipe ratio. Panini press is the way to go.