Fondue Cheese Panini Sandwiches Recipe

Tanya Schroeder | Lemons for Lulu Updated

Fondue Cheese Panini Sandwiches have three different kinds of cheese sandwich between two slices of French bread. Heaven!

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My husband and I don't do much for our anniversary. I may make a favorite dinner, or perhaps we will go somewhere simple to eat, but that is really about it. One year my husband took me to a fondue restaurant because he was told by a co-worker that it was a romantic thing to do.

While some may go to fondue restaurants for the romance, I think really what it comes down to is the experience. Each course gets presented with such drama and flair; it's really like no other dining experience. That being said, here are three reasons why we never went back; it's a time commitment. This meal takes planning. You cannot rush through this meal. If you are doing dinner and show, leave yourself time. Have a babysitter? Warn her. This could literally be a three-hour meal. I don't know about you, but I cannot sit that long.

Second, it's not cheap. I see no need to elaborate on this. And last, your small bites add up. This meal convinces you that you are merely nibbling on your food, when in actuality; you've eaten enough food to feed your entire family. Good thing you didn't make plans after dinner because now you need a nap.

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Still, fondue cheese is so, so good! If you are a fan of fondue, then this panini sandwich is for you. This sandwich starts with French bread that is stuffed with Swiss, Gruyere, and Parmesan cheese. The combination of the three yields perfectly, creamy, melted cheese. French bread is often served with cheese fondue, and in this sandwich, its thickness surrounds the cheese and helps hold everything in place.

I do not own a panini press. Don't worry; you don't need to own one either. Once you assemble your sandwiches, rest them on the hot grill pan and place a heavy skillet over the top of the sandwiches. That skillet will do an excellent job of pressing your sandwich down into the classic panini shape.

A word on the cheese: if you use a block cheese from your deli, be sure to slice it as thinly as possible. The thicker the slice, the longer it will take to melt. The last thing you want is melted cheese on the inside but burnt bread on the outside!

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My favorite cheese sandwiches have been this Muffuletta Grilled Cheese and this Fontina, Apricot and Chocolate Grilled Cheese. This Fondue Grilled Panini Sandwich will now round out my top three!

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Fondue Cheese Panini Sandwiches Recipe

    2 Servings

Ingredients

  • 1 loaf French Bread, Large
  • 3 ounces Gruyere Cheese
  • 3 ounces Swiss Cheese
  • 2 tablespoons Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 teaspoons Butter

Directions

  1. Cut the baguette in half, and then slice each half horizontally.
  2. Preheat a grill pan over medium heat. Spread a half-teaspoon on the outside of each piece of bread. Lay the flat pieces of bread, buttered side down on the hot grill pan.
  3. Layer the Gruyere cheese and Swiss cheeses; sprinkle each half with Parmesan cheese.
  4. Place remaining pieces of bread on top, buttered side up.
  5. Place a cast iron or other heavy skillet over the sandwiches and lightly press down.
  6. Grill sandwiches for 2-3 minutes or until golden, turn sandwiches over and place the skillet back on top.
  7. Heat sandwiches for an additional 2- 3 minutes or until cheese has melted.
  8. Serve immediately.

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Author: Tanya Schroeder
Recipe Yields: 2 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 2

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 280
Calories 1035

% Daily Value*
54%
Total Fat 35g
55%
  Saturated Fat 11g
72%
Sodium 1730mg
41%
Total Carbohydrate 123g
9%
  Dietary Fiber 7g
  Sugars 1g
88%
Protein 44g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
Tanya Schroeder

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Tanya covers every kind of meal on Lemons for Lulu. As our Sandwiches fanatic, she's going to wow you with Sandwich greatness, proving there's more to it than just bread, cheese, and meat.