August is here, and that means we get to celebrate paninis all month long. Yes, that’s right: August is National Panini Month! Do you love the taste of ooey gooey cheese? What about the smell of warm, toasty bread? This collection of recipes has both. From savoury sandwiches like Apple, Cheddar, and Bacon Paninis and Eggplant Parmesan Paninis to those on the spicier side like Jalapeno Peach Paninis and Buffalo Chicken Paninis, there’s something for everyone. So go ahead and add some pizzazz to your month: eat a panini.

1. California Smoked Chicken Panini from Garlic and Zest

From the website: “Layered with melty cheese, sliced avocado and tomato, smoked chicken and a flavorful bell pepper, garlic aioli – this panini is hearty and satisfying!  Ready in minutes.”

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2. Apple, Cheddar and Bacon Panini from Chisel and Fork

From the website: “This panini is really just a fancy grilled cheese. The sweet/tartness from the apple and fig butter is the perfect complement to the creaminess of the melted cheddar and saltiness of the bacon.”

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3. Vegan Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Panini With Sun-Dried Tomato Mayonnaise from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

From the website: “A hearty vegan sandwich with a balance of sweet caramelized onions, savory mushrooms, and a tangy sun-dried tomato mayonnaise.”

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4. Artichoke and Broccoli Pesto Panini with Thyme Honey from Half-Baked Harvest

From the website: “Updating the classic grilled cheese sandwich with this Artichoke and Broccoli Pesto Brie Panini with Thyme Honey. Artichokes, broccoli, and pesto, layered between two slices of bread with Brie and sweet honey. This sandwich is toasted in the panini press (or in a skillet) until the cheese is melty and the bread is crisp. It’s savory, sweet, a touch salty, and the most perfect spring/summer grilled cheese for just about any day of the week.”

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5. Three Cheese Panini with Apples and Fig Jam from Like Mother, Like Daughter

From the website: “After I tell you all about the good things in this panini I don’t think I will have to work hard to convince you to make it.  First off, we have 3 cheeses, three! each with there [sic] own distinct taste- brie, Havarti, and Parmesan.  Then there are fresh green apple slices for a great burst of flavor.”

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6. Grilled Halloumi, Watermelon, and Prosciutto Panini from Cooking for Keeps

From the website: “Here, instead of the halloumi being fried with the lemon juice, it’s quickly seared in a non-stick skillet and the lemon essence comes to play in the form of a quick compound mayo made of lemon zest, lemon juice and a touch of salt and pepper. The mayo is slathered onto the toasted bread, then layered with the halloumi, watermelon, arugula and finally, the crispy prosciutto.”

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7. Blueberry Panini from Best Friends for Frosting 

From the website: “To make one panini, you’ll need two slices of bread, plenty of cheese, a handful of spinach, the other handful filled with blueberries, some balsamic vinegar, and a little bit of brown sugar. See? So simple!”

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8. Buffalo Chicken Panini from Home Cooking Memories

From the website: “This Buffalo Chicken Panini Sandwich recipe is a triple combo of awesome! If you love buffalo chicken wings, cheese, and sourdough bread – this is the sandwich for you!”

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9. Jalapeno Peach Panini from Simple Joy

From the website: “This panini knocked my socks off. I literally had it for four meals in a row and would have had it for a fifth, but I ran out of bread. I insist you make it immediately!”

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10. Eggplant Parmesan Panini from BS’ In the Kitchen

From the website: “Slice up your eggplant, dredge in the flour, then dip in the egg and finally bread it in the panko mixture and set it on a plate, repeat until all your eggplant is breaded. Once this is done your pan will be evenly heated, drop all the eggplant in and cook each side until browned.”

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Kirsten Clark is a high school English and Social Studies teacher, a reader, a runner, a writer, a lover of good food, and most importantly, a new mom. Kirsten lives in Vermilion, Alberta with her husband, and since welcoming a baby boy last December, she is embracing the new adventure of motherhood with all of its ups and downs. She occasionally blogs at, and posts regularly on Instagram @kirstenlanae. Find her on Twitter also.

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