Feastie Friday Calphalon Panini Grill Giveaway!

Panini presses aren't just for sandwiches - you can make a Thanksgiving dinner on this awesome appliance! Well maybe not the whole dinner (I'd like to see someone make gravy on there) - but you can make turkey thighs - no joke! And think of all the incredible Thanksgiving leftover panini possibilities - endless. 

Feastie is giving away a Calphalon Panini Grill to one of our lucky readers. It fits two panini sandwiches or 4 hamburger patties or chicken breasts and has an adjustable temperature range of 150 to 450 F. Did I mention it also cooks turkey thighs? And salmon, and vegetables, and grilled pizza - this is an incredibly fun and versatile appliance.

I tried one out this past weekend and had a lot of fun making delicious and creative sandwiches, which I then cut up into little pieces for a panini party - great for cooking for a crowd! My favorites of the evening were goat cheese and caramelized onion with garlic aioli and an heirloom tomato, fresh mozzarella, spinach, and garlic aioli panini - I've included my original recipes below for your grilling pleasure.

Let's get the technicalities out of the way - here's how you can enter to win a Calphalon Panini Grill.


This giveaway is open from the time it is posted until 5pm EST Friday, November 18, 2011. We will do a random drawing on all entries and announce the winner during the week of November 21, 2011. Contest is open to US residents only. No purchase necessary to enter. Void where prohibited.

Ways to Enter:

  1. Leave a comment below describing your favorite sandwich or panini. We will count one "favorite panini" comment entry per email address.
  2. Follow us on twitter and tweet a link to this post with the hashtag #feastiefriday. We will count one entry per twitter name per day (12:00am to 11:59pm EST) for a total of 8 possible entries via twitter.
  3. Like us on facebook and leave a comment below to let us know. We will count one entry per facebook profile.

So that gives you 10 total chances to win! Get posting/tweeting/liking!


Jessica's Goat Cheese Caramelized Onion Panini with Garlic Aioli

Makes 1 sandwich


  • 1 small ciabatta roll (I used the little sandwich-sized ciabatta rolls from Trader Joe's)
  • 3 Tbsp caramelized onions 
  • 2 Tbsp mayonnaise
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 oz soft goat cheese
  • 1 oz fresh whole milk ovoline mozzarella cheese in water, sliced or torn into small pieces (optional)
  • olive oil
  1. Preheat panini press to medium-high heat.
  2. Slice ciabatta roll in half so you have a top and bottom - like a burger bun. Dig out some of the inner bread from the top part of the ciabatta - this will give you more room for your ingredients so they don't go squishing out the sides of the sandwich.
  3. In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise with garlic.
  4. Spread mayonnaise mixture on the inside of the bottom and top halves of the ciabatta. On the bottom half, spread the goat cheese, and top with the caramelized onions, and then the mozzarella (if you're using it). Put the top part of the ciabatta onto the bottom half, closing the sandwich.
  5. With a pastry brush, very lightly brush a tiny bit of olive oil on the outsides of the bottom and top halves of the ciabatta. 
  6. Grill for 3-4 minutes, until the bread is toasted with grill marks and the goat cheese is softened (and the mozzarella, if you're using it, is melted). Let it sit for a minute or two (this prevents the goat cheese from squishing out the sides of the sandwich), then slice in half (or quarters) and serve. 
Come back later in the week for more original panini recipes, including my heirloom tomato, fresh mozzarella, and spinach pesto panini. 

Find similar recipes at Feastie:

Simply Grilled Garlic Chicken Sandwich with Honey Goat Cheese {recipe} from Confessions of a Foodie
Grilled Chicken Sandwich With Pesto Goat Cheese Spread from Food People Want
Local Green Veggie Sandwich from The Vintage Mixer
Vegetarian Goat Cheese and Roasted Red Pepper Sandwich from Nutritious Eats
Caramelized Onion, Goat Cheese, and Tomato Sandwich for #SundaySupper from Magnolia Days


I'd use a new panini grill to a make my favorite panini with thin slices of pear, deli turkey, havarti cheese and a little spicy brown mustard

Oh That is a beautiful machine! My favorite panini is turkey, avocado, and feta cheese.

My favorite is the TUNA MELT!

I would use the grill to make that amazing sandwich posted above by Jessica. It looks absolutely amazing and I can't wait to try it!! Looking forward to more posts!

I would totally use this press to make all sorts of panini's. I would start, though, with a turkey, caramelized onion, and granny smith apple with just a tad bit of mayonnaise! Yum!!

Soon after that, though, I would try Jessica's panini listed above. I'm a sucker for caramelized onions!

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My favorite panini is a Smoked Gouda and Prosciutto Panini Sandwich :)
2 (1-inch) slices sourdough bread (about 8 ounces)
2 tablespoons olive oil or melted butter
2 ounces sliced smoked gouda
2 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
2 tablespoons thinly sliced red onions
2 slices tomato
1 ounce shredded fontina cheese
buon appetito!

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I love making Cuban sandwiches on sourdough bread. I roast a pork shoulder with cumin, salt, pepper, paprika and cayenne pepper. Then slather some sourdough bread slices with iglehoffer or dark yellow mustard and brush the outsides with olive oil. Then I take some thick sliced ham, sandwich stacker pickles, the pork and swiss cheese then grill it all up in a frying pan using a plate as the sandwhch press. Winning this panini grill would help a lot with the cooking process!

Sliced Roast Turkey, alfalfa sprouts & Thousand Island dressing in a pita!

My favorite sandwich would have to be a Croque Monsieur made with Virginia Ham, Gruyere cheese, and Dijon mustard on buttered and grilled sandwich bread. Thanks!

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My favorite pannini is thinly sliced chicken deli meat, pepper jack cheese, and spicy mustard.

I would love a panini made with grilled eggplant, goat cheese and mushrooms on ciabatta bread.

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my favorite panini would be roast beef, a little mustard, some sharp cheddar on sourdough. YUM!

I would use it Thanksgiving for leftover Turkey sandwichs

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