Avocado and Turkey Paninis with Ranch Dressing

We had these for dinner on Friday night and they were excellent.

Then, the next day, I made them again for lunch, but this time with ranch instead of pesto and they were definitely better.

Of course, I’d taken this picture when I used the pesto (along with a smear of mayo), and you’re welcome to use that if you WANT to, but I’d highly recommend going the ranch dressing route.

Especially if you have homemade ranch.

Avocado and Turkey Paninis with Ranch Dressing

Makes 2 sandwiches

4 slices of challah or french bread
2 Tablespoons ranch dressing
1/2 avocado, sliced thinly or mashed roughly with a fork (I always mash it because it holds the sandwich together better)
1/2 tomato, sliced thinly

4-6 slices of thinly-shaved turkey breast
2 slices of provolone cheese

Butter, for grilling

Spread the ranch dressing evenly on the bread. Layer the avocado, tomato, turkey, and cheese on one slice of bread, then close it with the other piece of bread (it is. . .surprisingly hard to write directions about how to make a sandwich. I’m just going to assume you know how to make one).

Run a stick of butter around a frying pan over medium-low heat, then put your sandwiches in the pan (I like to put another heavy frying pan on top of the sandwiches because it helps them cook more evenly and presses everything together. (Like so)). 

Cook for 3-5 minutes, until the bottom is golden brown, then flip and cook another 1-2 minutes on the other side (I press them down again with the heavy pan).

Cut in half and serve immediately.

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  • Reply Jenna Hatfield August 14, 2013 at 1:31 pm

    Yes, we'll do it with ranch. The boys aren't big on Pesto.

  • Reply Lisa August 14, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    Kicking myself for not buying avocado when I was at the store this morning… Looks delicious!

  • Reply Amy Lee Scott August 14, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    You are killing me, Janssen! I just got a panini press and am trying to restrain myself from making every meal into a panini (though why I am fighting that urge, I do not know). This looks amazing. Particularly because of the ranch dressing. I would also love this with BOTH ranch and pesto 🙂

  • Reply Naomi O'Connell August 14, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    Mmmm avocado…it is out of season in this part of the world =(, I almost paid the $4 they wanted for ONE the other day, but I managed to resist.

  • Reply Lexilooo August 15, 2013 at 12:25 am

    hmmm. I bought an avocado yesterday, it should be ripe tomorrow….I'm thinking this could be dinner…

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