Avocado, Prosciutto & Provolone Paninis

Avocado, Prosciutto & Provolone Paninis

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  • 1 package prosciutto
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 4 slices provolone (I used reduced-fat)
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 roma tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/4 red onion, sliced into thin strips
  • 8 thick-cut slices fresh whole-grain bakery bread
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


In a medium skillet over medium heat, spray non-stick spray and fry 2-3 pieces of prosciutto at a time. Keep the full slices intact (a.k.a. avoid tearing). Fry on each side for about 2 minutes, and then transfer to a plate lined with paper towel. Repeat for all prosciutto pieces in the package.

Once all prosciutto is fried, dump onions into the same pan (to get all of that yummy flavor!) and fry for a quick 1-2 minutes, or until slightly browned. Remove pan from heat and set aside.

Heat your panini-maker. (In our case, we have a Cuisinart Griddler -- but you might have a pan or just choose to fry your sandwiches if you don't have either.) While your panini-maker is heating up, assemble your sandwiches.

Lay all 8 pieces of bread out on a cutting board or baking sheet. Drizzle each piece with olive oil (about a 1/2 tablespoon or less); then flip each bread slice over and repeat. On four of the bread slices (your sandwich bases), pile on 2 pieces of prosciutto, 1 piece of provolone, avocado (enough to cover it up!), 3 slices of tomato and a few pieces of the onions. Top each sandwich base with a sprinkle of freshly chopped cilantro.

Place the other piece of bread on top and place in the panini-maker for 3-5 minutes. (If you're using a pan, be sure to flip it after 2 minutes). Allow 3-5 minutes to cool before eating.