Bacon Tomato and Avocado Panini

by Jenn on May 22, 2012

in Gluten Free

Gluten Free Panini

I promised myself not to be one of those bloggers who gushes about every instance of upcoming parenthood.  And yet here I am, about to be officially deserving of the infamous title “mommy blogger” any day now, whenever she decides to make her presence known to the world, eagerly excited and yet also a bit terrified at the same time.  I am near thirty years old, and finally have to accept the idea that I actually grew up :)

Up until this point, even with such major life events such as getting married, moving halfway across the world, finishing school, I’ve never truly felt like an adult.  Thanksgiving dinners always involved us being the “babies” of the family, the young ones who though technically grown up, are still are very comfortable sitting at the kid’s table, making jokes and goofing around while the football game or the Macy’s Day Parade alternates on the TV in the background.

Now, in a span of just a few short months, an entirely new generation has appeared – my sister, my sister-in-law, and now myself, all becoming mothers during what my family has deemed “the year of babies”.  And just like that, we have all transitioned to being adults.  It’s a weighty feeling, knowing someone is going to depend on me for everything, and part of what I’m sure every first time parent is scared of.  But it’s also a new unknown adventure, one I’m sure will be unlike anything my husband and I have experienced before – and that, we are very much looking forward to.

Over these past couple weeks the cooking has taken a little bit of a back seat in my life as standing for prolonged periods of time gets to be ever challenging, ha (I’m sure it’s even more hilarious to watch someone who feels like a whale and waddles like a penguin walk around attempting to do every day tasks) – and my husband has wonderfully been assuming a lot of the cooking and cleaning at home, which I’m super thankful for.

So with my husband making dinner, we’ve been enjoying a lot of basics – yummy comfort food classics – like these grilled sandwiches which instantly bring back memories of our own childhoods.  This one was made with some store-bought gluten free bread, and inside is melted pecorino cheese, bacon slices, avocado, basil, and tomato.  Simple and quick, so we can remember that while we may officially be adults, no matter how old we get and how much life happens, we can always still be kids at heart :)

Gluten Free Panini


Bacon Avocado and Tomato Panini

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time:15 minutesIngredients:

  • Slices of bread (we used GF storebought bread slices)
  • Slices of your favorite cheese (we used pecorino)
  • Thinly sliced tomatoes
  • Thinly sliced avocado
  • A couple pieces of grilled bacon
  • Basil leaves, chiffonaded
  • Butter


  1. Assemble sandwiches using bread, cheese, tomatoes, avocado, bacon, and basil, or feel free to substitute your other favorite sandwich ingredients.
  2. Heat a grill pan on high heat, and melt a knob of butter
  3. Grill the sandwich a couple minutes on each side.  Sometimes we like to take the lid from our skillet to put on top of the sandwich to weigh it down some and help melt the cheese faster.
  4. Enjoy :)


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