Bacon Jam Panini with Fontina and Spinach

Bacon Jam Panini with Fontina and Spinach | Very Culinary

by Amy Flanigan on January 16, 2013 · 18 comments

Everyone said, “she’ll never use it – it’s heavy. It’s bulky. It takes up too much space. She’ll get bored with it. It will just collect dust. I’d put money on it.” Any guesses? 

No, it’s not my treadmill. Although I’m certain everyone thought that about it, too! No, no. It’s my panini maker! (And I’m proud to say, my treadmill gets a workout at least 5 days a week. And the panini maker, at least once a week.) My panini maker gets used so often that it has its own permanent spot on the counter. Yes, it’s counter-worthy.

I think this sandwich speaks for itself, but just in case you missed the love affair this country was having with bacon jam back in January of 2011 – I’m going to tell you…um, it’s not weird. It’s not gross. It’s so completely the opposite of that.

You need to make it. Stat.

And then you need to make these sandwiches. Stat.

…and you might want to double the ingredients, because you’ll want another sandwich the next day. Probably the minute you wake up. Trust me.

Bacon Jam Panini with Fontina and Spinach
Makes 4 sandwiches
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes

Ingredients
• 8 slices thick crusty bread
• extra virgin olive oil
• 3/4 cup bacon jam
• handful of fresh baby spinach
• 1 cup shredded fontina cheese

Directions
If you just made the bacon jam, you’re good to go. If you made it earlier and it’s been in the fridge, then place it in the microwave for 10 seconds to soften slightly.

Heat a panini press (or heavy nonstick frying pan or stovetop griddle.)

Evenly distribute the spinach leaves and shredded cheese on 4 slices of bread; spread the bacon jam on the other 4 slices. Put the halves together. Lightly brush the outside of the sandwich (top and bottom) with olive oil.

Place on the panini press; close lid and cook for about 3 minutes until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted. (If you’re using a frying pan or griddle, place a heavy plate on top of the sandwich, cook for 2-3 minutes, then flip and cook for another 30 seconds.)

Serve right away and be carried off to a magical place :D

(slightly adapted from The Perfect Pantry)

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Kathy Nolan March 8, 2013 at 7:41 am

I gave my husband a panini maker for Christmas. Of course, he doesn’t cook but sure does love when I use it! A great investment! Just did grilled cheese last night and would love to have had the bacon jam recipe. Will have to make some up this weekend for sure!

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Kim February 1, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Oh good grief – I missed the bacon jam. I fall of the planet too often. How could I miss something life changing like this?? I must make this crazy tasty madness. I bet you could walk around like the pied piper with this stuff on a spoon. I love melted fontina paninis, too, especially in the fall and winter.

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Diana January 17, 2013 at 9:17 am

Savory and sweet together in a sandwich? Count me in. :)

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Joanne January 17, 2013 at 6:56 am

So many people said that about my belgian waffle iron…and well they were right. But a panini maker…now THAT I would get use out of!

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Vespa Woolf January 17, 2013 at 4:22 am

This makes me want to go out and get a panini maker! Your photos are beautiful and this panini sounds delicious. I’m intrigued by the bacon jam. : ) Thank you!

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Rachel @ Bakerita January 16, 2013 at 9:23 pm

Yum! Bacon jam?! Sign me up. This sounds too good. And my panini maker definitely needs a workout!

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joan January 16, 2013 at 7:34 pm

I had to come over from TasteSpotting and see what bacon jam was all about. Oh my!!

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Jessica January 16, 2013 at 5:53 pm

This looks delicious! Nice pictures too. Thanks for sharing!

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Simply Life January 16, 2013 at 1:58 pm

what a fun mix of flavors!

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Heather @ SugarDish(Me) January 16, 2013 at 10:10 am

Bacon jam is AMAZING. This sandwich looks sooooo good. I’ve wanted a panini press for forever and I have the most storage-challenged kitchen ever. Mine would live smack in the middle of the kitchen table if I thought I could get away with it.

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Paul January 16, 2013 at 9:40 am

bacon.

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Mike January 16, 2013 at 9:37 am

That looks really yummy.

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Lisa@The Cutting Edge of Ordinary January 16, 2013 at 8:22 am

I have a panini maker…so I must make this! I must!

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Tomi Radke January 16, 2013 at 8:03 am

I do want one RIGHT now so I think I will!! @ Pam a good sub for the counter electric type, if you have a grill pan heat that, put in your panini and set a smaller heavy cast iron skillet on top. Works like a charm!

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Kathy - Panini Happy January 16, 2013 at 7:07 am

You know I’m on board with this. :-) Looks terrific!

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Bev @ Bev Cooks January 16, 2013 at 6:52 am

I want this so bad I could cry.

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Rebecca {Foodie with Family} January 16, 2013 at 8:11 am

Weeping salty tears of jealousy right now…

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pam January 16, 2013 at 6:42 am

I’ve been thinking that I needed a panini maker and you have just convinced me!

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