I've never had panini, but I had an idea of a heated-up pressed-down sandwich. Wikipedia says, "in Italy, the word for a sandwich made from bread other than sliced bread... Examples of bread types are ciabatta,...." Looking for recipes online, I saw a few versions which had meat slices, apple or pear slices and fancy cheese, with some kind of tasty dressing. Well, I've been in a bit of a frazzle lately and ended up forgetting to buy a few "essentials".
I'd imagined there was some spinach for the soup in the freezer, but there wasn't. However downstairs I did find wilted romaine - bingo! I remembered to buy ciabatta, but forgot about any fancy cheese. I would just have to make do. I defrosted leftover chicken and picked it all off the bones - there was plenty; sliced up a couple of apples, and decided plain old American cheese would be good enough. But what about a dressing? I really didn't want to bother looking up a recipe, so I mixed up mayo with a cherry pomegranate dressing that we don't like too much but which is good for salads with fruit - bingo again! I melted some butter in my Scanpan and heated them up, pressing down with the spatula, and oh how tasty!
panino is singular; panini, plural