I love watching the Food Network. There is also the Cooking Channel now, which used to be FLN. I was watching yesterday, and Giada DeLaurentas (sp?) was on, and she made Paninis. I love that kind of sandwich. She made hers with Mozzarella cheese, and raspberry jam. That wasn't exactly what I was looking for, so when we went shopping, I got the cheese, and I already had beefsteak tomatoes here at the house that really needed to be used. I also bought a loaf of round bread, which I believe is called Boule.
I sliced the bread into about 3/4 inch slices - they have to be somewhat thick. I used only the center slices, which are large enough to make a nice sandwich. The rest of the smaller slices, I froze - mostly because the bread had a purchase date of today. I find I love freezing bread and using it in unusual things sometimes. Or, just take it out, toast it, and put peanut butter on it! :-)
Anyway, I got out my George Foreman grill (its only the small one that we purchased when they first came out - gotta love that little grill!), and I heated it up. I took out the cheese, and the tomato. Also some Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I turned the slices so the outsides were facing up. I drizzled the olive oil over the tops of the outsides. I sliced the cheese into thick enough slices to not fall apart when picking them up. Sliced the tomatoes pretty thick too - afterall, they had to stand up to the cheese. I layered the tomato slices, and the cheese, onto one of the INSIDE slices of bread - the side without the oil - and then set the other bread on top, with the oiled side out. I placed the sandwich on the grill, and closed the cover. About a minute later, I checked it. OMG, it was golden brown and SO yummy looking. I took it off the grill and set the next one on. I sliced the finished sandwich in half, and served with chips.
When the second one was done grilling, I removed it and sliced it. This one was mine. I let it cool because I was busy at the time, and when I sat down to eat it, it was so delicious! I WILL be doing this again, soon! It was a yummy summer sandwich and filling and so good. It really hit the spot too. And simple! Give it a try.