Turkey & Tomato Panini

Turkey & Tomato Panini

A creamy spread full of Parmesan and fresh basil cozies up to turkey and summer-ripe tomato slices for a savory hot sandwich that will quickly become a go-to mealtime solution.

From EatingWell: July/August 2007
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 25
Total Time: 25


  1. 3 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
  2. 2 tablespoons nonfat plain yogurt
  3. 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
  4. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  5. 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  6. Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  7. 8 slices whole-wheat bread
  8. 8 ounces thinly sliced reduced-sodium deli turkey
  9. 8 tomato slices
  10. 2 teaspoons canola oil


  1. Have four 15-ounce cans and a medium skillet (not nonstick) ready by the stove.
  2. Combine mayonnaise, yogurt, Parmesan, basil, lemon juice and pepper in a small bowl. Spread about 2 teaspoons of the mixture on each slice of bread. Divide turkey and tomato slices among 4 slices of bread; top with the remaining bread.
  3. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Place 2 panini in the pan. Place the medium skillet on top of the panini, then weight it down with the cans. Cook the panini until golden on one side, about 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium-low, flip the panini, replace the top skillet and cans, and cook until the second side is golden, 1 to 3 minutes more. Repeat with another 1 teaspoon oil and the remaining panini.


Nutrition Per Serving: 286 calories; 6 g fat (1 g sat, 3 g mono); 27 mg cholesterol; 36 g carbohydrates; 10 g protein; 5 g fiber; 681 mg sodium; 136 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Fiber (20% daily value), Calcium & Iron (15% dv)

2 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 lean meat