Smoked Turkey and Artichoke Panini

A couple of weeks ago I had a Chicken and Artichoke Panini from Paradise Bakery. It was delish and I realized- even though I’m not really an artichoke person- how much I loved the tender, tangy artichokes hearts in that warm crispy-soft bread. My husband may have just been trying to win some brownie points (literally) when he said, “This is good, but you could do it better,” but in my book, that’s a challenge! So this is my version, and it’s pretty darn good if I don’t say so myself.

I used smokey sliced turkey and piled it on soft sourdough bread. (Fresh roasted turkey breast or grilled chicken would be delicious as well.) Garlic-herb mayo makes this one a stand-out. It combines with smooth swiss cheese for an irresistible flavor while garden fresh tomatoes round out the whole thing. I love the freshness it gets from the flecks of lemon zest in the mayo and the deep flavors of the garlic and fresh herbs.



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Sara Wells

Sara Wells co-founded Our Best Bites in 2008. She is the author of three Bestselling Cook Books, Best Bites: 150 Family Favorite RecipesSavoring the Seasons with Our Best Bites, and 400 Calories or Less from Our Best Bites. Sara’s work has been featured in many local and national news outlets and publications such as Parenting MagazineBetter Homes & GardensFine CookingThe Rachel Ray Show and the New York Times.

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  1. Wow! I just made this for dinner and it was amazing! My husband and I went to an Italian Restaurant where I ordered a panini similar to this and it wasn’t good at all. This definitely will be in my recipe index for quick, easy, and excellent!

  2. Thank you! thank you! They took that sandwhich off the menu and I have been craving it ever since.

  3. Ok so I made a knock off version of this sammie cuz when I went to make it I realized that I didn’t have anymore turkey or artichokes..ugh…but I already made the “magic mayo” before I realized this…so we had a tomato fresh out of our garden, peppericinni, magic mayo, grilled cheese sammies 😉 and let me just say that I know it was amazing because of the mayo!
    Couldn’t of done it w/ o you ladies and your delicious ideas! Keep them coming!

  4. Definitely the best sandwhich I’ve ever made at home! Made it for dinner, and then lunch the next day. Yum!

  5. Holy Crap!!! Need I say more? I just made this for dinner and it was a hit…everyone LOVED it! Thanks!

  6. Hi! This looks awesome! Just wanted to tell you the click here for panini how-to without a panini machine isn’t working and I couldn’t find it by searching.

    1. Meggan- I just took out the link because that post is actually not here any more! Sorry for the confusion!

  7. oh wow! Those sandwhiches were amazing! My husband loved them. We paired it with the Creamy Tomato soup which was also amazing and the combination was perfect. We have tried several recipes from your blog now and every single one has been awesome! My husband trusts any recipe that comes off your site! : )

  8. I'm so glad I found your blog – i'm definitely making this sandwich and many more of your recipes!! 🙂

  9. I just made this the other day and it was sooooo good! We don’t have a panini press, so I used our George Foreman and it worked perfectly. YUM!

  10. I LOVE that sandwich from Paradise Bakery and will definitely have to try this one. Panini sandwiches are always soooo good–the melted cheese, the warm turkey, the crispy bread–all so good. I use a George Foreman, works great, although it’s a small one and I can only do one sandwich at a time.

  11. I order this sandwich everytime I went to SLC to visit Jason. He lived right next to one, which was VERY convenient for our visits! By the way Sara…I hear you “know” Carly Bingham??? Jason and I grew up with her hubby Casey in SoCal. Small world!

  12. I do not have one,but I found my George Foreman to be absolutely FABULOUS for me. It panini-fys sandwiches beautifully.

  13. We tried your recipe tonight with sun-dried tomato turkey and Havarti and it was delish! I also used a Foreman grill and it worked great. Thanks for the great dinner idea!!

  14. Oh Sara bless you!! I have been wanting to make something with artichokes, (just one of my many pregnancy cravings 🙂 I can’t wait to try it!!

  15. kendall, you can totally use a Foreman grill!

    Panini Kathy- I’m so going to check out your blog right now!

    Becca- you are seriously crazy. Popcorn on the panini grill?? That’s like the time we tried to make cotton candy with a hair dryer. hahaha

  16. i used to work at an itallian eatery where i made paninis. they are fun to make..and easy once u have the equipment for it. u could just use a george forman grill???

  17. I most definitely have a panini grill!! 🙂

    This sandwich looks so nice and flavorful, esp with the artichokes and garlic-herb mayo. Yummy!

  18. Mmmm this looks deliscious! I didn’t know you weren’t an artichoke fan. I love them. I always put them in pasta dishes and have even pureed them into the creamy garlic sauce along with some sun dried tomatoes. And of course, who can forget artichoke dip? Mmmmm… I’m getting hungry!

    I also love paninis. I used my panini press yesterday for grilled cheese- simple but deliscious. I even got the bright idea (ok so i was super bored…) to throw some kernels of popcorn on there, just for curiosity’s sake. On the grill, that is, not the sandwich. Sure enough, they pop in little panini grill shaped pieces! Haha… they didn’t taste too good, though, all hard and crunchy 🙁

  19. I have a panini press, I think it’s the cuisinart one, and I love it! Grilled, pressed, panini sandwiches are so good. There is not much that’s better than a hot, crunchy, tasty sandwich, and your smoked turkey and artichoke panini looks fantastic!

  20. I have a panini grill, I picked it up at Sams club last year when they had their “christmas” merchandise. I hasn’t had nearly enough use though, but I”m tempted to pull it out today! Thanks for the recipe. I think I’ll try it.

  21. I am up way to late and now you have made me very hungry! Nice job! And no I don’t have a panini grill, want one though.