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Leftover Ham and Cheese Panini

This Leftover Ham and Cheese Panini is perfect for Easter, Christmas or holiday leftovers. This sandwich is made with sourdough bread, swiss and mozzarella cheese, then grilled and pressed to perfection.
Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword ham and cheese panini, leftover ham panini, leftover ham recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1 sandwich
Calories 396kcal


  • 2 slices bread I used sourdough.
  • 1 teaspoon butter Melted
  • 1-2 tablespoons Primal Kitchen Ham Glaze
  • 2 slices swiss cheese
  • 2 oz sliced ham
  • fresh spinach or lettuce
  • cooking oil If using a cast iron or grill pan. I use olive oil.


  • Spread the butter over both slices of bread.
  • Flip the bread slices and spread the ham glaze over the other sides. Add the ham, cheese, and spinach, to the bread and form a sandwich.

Panini Press

  • Add the sandwich to a panini press and press down firmly for 5-10 seconds. Allow the sandwich to cook for 3-4 minutes or until golden.

Air Fryer

  • Add the sandwich to the air fryer basket. Anchor the sandwich with a trivet (you can use anything that's oven safe) to prevent it moving around in the air fryer.
  • Air fry on 370 degrees for 5 minutes.
  • Open the air fryer fry and flip the sandwich. Air fry on 370 degrees for an additional 3-4 minutes or until crisp.

Pan or Grill Pan Skillet (A cast iron works best)

  • Heat the skillet on medium-high heat. Glaze the pan with olive oil to prevent sticking. Use enough to coat the surface you will be using.
  • Add the sandwich to the pan.
  • Cook both sides for 3-4 minutes each or until crisp.


  • For crunchy bread with fine grill marks you will need oil, such as olive oil or butter.
  • Thick-cut bread works best.
  • Cook in batches if necessary


Serving: 1sandwich | Calories: 396kcal | Carbohydrates: 43g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 15g