Prosciutto & Fontina Panini with Arugula

Recipe By: Calphalon Team  -  Originally Published: 5/15/2012


Upgrade your standard ham and cheese sandwich with flavorful cheese, peppery arugula and fresh prosciutto.  Adding a slice of pear can also add a hint of sweetness.

  • Servings: Serves 1
  • Prep Time: Less than 15 Minutes
  • Cook Time: Less than 15 Minutes
  • Level: Beginner
  • Course: Appetizer; Entrée


2 slices good quality, European-style bread, about 1/2-in. thick

2 - 4 slices Fontina or Swiss cheese, medium thickness

small bunch of arugula or spinach, washed and dried

2 - 3 slices very thin prosciutto (or enough to cover each slice of bread)

extra-virgin olive oil​


Preheat a panini grill on the "Medium" setting. 

While the grill is preheating, assemble the panini. 

Place the Fontina or Swiss cheese on the bread, being sure to cover the surface, followed by a few leaves of arugula or spinach. 

Next, add a layer of prosciutto and another layer of cheese followed by the remaining slice of bread. 

Brush each side of bread with a light coating of olive oil. 

When the panini grill "Ready" light is illuminated, place the panini on the grill, lower the top grill and toast for about 3 - 5 minutes (check the panini after 2 minutes for doneness, continue to toast if necessary) 

Remove with a nylon spatula and serve warm.