I love making a new recipe out of leftovers. Especially when I’m feeling broke (right after pay-day)! This recipe made use of everything I already had in the house. I just needed to whip up some caramelized onions first.
Here’s what I said about this back in 2012:
I’m not a huge fan of BBQ sauce and cheese, as I explained to my dad earlier this evening. As such (for me) the sandwich was good but not outstanding. The pork was still spectacular. The next time I make this recipe (and I would make it again), I would add more cheese and cut down on the pork and onions a bit. That way I could minimize the BBQ flavor and maximize the cheese! A little salt and pepper may go a long way to add flavor to this sandwich as well.
In 2019, I recreated this recipe using some leftover Kalua Pig. I layered thick slices of muenster on each piece of bread, topped one of the pieces with pork and then onion and then topped that with the remaining cheese/bread slice. My panini press is a pan with diagonal ridges that would give a steak a nice faux grill mark if you were making a steak; it comes with a heavy lid that you use to press down on your sandwich. It pretty much turned out just like a grilled cheese sandwich. A super yummy, cheesy, melty pork and onion grilled cheese panini.
- leftover BBQ Pulled Pork or Kalua Pig or Pork Carnitas (or any leftover shredded pork you have on hand); cold pork is fine
- Caramelized Onions
- fast melting cheese, such as muenster or fontina
- Layer cheeses, onions, pulled pork and more cheese on one slice of bread, top with other slice of bread.
- Butter both outsides of the bread slices and place in a preheated Panini press or George Forman grill (or make as you would a grilled cheese sandwich, if you have neither).
- Remove from the Panini press when bread is golden brown and cheese has melted. Cut in half, if desired. Serve immediately.