Silicon Valley Panini


There’s this food truck, Professor Panini, that parks outside my workplace every now and again for the lunch rush, and I always get the same thing because it’s just so good. They call it the Silicon Valley panini, and it’s made with turkey, bacon, tomato, pesto, avocado, cheddar and American cheese. I know, the combination sounds a little weird, but it’s SO good!

Recently when my boyfriend made some rosemary flatbread, I couldn’t help but recreate this yummy Silicon Valley panini at home!

Makes 1 panini

pesto, to taste
1 thick slice of American cheese
a heaping 1/4 cup of shredded, extra-sharp cheddar cheese
2 slices of tomato
3-4 slices of Boar’s Head turkey, I like Black Forest
3 slices of avocado
2 slices crumbled, cooked bacon
salt and pepper
grated parmesan, optional
fresh chopped parsley, optional
Equipment – panini or sandwich press

Preheat panini press.

Spread desired amount of pesto over the entire flatbread.

Layer cheese over half of the flatbread.


Top cheese with turkey slices, avocado, tomato and bacon. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.


Fold the flatbread in half. Lightly brush both sides with vegetable or olive oil.


Grill on the panini press until golden on both sides.

Cut in half and top with parmesan and parsley. Serve with mac & cheese, salad, or french fries. (Try my last post for Panera’s Mac & Cheese!)

This panini is so filling that I only ever eat half and save the other half for a quick lunch or dinner. :)