Waffle Iron Turkey Melt Panini

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Recipe: #35213

July 04, 2020

Categories: Waffles

"Gooey on the inside, and crispy crevices on the outside! What's not to love?"

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (163.4 g)
  • Calories 304.2
  • Total Fat - 19.5 g
  • Saturated Fat - 7.6 g
  • Cholesterol - 49.9 mg
  • Sodium - 1426.8 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 12.5 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 3 g
  • Sugars - 5.9 g
  • Protein - 19.5 g
  • Calcium - 311.4 mg
  • Iron - 0.7 mg
  • Vitamin C - 8.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Preheat a waffle iron with 4 compartments to high.

Step 2

Place a paper towel on a microwave safe plate. Arrange the bacon on paper towel; cover with an additional paper towel. Microwave the bacon at high for 4 minutes or until done. (This is to conserve time, if you want to cook it in the oven you can, it will just add time to the recipe).

Step 3

Combine the mayonnaise and mustard in a small bowl. Spread about 1 1/4 teaspoons mayonnaise mixture over each bread slice.

Step 4

Divide the bacon, turkey, apple slices, and cheese evenly among 4 bread slices; top with the remaining bread slices, spread side down.

Step 5

Lightly coat both sides of sandwiches with the cooking spray. Place 1 sandwich in each compartment of the waffle iron; close the waffle iron firmly on the sandwiches. Place a heavy skillet on top of the waffle iron to help flatten the sandwiches evenly. Cook 3 to 4 minutes or until golden brown and the cheese melts.


No special items needed.

Editorial Notes

The ingredient tips, suggestions, variations, facts, questions and answers below are not edits to the original author's recipe. They are not meant to imply any change would improve the recipe. They're offered for convenience, alternative ideas, and points of interest. If you have any comments about them, please post in the Help & Ideas forum.

  • For the bacon, center-cut bacon is best as it has less fat and fewer calories than regular bacon.
  • For the turkey, use unsalted deli turkey like Boar's Head, as it is unprocessed and has a better flavor.

  • Substitute chicken for turkey for a leaner protein option. The benefit of this substitution is that it provides a lower-fat option for the recipe, making it a healthier choice.
  • Substitute cheddar cheese for colby-jack cheese for a more intense flavor. The benefit of this substitution is that it adds a more intense flavor to the recipe, making it more flavorful and enjoyable.

Veggie Melt Panini Replace the bacon, turkey, and cheese with 8 ounces of sliced mushrooms, 4 ounces of sliced zucchini, 4 ounces of sliced yellow squash, and 4 ounces of shredded mozzarella cheese. Spread 1 1/4 teaspoons of olive oil over each bread slice instead of the mayonnaise mixture. Cook in the waffle iron according to the instructions.

Roasted Sweet Potatoes - Roasted sweet potatoes are the perfect side dish to this hearty panini. They are packed with vitamins and minerals and are a great source of fiber. Roasting them brings out their natural sweetness, and they pair perfectly with the savory flavors of the sandwich.

Sauteed Green Beans: Sauteed green beans are a great accompaniment to this panini. They are low in calories and a good source of vitamins A and C. Sauteing them with garlic and olive oil brings out their flavor and adds a nice crunch to the sandwich. Plus, they're a great way to add some extra veggies to the meal.


Q: How do I cook the bacon?

A: You can either cook it in the oven or in the microwave. To conserve time, the recipe suggests microwaving the bacon at high for 4 minutes or until done.

Q: What is the best way to store bacon?

A: Bacon should be stored in the refrigerator and eaten within one week. For longer storage, wrap the bacon in a freezer-safe bag and freeze it for up to one month.

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Fun facts:

Fun Fact #1: The waffle iron was invented by Cornelius Swartwout in 1869. He was a stove manufacturer from Troy, New York. He was also the first to patent the waffle iron.

Fun Fact #2: The first known instance of someone eating a turkey sandwich was in 1762, when Benjamin Franklin wrote a letter to his friend, John Bartram, about his lunch of "a turkey-wing and a piece of bread".