In Italy, a panino (or panini, in the plural) can refer to a type of roll or a griddled sandwich, but here in America, a panini is always a pressed sandwich that is served warm. Why do I have panini on the brain? Because August is National Panini Month! Since I'm a huge fan of the combination of toasty bread and melted cheese, I've rounded up my favorite panini recipes. You don't necessarily need a special kitchen gadget  to make them; you can simply cook a panini on a skillet or, if it's hot in your neck of the woods, outdoors on the grill.
Avo Spinach Panini
A slice of pepperjack cheese provides a hint of heat in this vegetarian, layered avocado and spinach panini .
Prosciutto, Fontina, and Fig Panini
This recipe  highlights the flavors of Italy by employing classic ingredients such as thinly sliced prosciutto and nutty fontina cheese.
Grilled Fruit Panini With Yogurt Cheese
Who says a panini has to be all meat and cheese? This recipe reinvents the term panini by sandwiching ripe stone fruit in between white bread .
Turkey and Cheese Panini
Basil pesto is the secret ingredient that keeps this turkey and cheese panini  super moist.
Chocolate and Brie Panini
Surprise loved ones with this creative and delicious dessert panini . It's an interesting mix of chocolate, oozing brie, and fresh basil.
There's nothing quite like the comforting duo of ham and cheese . This variation gets added flavor from grainy mustard and caramelized shallots.
Grilled Smoked Salmon Panini With Red Onion Ribbons
Looking for a panini to serve at a brunch? How about this scrumptious sandwich  that stacks smoked salmon with cream cheese, spinach, and capers?
Grilled Chicken and Mozzarella Panini
Incorporate the elements of caprese salad — mozzarella cheese, tomatoes, and basil — into a grilled chicken sandwich , and you've got one satisfying Summer meal.
A buttery croissant replaces the bread in this divine salami panini , created by the queen of Italian cuisine, Giada De Laurentiis.
Prosciutto and Mango Panini
A blend of prosciutto, mango, mint, arugula, and mozzarella, this innovative panini  has it all: it's fruity, salty, crunchy, and downright delicious.