Smoked Turkey Cubano Panini

Preparation 10 min
Total 2h 15 min
4 Servings

Smoked Turkey Cubano Paninis put a gourmet twist on a lunchtime classic. Fresh dill flavour and tasty turkey on Dempster’s® 100% Whole Grains 12 Grain Bread creates a simple and satisfying grilled sandwich you'll want to enjoy again and again. Serves four.

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  • 8 slices Dempster’s® 100% Whole Grains 12 Grain Bread
  • 2 cups (500 mL) white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) kosher salt
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 8 baby cucumbers, thinly sliced into
  • 1/4-inch (5 mm) rounds
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) roughly chopped fresh dill
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) Dijon mustard
  • 12 slices smoked turkey
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese


  1. In small saucepan, stir together vinegar, sugar, salt and garlic; cook over high heat, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until simmering and sugar is dissolved. Toss cucumbers with dill; transfer to 4-cup (1 L) canning jar. Pour simmering mixture over cucumbers; let cool for 20 minutes. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or up to 2 weeks.
  2. Preheat panini press to medium. Stir mayonnaise with mustard; spread over one side of 4 slices of bread. Top with pickles, turkey and cheese; cap with remaining bread.
  3. Grill for 3 to 5 minutes or until bread is lightly toasted and filling is warm. Serve with additional pickles on the side.

Tip: Toss a pinch of hot pepper flakes with the cucumbers for a touch of heat.