Campfire Spicy Italian Meats Panini

by Lauren

Chris and I just didn’t get enough camping in on our seven week road trip so we decided to go do some desert camping this weekend in Joshua Tree.

Feel free to scroll through the slideshow of our pictures below and then keep scrollin’ on down to see what deliciousness we had for dinner!


We had quite a nice little weekend away but really, what’s camping without some grub?

This tasty dinner we had helped nourish our systems before the long hikes we did on Saturday!

This is basically a tasty Italian spin on a classic American hot sandwich.

The salty Italian meats, whole grain mustard, spicy peppers and melty cheese were SO perfect.

I really wouldn’t blame you if you ate two of them…I wish I could have!

These were so simple. Just wrap them up in foil and throw them over the coals in the fire pit.

Then set a rock on top to get the squish factor and voila!

If you don’t have a fire pit or heavy rocks nearby then a grill pan, stove and a hefty brick will work just fine too.

They turned out just right with a crispy outside and gooey center.

These would make a great super simple fall dinner for the whole family! They are very customizable so even the pickiest of eaters can tailor the panini to their liking.

Spicy Italian Meats Panini

Adapted from The Chew


2 subs or ciabatta rolls

4 oz. capocolla, rosamarino, Genoa salami, prosciutto or a combination of any of these, thinly sliced

4 slices provolone cheese, thinly sliced

1/4 cup sliced peppercinis chopped

1/4 cup whole grain mustard

Other optional toppings: pickles/relish, roasted red peppers, tomatoes, tapenade/olives


Pile the toppings onto the bread. Wrap in foil and place over hot coals in a barbeque or fire pit, or onto a grill pan on the stove. Place a heavy brick or rock on top and cook 4-5 minutes on each side.

Little Yellow Note: Instead of buying an expensive large package of fancy Italian meats, hit up your local deli and have them thinly slice just enough meats and cheese for your sandwich needs!

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7 Comments to “Campfire Spicy Italian Meats Panini”

  1. Love the idea of using a rock and it’s perfect how the grill gives the panini lines … I bet it was even tastier than out of a panini press!

  2. I love this! I went hiking and repelling in Joshua Tree when I was in college (Azusa Pacific) and this is exactly what I WISH I had eaten! Love it, and love Joshua Tree, so beautiful =)

  3. I just ate dinner…but now I am hungry for a panini! :) Wow, that looks absolutely delicious. And very clever use of the rock to help get the grill marks. Brilliant!

  4. Lauren

    Oh yes, way better than a panini press! :)

  5. Lauren

    How fun! I saw so many people repelling and I kept wishing I had the guts to do it. It looks like it would be so fun but heights and I don’t really get a long. Eek!

  6. Lauren

    Haha thanks Jean! The rock definitely does the trick :)

  7. Love the panini idea! It’s definitely time for another camping trip!

    What platform do you girls blog from!? I love the photo album! Where did you find it?