I had some higher priority projects require my attention, so it wasn’t until last night that I tried using a dutch oven as a panini press.
It works. I had to fill the dutch oven with about 3 quarts (3 liters) of water to get both sandwiches compressed. If you cook only one at a time, less water would be needed for “squash duty”.
My wife liked it.
What I did: I put four slices of my homemade sourdough bread on the counter and lightly brushed the top side of each slice with olive oil. I flipped the bread over and spread a thick coat of thousand island salad dressing on each slice of bread. Then on each slice of bread, I added, in order, a thin slice of Swiss cheese, a couple of thin slices of turkey, a piece of cooked bacon that had been broken in half and a leaf of spinach. I then put the bread slices together to make two sandwiches.
To cook them, I put the sandwiches into a skillet that had been heating over medium heat and placed the dutch oven on top of the sandwiches. I cooked each side for about 5 minutes.