Stouffer’s: Three Cheese & Ham Panini review

Well, look at that. A month later, and it’s another Tasty Lie. Still trying to work out the kinks after the big move.  This site will never die, I don’t care what has to be done. I’ll make an effort to dedicate more time to it in the future.

Onto the review! Today we have Stouffer’s Three Cheese and Ham Panini. For those of you that don’t know, panini is French for “fancy sandwich that happens to be grilled.” Oh those French, thinking up words for everything. Now then, we’ve had panini reviews on the site before. Some of them, like Lean Cuisine’s Philly Steak and Cheese Panini were terrible, while their Spinach, Artichoke, and Chicken Panini ended up way better.

How would Stouffer’s turn out, though? Most of their meals tend to do pretty well here, but we’ve never had one of their sandwiches. Let’s get into it.

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First of all, this sandwich looks jam-packed with the goods. I see lots of ham and cheese, and wouldn’t have it any other way. It also looks layered. Ham, cheese, ham, cheese, ham. I don’t expect it to actually look like that in the real version, but that would be pretty sweet. The bread is nicely toasted, and pretty thick. What they want you to believe, is that this is the perfect ham and cheese sandwich. Is it, though?

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This is more of what I was expecting, though not a bad thing. It’s a mish mash of ham and melted cheese. Before I go any further, let me proclaim my love for melted cheese. It’s probably the best ingredient in anything, ever. There’s a lot of it on this thing, too. That makes me hopeful. But let’s slap this thing together and make a sandwich of it.

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Alright, well, here’s the thing. It looks good, it really does. It doesn’t look as good as the box, and that was never going to happen. That’s fine, though. There’s an abundance of cheese on this sandwich. The downside is, look how shiny that bread is. That’s grease. All of that cheese leads to a lot of grease, which is unfortunate.

The taste is what’s important, though. It’s not the greatest, but it’s not the worst. This panini is pretty middle of the road. The cheese is good, but greasy. The ham is good, but tastes a little too hammy, if that makes sense. The bread wasn’t hard or dried out, but had too much grease on it. So, while it wasn’t a bad sandwich…It just wasn’t particularly delicious.

Rating: ★★½☆☆

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