I remember reading a recipe a while back that was very similar to this one. I think it might have been a Williams Sonoma recipe book, but I’m not 100% sure. At the time, I thought I would never make it because I didn’t have a panini maker. Since then, I bought an inexpensive one but never, ever used it. In fact, I got rid of it when we moved last year.
Of course, you don’t need dedicated panini makers to make a panini. I actually don’t like ‘single purpose’ appliances and gadgets and try to avoid them whenever possible anyway, so why I bought one in the first place is a mystery to me. But I digress.
This is a perfect lunch dish for this time of year and is a great way to use up any apples you might have. I don’t know about you, but we go apple picking not because we actually like apples, but because it’s just a nice thing to do, especially with kids in tow. But then we’re faced with a few pounds of the stuff and struggling with what to do with them.
Ham & Cheese Apple Butter Panini
Sturdy bread, such as sourdough or farmer bread
White Cheddar, sliced thinly
Apple, sliced thinly
Cut bread approximately 1/4″ thick and smear with butter
Lay butter sides down and begin building your sandwich
On one side, smear on apple butter as generously as you like. I used about 2 tablespoons.
Place 2-3 slices of ham and a few thin slices of cheese
Place about 2-3 slices of apple on top, close up the sandwich and place on lined griddle that has been preheated over medium-medium high (or panini maker)
If you’re not using a panini maker, place a heavy object (brick covered in foil or heavy pan) on top of sandwich. After about 1-2 minutes, lower heat and cook for another minute or so. Turn sandwich over (again, if not using panini maker) and increase heat slightly and repeat.
The key to this sandwich is making sure the cheese melts, which is why it’s important to lower the heat after the grill marks are made. If you don’t do that you’ll end up with a burnt sandwich.
Apple Butter is readily available at most groceries these days, but if you want to make your own here’s a super easy recipe!
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