Last weekend, Dallan and I were watching Foodnetwork when we spotted a Gruyere, Ham and Granny Smith Apple Panini. It was craving at first sight. I HAD to have a Gruyere and Granny Smith Panini in my mouth (yesterday), so I drove down to Fresh & Easy and purchased some Panini Fixin’s. Thyme, check. French Bread, check. Apples, check. Gruyere Cheese, check. Ham (for Dallan), check. Is this list going on forever?, check.
The sandwich lived up to my expectations and, unfortunately, I have craved it every day this week. Drat! Give this recipe a try and tell me you don’t crave it too.
GRUYERE, HAM & APPLE PANINI
- 1 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter
- 1-2 Granny Smith Apples: peeled, cored and cut in to 1/4 inch thick slices (I only use one apple and it is more than enough for 2 sandwiches)
- 1/2-1 Tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
- French Bread: cut into 1/2 inch thick slices
- Gruyere Cheese (shred 1-2 cups or cut into thin slices)
- Whole Grain or Dijon Mustard (Optional)
- 4-8 Slices of good Ham (Optional)
- Panini Press (if you don’t have a Panini Press then make these Grilled Cheese style)
In a 12-inch skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the apple slices and thyme. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples are slightly soft, about 4 minutes. (SIDE NOTE: I kept my apples slightly undercooked because I wanted them on the bitter/crispier side)
Preheat a panini press (Medium Heat). Spread each bread slice with mustard. Place cheese on one slice of bread, top with apple mixture and ham (I left the ham off and it was still delicious). Cover with the remaining slice of bread. Grill in the panini press until the cheese has melted and the tops are golden and crispy, about 5 to 6 minutes.