Fried Ham, Cheddar and Apple Panini


When fall comes around, you want to use apples in as many ways possible while they’re deliciously in season. This panini features a classic ham and cheddar combo, enhanced with the special addition of sweet apples. I used Honeycrisp apples in this version, but a more tart apple like a Granny Smith will work as well. When choosing a deli ham, look for varieties that aren’t sweetened with honey or maple.

Prep Time: 5 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Total Time: 15 min

Servings: 1

6-8 slices of deli ham (add more if you want a heftier sandwich)
Cheddar cheese, sliced
½ apple, cored and thinly sliced
2 slices bread
½ tablespoon butter

1. Heat panini press to approximately 375˚F.
2. Melt butter in a frying pan.

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3. Place ham slices in the pan when butter is melted. Cook until browned (about 4 minutes), flipping them over halfway through.

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4. While the ham cooks, thinly slice your apple. The thin slices will release some of the apple’s juices to keep your panini from getting soggy.

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5. Layer fried ham, cheddar and apple slices onto your bread. Top with other slice of bread.

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6. Press the sandwich in the panini maker for 3-5 minutes, until bread starts to brown.

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