Ham and Cheese Panini with Apples...BOOM!
Adapted from The Food Network
Damn! Look at that Ham and Cheese Panini! I mean who wouldn't like to sink their teeth into that bad boy? A few ingredients (and a brick lol) is all you need to start chowing down on this toasted treat.
How to make a ham and cheese panini
The first thing we need to do is slice up some apples. Then, we'll chop some thyme. It makes for a pretty solid combination...I must say.
I’m allergic to apples (wait...WHAT?) but being that the skin was removed and the apples were cooked, I SURVIVED! 🙂
Next, throw them in a preheated pan with butter. Cook and stir until the apples are slightly soft.
While you prepare your bread, preheat your panini press, or in my case, my Lodge Cast Iron Griddle. Spread each bread slice with 1 tablespoon mustard.
I used a nice Country-style Whole Wheat, but you can use whatever bread you want.
Now, START STACKING! First, start with my favorite part...CHEESE!! It’s up to you how cheesy you want your panini to be, but go ahead and layer it with some cheese.
After that, add your preferred ham. I used a Virginia ham, but again, you can use any ham you'd like.
Next, once the apples are cooked, go ahead and add them on top of the ham.
Finally, let's finish it off with some more cheese.
I sprinkled a little olive oil on top of the bread to keep it from sticking.
Now comes the finishing touch (and the best part). I wrapped a brick in tin foil and used it as a weight to keep on top of the panini. I mean, you can't really have a panini without those pressed lines in the bread, can you?
This 4.5" x 9" paver did just the trick!
Nothing like a brick-pressed panini for dinner. Enjoy!
Tools I used in this recipe:
- Lodge Cast Iron Griddle
- J.K. Adams Reversible Butterfly Carving Board
- Misen Chef's Knife
- KP Kitchen Measuring Cups/Spoons