Are you looking for a savory way to use those freshly picked apples this fall? A change from sweets like apple fritters and apple crisps? This panini is the perfect twist. With ham, Brie, sliced apples, and a sweet and savory spread, this sandwich is warm, gooey, and comforting. The perfect fall lunch!
I love paninis. Grilling a sandwich takes it from ordinary to extraordinary. The toasted bread, the melting cheese, the warm filling - all this says "comfort".
Ham, Apple, and Brie Panini (with fig and dijon spread)
Bread: I love marble rye for this sandwich, but pumpernickel would be delicious, too.
Ham: I used sliced boneless ham because I had it leftover, but deli ham works fine too!
Cheese: I think Brie pairs nicely with the ham and apple in this panini. I cut thick wedges from a larger wedge of Brie. If you're not familiar with Brie, it is a soft cow's milk cheese that is mild and buttery. Swiss would also be a tasty option in this sandwich.
Apple: Any crisp, fresh apple is delicious in this sandwich. I used a Gala apple.
The spread: I mix together fig preserves and Dijon mustard for a delicious punch of flavor. This spread takes this panini over the top.
Grill: With toasted bread, gooey melted Brie, and slightly warmed ham and apple, this panini is so satisfying it just might be your new favorite fall sandwich!
Let's get right to the recipe...
Ham, Apple, and Brie Panini
- 2 slices rye or pumpernickel bread
- 2 slices boneless ham or 3-4 slices deli ham
- ½ apple, sliced
- 3-4 slices Brie cheese
- 2 tablespoons fig preserves
- 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
- butter, for grilling sandwich
- Preheat grill pan or cast iron skillet over medium heat.
- In a small bowl, mix together fig preserves and Dijon mustard. Spread mixture on both slices of bread. Layer one slice of bread with ham, Brie, and apple. Top with the other slice of bread. Butter the top of the bread and place, butter side down, in the pan. Butter the top slice of bread. Grill 3-5 minutes per side until golden brown and the cheese is melted. Serve immediately.