The second sandwich in our Panini Week combines the saltiness of ham and swiss with the tartness of Dijon mustard and the sweetness of Granny Smith apples. Sandwiched between two pieces of golden, crunchy rye bread, and you have a craveable flavor bomb that will satisfy any appetite!
TIP: You can use whichever type of bread you prefer, but I highly recommend trying a variation of rye bread with this panini. The flavor can’t be beat! The sandwich in the photos are made with Jewish Rye.
TIP: Put your cheese slices next to the bread. This way, the heat penetrates easily and melts the cheese thoroughly. Nothing like ooey, gooey, melty cheese on your hot panini!
Ham, Swiss, Dijon, and Granny Smith Apple Paninis
Crusty bread (I recommend Rye bread)
Roasted ham, sliced
Swiss cheese, sliced
Granny Smith apple, thinly sliced
Butter, room temperature
Preheat your skillet (or panini press) over medium heat.
Spread butter on the outsides of each piece of bread. Flip the bread over and spread a thin layer of mayonnaise on the insides of each piece of bread.
Build your sandwich on one side: sliced cheese, sliced ham, a generous squeeze of Dijon, and a layer of apple slices. Place the second piece of bread on top with the mayo on the inside and the butter on the outside.
If using a skillet:
Place the entire sandwich butter-side down in preheated skillet. Allow it to toast until the cheese is starting to get gooey and the bottom piece of bread is golden brown and crunchy. Carefully flip the sandwich over and toast the second piece of bread to golden brown, as well.
Once both sides are golden and crunchy and the cheese is melted, pull off the heat. Slice in half and serve immediately.
If using a panini press:
Once your panini press is fully preheated and ready, place the entire sandwich butter-side down and close the top. Allow it to toast until the cheese is starting to get gooey and both sides of bread are golden brown and crunchy. Watch it carefully to ensure it doesn’t burn.
Once it’s finished, remove the sandwich from the panini press. Slice in half and serve immediately.