Black Forest Ham, Gruyere and Apple Panini [project #49]

Ham, Gruyere and Apple Paninis

Total Time: 15 minutes

Skill Level: Easy Peasy. Budget: $. Serves: 4 sandwiches


  • 2 apples, sliced thin enough for sandwiching comfort and fit- I have found that my favourite baking apples are Granny Smith and Jonagold (a cross breed between Jonathan and Golden Delicious)
  • 8 oz. ham- pick your favourite- when in doubt venture into the black forrest
  • 1 c. shredded gruyere cheese
  • 8 slices of country style bread, 1/2″ thick*
  • knob of butter- which, I believe, is the old Irish measurement for 1 tbsp. to 2 1/4 tbsp. of butter, which makes it your choice OR mayonnaise (optional to pick one)
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh thyme leaves or 1 tsp. dried thyme (optional)
  • spicy brown mustard – or whatever mustard you prefer



  1. Fire up your panini press, grill pan, cast iron skillet (whatever you use to squish your sandwich into a panini).
  2. Choose your “optionals:” butter and thyme method or mayonnaise method. If choosing the butter & thyme route, heat a skillet to medium heat and melt the butter and add the apple slices and thyme** and sauté to infuse flavour until the apples have softened a bit, about 3-5 minutes. Allow to cool off heat and handle carefully. If using the mayo method, apply mayo to one slice of bread per sandwich.
  3. Assemble with mustard on the bottom slice of bread, facing inwards, then apples, the ham, then gruyere and followed by final bread slice. Panini press the then sandwiches, soon to be paninis until the cheese melts and the bread is crisped golden, about 6 minutes.


*using American flimsy white bread will not hold up to panini pressing, besides it’s not good for you, so you shouldn’t be eating it anyways unless you count it as dessert.

**this idea is Giada’s, the mayonnaise option is my husband’s.


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