8.11.2009

A Panini with Apples a Day Keeps the Doctor Away!

I think I love Paninis almost as much as wraps! Wow! How is this possible? Well, it all started earlier today when I got a hankering for apples, oh yes, and more bacon. This got my brain gears turning. I decided a trip to Trader Joe's was in order. I grabbed my basket and headed over to the produce area, grabbed a couple of Granny Smith's. I spotted some corn and that went into the basket as well. Now, on to the bacon. Right beside the bacon I spotted some smoked turkey and then smoked gouda came to mind. It's all kind of muddled from there on out (this can happen at TJ's) and I found myself at the register with a full basket and the makings for this fantastic Panini!



This is what I put into my Panini:
8 pieces of sourdough bread
1 package of smoked maple turkey lunch meat
8 slices of applewood dry cured nitrate free bacon, cooked crisp
1 Granny Smith Apple, thinly sliced
8 slices of smoked Gouda
hot Dijon mustard



Stack all the ingredients between two slices of bread. Place into a Panini press, George Foreman, or griddle (If you use a griddle place a nice heavy cast iron pan on top to press.) and cook until bread is golden brown and cheese is all gooey and melty.

I also wrapped up four ears of corn in a bit of foil and placed them on the grill for about 15 minutes. I topped the corn with butter and Trader Joe's spice blend.



I received a standing ovation from my family for this Panini! It was like a commercial or something! Just kidding! We really did love this though. It was just so full of fabulous flavor. The apple added a terrific crunch.

The corn was a really nice side for the sandwich. I love my corn grilled, it adds such nice flavor.




You know, this Panini would actually be great as a wrap too! Hmm... ;0)

39 comments:

Anja said...

Paninis are great, with apple and corn it sounds splendid.

Denise said...

Paninis rule. what a great combo!

Katy ~ said...

Stop the bus; I want to get off and have one of these! The combination of flavors is just PERFECT!!

The Rambler said...

Oh lordie..that looks delicious!!

I found a recipe that called for granny smith apples, peanut butter and honey. Toast the bread.

This reminded me of it but for the meat lovers this sounds better :)

Always love reading your recipes! Standing ovation here too!

nanny said...

Oh My, that looks like the best panini ever!!!! I dearly love em!!!
You are a genius!!!

Krista said...

Perfect! I love all of these flavors and textures together. The smoky, the sweet, the tart. Yum! I could definitely go for one of these paninis!

mysteryhistorymom said...

Mmmmmm!! I wish I had a panini maker- may have to turn this into a wrap.:) YUM! Lori

girlichef said...

mmmmm...love paninis, too! Looks delicious, I love everything you've put in it!

Kate said...

Great lunch or dinner...I had contemplated using my Foreman grill as I don't have a panini maker. Thanks for the tip about weighting it.

Cathy said...

A great looking sandwich, Kim. I like the combination of smoky gouda and crisp apples. And fresh corn is always a winner.

Chow and Chatter said...

oh what a great idea I love it

doggybloggy said...

oh yeah! what a great pannini - my favorite combo is a nice ripe brie with a crispy granny smith and some black forest ham - this reminded me of that!

Barbara Bakes said...

Lots of great ideas in this post. I really need to try grilled corn! Wish we had a Trader Joe's here.

Susan said...

Your Panini is a winner!!!

Donna-FFW said...

What a fantastic combination.. The gouda, apple, bacon, turkey, dijon...damn delicious!

Katherine Aucoin said...

Wow, now that's my kind od sandwich, I have to try this!

Angie's Recipes said...

Great combination! Paninis are good, they are even better with fruit and corns!

Angie's Recipes

Faith said...

That is one beautiful sandwich! Great combo, I love the turkey/apple/cheese...yum!

Randi Troxell said...

i wouldnt normally do things like this... but i might just like this one.. ya never know!

Juliana said...

Your panini sounds and looks delicious...with apple...never thought about it. I'd love to try it, yummie!

The Blonde Duck said...

I am making this tommorow. With plenty of drool.

Mary said...

How gorgeous is that! What a great combination. You have yet another winner here.

Kathy B! said...

I have never made a panini at home... might have to look into this :)

Megan said...

I love paninis and this is no exception. Bet it would be good with Brie too.

Gaby said...

PANINI'S ARE MY FAVORITE!!!! Love this idea... and your site!

Linda said...

I really like the sound of this combination. I am going to make these for lunch in the next few days...my husband will love them.

Reeni♥ said...

A delicious combo of flavors! Love it!

Faith said...

That is one beautiful sandwich! I love the turkey/apple/gouda combo...yum!

Kristin said...

Ahhhhhhhhhh, need a panini press!

Hummingbird Appetite said...

What a great combination of flavors for a panini! Apples and bacon make it special.

5 Star Foodie said...

This panini sounds fantastic - I love the combo of smoked gouda and apples - yum!!!

♥peachkins♥ said...

Oh wow! Sandwiches with apple,I think this is the ultimate comfort food!

Little Miss Baker said...

THIS IS MY FAVE!!! oh man I am drooolinggggg everywhere now Kim!! jeez

Joanne said...

I love paninis. I actually rare eat regular sandwiches anymore unless they are PB+J. There's just something about toasty bread and melted cheese that can't be beat. I love this combination for a sandwich! I have actually definitely been craving gouda lately...

Connie Weiss said...

That looks (and I bet tastes) fantastic! I desperately want a Panini grill. I think I would love it!

Oh and I'm jealous that you can just pop into a Trader Joe's!

Debbie said...

You are starving me! I love paninis.

Natashya said...

That does look great! Fabulous flavour combos!

valentine said...

huh, i never would have thought to put apple slices on a sandwich. it certainly looks good though

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Pam said...

I'll take one of those beauties ANY day. They look incredible.

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