One of my favorite combinations is apple and cheddar cheese. When I make apple pie, I usually top it with a slice of cheese. It’s really good! I also like to put some cooked apples over toast with shredded cheddar cheese. That’s yummy too!
Yesterday, Carlo and I bought some Cameo apples at the Union Square Greenmarket. I never tried them before, but thought they were worth a try after reading the description of them. They looked really good, smelled sweet and were huge in comparison with other apples I’ve seen.
Cameo apples, discovered in Washington State, are a cross between Red Delicious and Golden Delicious. They work well as cooking apples, just like Granny Smith, but less tart. I may try them in a pie in the future.
As a bridal shower gift, I was given a Mario Batali Panini Grill Pan and Press. I had yet to use it until this morning. I decided that I wanted to make something for breakfast with the apples. What a great opportunity to use the panini press!! Hence, my creation of the Apple Pie Cheedar Panini was born.
Here is the recipe below. It’s for 4 sandwiches, but I only made 2 this morning. So it can easily be modified.
- 8 slices of your favorite bread (I used stone ground whole wheat)
- 1 Cameo apple, peeled, cored, then chopped (I personally like to keep the peel on)
- 1/2 to 1 cup of shredded Cheddar cheese (depends on how cheesy you want it)
- 1/8 cup of sugar (I used equal amount of Splenda)
- 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons of butter at room temperature
- Cooking spray
- Mix together the cinnamon and sugar
- Toss cinnamon sugar with the apples
- Lightly grease pan with cooking spray and place on stove
- Let pan get warm before placing 4 slices of the bread on it
- Top each slice of bread with 1/8th of the shredded cheese
- Top each with 1/4th of the apple mixture and 1/4 tablespoon of butter
- Add the remaining cheese to each, before placing down the top slices.
- Spread the remaining butter upon each top slice of bread
- Lightly sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on top slices
Even if you don’t have a panini press, you can make this just like a regular grilled cheese in a pan with a spatula or on a griddle.