This apple cheddar panini sandwich is a fun twist on the classic grilled cheese sandwich. Perfect lunch for a Fall day!
Rise and Shine, it’s Monday time! That means put on your
yoga big girl pants and get. it. done. But first, let’s reminisce about the weekend. ‘Twas so long ago..
Saturday was a gorgeous so un-typical November day since it was about 60 degrees out. I don’t think we’re in the ‘Shire anymore. Before heading out I had a one gal party sesh in my bathroom to sneak in some extra cardio and work on my selfies while getting ready. PS, turn your straightener OFF before belting out Mariah Carey into it. Lesson learned.
I then took advantage of the day by strolling through the trails at a local park before it enters the next ice age. I of course followed it up with a grocery trip where I hoarded produce from the discount rack. Bananas, acorn squash, apples, and my first try of Uniq fruit.
Since I had never heard of it before, a google search was in need where I found out it’s alter-ego is Ugli fruit. I can see why it went and got a name change. It’s a tough life growing up being known as the Ugli fruit. “You’re not ugli fruit, you’re…..uniq.”
I sliced into one to have with breakfast on Sunday morning. Google told me it was a cross between a grapefruit, and orange, and a tangerine. Sounds like a mutt fruit if you ask me. What I discovered was that it tasted a lot like an unripe orange. Nothing to rave about, but another foodie adventure to cross off the list. Now if I could only find a kabocha squash around here…
After celebrating my baby cousin Sophia’s birfday I had my own celebrating with a genius sandwich idea. If you’re from New England you may be familiar with where I got my inspiration for it.
Up in these northern parts we like to pair our slice of apple pie with a slice of cheddar instead of a dollop of ice cream. I talk like this is normal, but in reality I’ve never even had the combo. Give me the ice cream, cheese belongs on a pizza pie not an apple.
In any sense, I thought I would see what all the fuss was about by trying it in a sandwich form. In honor of my good friend Kay-ran’s favorite quote..”A pie without cheese is like a hug without a squeeze.”
- ¼ apple, sliced thin (I used cortland)
- 1 oz reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese
- 2 slices rye bread
- cinnamon, to taste
- Cut apple into thin slices.
- Top one slice of bread with apple slices and then cheese.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon, and top with other slice of bread.
- Grill in panini press, or in a skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat until golden brown on each side ~ 1 minute per side.
Deglutify: Replace rye bread with GF bread.
This panini literally taste like a slice of autumn on a plate. Call it my New England blood, but the apple and cheddar combo just works, and the cinnamon adds the perfect touch of sweetness to balance it all out. I was thinking that a few of these cut into bite sizes would make a perfect addition to a fall brunch to serve with some mulled cider.
Good to the last bite.
Have a great Monday!!
PS: Check out my featured post on the Stone Soup blog by Food & Nutrition Magazine on “How to Stay Sane and Save Money this Thanksgiving”. Your bank account and sanity will thank me.
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Have you ever had cheese with apple pie?
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