food network picked apples to feature for summerfest this week it seemed a perfect choice. apples are such a quintessential fall fruit but are actually ripe and delicious in late summer. when choosing a recipe i decided i was not quite ready for apple desserts as i am grabbing every bit of summer fruit that i can (peaches, please don't leave me yet!), but apple, fennel and cheddar cheese paninis would be perfect for this time of year.
i have a panini press so these sandwiches are easy and quick to make whenever i want. if you don't have a panini maker you can also make this as more of a classic grilled cheese...either way works.
|all photos courtesy peter padoven|
4 slices whole wheat bread
sweet hot mustard
1 medium granny smith or jazz* apple, cored and thinly sliced (about 1/4 inch)
1/2 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
4 slices extra sharp cheddar cheese
spread about a tablespoon of mustard on each slice of bread. layer 2 slices of cheese on top of the mustard on one slice of bread. add a row of sliced apples and one of fennel slices over the cheese. top with another slice of bread, mustard side covering the fennel. repeat steps with remaining 2 slices of bread.
follow the directions on your panini press to grill the 2 sandwiches. cut in half and serve immediately. (if you are making grilled cheese sandwiches, spread butter or olive oil on the outside of each slice of bread. grill in a skillet until each side is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
happy transition everyone!
here are some other apple recipes you may enjoy:
purple cabbage slaw
roasted apple and caramelized onion soup
apple and pear crisp
caramel apple pie
summerfest. simply leave your apple tip or recipe or favorite links in the comments below, and then go visit food network and do the same same. be sure to check out the delicious sounding recipes from the other participating bloggers:
Jeanette's Healthy Living: Gluten-Free Jewish Apple Cake
Virtually Homemade: Apple Pie Muffin
Chez Us: Baked Apples With Creme Anglaise
Daily*Dishin: Easier-than-Pie Creamy Apple Bake
Made by Michelle: Pear Apple Crisp
From My Corner of Saratoga: Spiced Apple Dutch Baby
Thursday Night Dinner: Apple Bread Pudding
Devour: 7 Apple Desserts Beyond Pie
Healthy Eats: Marrying the Apple With New Flavors
FN Dish: Let's Go Apple Picking
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What a delish combo~~
thank you vianney. hope you try the panini
I love that you used apples in your panini, and the addition of cheddar and fennel is brilliant!
I love the idea of fennel and apple in a panini.
thanks denise and jeanette! i have made the apple and cheese version for years...i just started adding the fennel...now my new favorite! (btw, your baked apples and gluten free apple cupcakes look amazing) love working at food network with you guys for #summerfest
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