Sep 23

Gruyère, Apples & Fig Panini Recipe {Giveaway}


This Gruyère, Apples & Fig Panini Recipe from The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook is an amazing combination of sweet and savory flavors.
Gruyère, Apples & Fig Panini Recipe {Cookbook Giveaway} | #panini #sandwich #vegetarian

It’s like kismet that I’m posting a panini recipe tonight and talking about Kathy Strah‘s new book, The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook. You see, yesterday was my dad’s 70th birthday and, in our family, he is known as The Sandwich King. In other words, this is his kind of book.

One of the hardest things about living so far away from family is that we usually don’t get to give each other “live and in-person” birthday hugs. That just means that we have to catch up ten-fold when we see each other. But even though I’m not there, my dad knows that he means the world to me. He is truly every little girl’s dream of the perfect father…kind, caring, protective (but not overly), funny and supportive. He has always been there to listen and encourage. In fact, he’s always one of the first ones to read my blog posts, emailing me with grammar and spelling corrections – my own personal editor!

Happy Birthday, Dad! I’m saving up plenty of hugs for you.

Let’s move onto this cookbook (scroll down to the bottom for a chance to win a copy). It is one that you are going to want to add to your library, or stock up on a few copies to give to friends and relatives during the holidays. On her blog, Panini Happy, Kathy not only explores panini in every form (think sweet and savory), but she also shows us ingenious ways to use a panini press, such as grilling smashed potatoes.

Gruyère, Apples & Fig Panini Recipe {Cookbook Giveaway} | #panini #sandwich #vegetarian

Her book, filled with fantastic photos that Kathy took herself, follows along the same lines. It’s packed with innovative recipes, playful personal stories and so much gooey goodness that you’ll be salivating just flipping through the pages.

Gruyère, Apples & Fig Panini Recipe {Cookbook Giveaway} | #panini #sandwich #vegetarian

This recipe combines the sweetness of fig preserves, the tartness of Granny Smith apples and the saltiness of Gruyere cheese in one gooey, fantastic package.

I made a couple of changes (reduced the amount of cheese and left off the butter) to reduce the calorie and fat content, but the idea is all Kathy’s, and the flavors are fantastic!

For the serving size, I noted one half sandwich. This is a very hearty sandwich, and a half sandwich would be perfect when accompanied by a kale salad or bowl of vegetable soup.

Note:  I don’t actually own a panini press, but my George Foreman Grill does the trick. I use this grill several times per week for cooking needs.

The recipe:

Heat the panini press to medium-high heat.

For each sandwich: Spread a layer of fig preserves on one side of each piece of bread.

Gruyère, Apples & Fig Panini Recipe {Cookbook Giveaway} | #panini #sandwich #vegetarian

To one slice add cheese and apple slices. Close the sandwich with the other slice of bread.

Gruyère, Apples & Fig Panini Recipe {Cookbook Giveaway} | #panini #sandwich #vegetarian

Grill two panini at a time, with the lid closed, until the cheese is melted and the bread is toasted, 4 to 5 minutes.

Other panini recipes:

Panini Recipes | #panini #sandwich
Cookin’ Canuck’s Grilled Italian Panini with Zucchini, Summer Squash & Basil {Vegetarian}
Cookin’ Canuck’s Turkey, Brie & Cherry Chipotle Panini
Sreelu’s Tasty Travels’ Spicy Garbanzo Panini
The Live-In Kitchen’s Eggplant Panini
Oh My Veggies’ Shiitake Panini with Roasted Asparagus Pesto

The giveaway:

For a chance to win a copy of Kathy’s book, follow the steps in the giveaway widget below. This giveaway is open to residents, ages 18 years or older, of the United States and Canada.

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Gruyère, Apples & Fig Panini Recipe
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Adapted from The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook
Serves: Makes 8 panini halves
  • 8 slices rustic whole-grain bread
  • 4 tbsp fig preserves
  • 4 oz. Gruyère cheese, thinly sliced
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored & thinly sliced
  1. Heat the panini press to medium-high heat.
  2. For each sandwich: Spread a layer of fig preserves on one side of each piece of bread.
  3. To one slice add cheese and apple slices. Close the sandwich with the other slice of bread.
  4. Grill two panini at a time, with the lid closed, until the cheese is melted and the bread is toasted, 4 to 5 minutes.
Calories 195.4 / Total Fat 8.4g / Saturated 3.1g / Cholesterol 15.6mg / Sodium 220.4mg / Total Carbohydrates 22.7g / Fiber 3.6g / Sugar 16.2g / Protein 8.0g / WW (Old Points) 4 / WW (Points+) 5
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ½ panini Calories: 195 cal Fat: Total Fat 8.4g / Saturated Fat 3.1g

Disclaimer: A copy of this cookbook was provided to me for my personal use by The Harvard Common Press. They are also providing a copy for the giveaway.

This post contains links to my Amazon affiliate page. Any revenue made from sales through these links helps to support this blog. Thank you!

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{ 64 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Laura @ The Rookie Cook September 23, 2013 at 6:42 am

I love any kind of panini with cheese and tomatoes!


2 Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats September 23, 2013 at 7:03 am

This sounds amazing! It’s stunning! What a fantastic sandwich!


3 Ali @ Inspiralized September 23, 2013 at 7:20 am

Holy smokes, I want this bad! Yum yum yum…


4 Cori September 23, 2013 at 7:32 am

I love fresh figs, mozzarella and thick cut bacon


5 Kathy - Panini Happy September 23, 2013 at 7:42 am

Thanks so much, Dara!! And I love how you were able to easily adjust the quantities to suit your preferences – that’s the beauty of sandwiches, right? :-) Happy Birthday to your dad!!


6 Emily K September 23, 2013 at 8:31 am

I don’t know. I don’t think I’ve ever had one. Wld love to win so I cks try them.


7 Caitlin F. September 23, 2013 at 8:45 am

Love chicken pesto paninis!


8 Angel September 23, 2013 at 8:56 am

Until I saw this Panini, it was a Panini with mozzarella basil tomato and balsamic vinaigrette but this one looks amazing !!!!


9 Alice // Hip Foodie Mom September 23, 2013 at 9:13 am

Fave kind of panini: the caprese. . but this one looks fabulous! Totally going to try it!!! looks so delicious!


10 Andrea M September 23, 2013 at 9:15 am

my favorite panini is heirloom tomatoes, pesto, goat cheese and bibb lettuce or sprouts


11 Kim Porter September 23, 2013 at 9:20 am

That panini you just posted could quickly become my favorite!


12 Tammy J September 23, 2013 at 9:22 am

sounds yummy! And Happy Birthday to your Dad!


13 Sarah H.P. September 23, 2013 at 9:24 am

My favorite panini is a roasted vegetable panini with gouda!


14 Sandy w September 23, 2013 at 9:30 am

I love any type of grilled cheese with additions of apples, bacon, or tomatoes.


15 Angie | Big Bears Wife September 23, 2013 at 9:39 am

I bet those apples taste amazing in that! Happy Birthday to your Dad too!


16 Jessica Crews September 23, 2013 at 9:47 am

YUM. I’m all about the sweet and savory combo, but I also love a sun-dried tomato + bacon + turkey + cheddar panini. But if I tried this one I think I may have a new favorite….


17 Kari M September 23, 2013 at 10:07 am

I love bacon, sharp cheddar and fresh tomato slices!


18 Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain September 23, 2013 at 10:21 am

I need to get my mitts on her book! And I’m totally craving this sandwich now!


19 Sinikka September 23, 2013 at 10:33 am

this sounds sooo delicious!


20 Vicki @ WITK September 23, 2013 at 10:41 am

This looks so delicious. Say you don’t have a panini press. What would you suggest?


21 Dara (Cookin' Canuck) September 23, 2013 at 11:06 am

Vicki, I actually use a George Forman grill. However, before I bought that grill, I used a skillet and a brick wrapped in foil. Nope, I’m not kidding. The brick mimics the weight of the panini press. You’ll just have to flip the sandwich halfway through cooking.


22 libby September 23, 2013 at 10:51 am

turkey, tomato and cheese is my favorite


23 Anne September 23, 2013 at 10:57 am

My favorite panini involves leftover turkey, swiss cheese, and thinly sliced apples.


24 Laura (Tutti Dolci) September 23, 2013 at 11:02 am

Love these fall flavors!


25 CJ Pillow September 23, 2013 at 11:07 am

I like ham and cheese on sourdough bread.


26 Wendy September 23, 2013 at 11:14 am

Hmmm. If I only had a panni press but that apple sandwich looks delicious that I am going to make it in my frying pan.


27 Jacqueline September 23, 2013 at 11:28 am

My favorite kind of panini so far has been a turkey, bacon, and cheese panini. This one looks good too!


28 Kel September 23, 2013 at 11:40 am

Ham, cheese, and honey mustard – thanks!


29 Lynda M. September 23, 2013 at 12:02 pm

My favorite is Panera’s Smokehouse turkey panini. I would love this book for ideas to make panini’s at home!


30 Barbara September 23, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Goat cheese spread, apple butter, arugula on buttered and salted bread. Yum! But im also a sucker for anything using fig preserves


31 Barbi Jensen September 23, 2013 at 12:16 pm

I don’t know of a favorite Panini…yet! We just purchased a Panini griddle/ press and cant wait to use it! Thanks!


32 vaishali September 23, 2013 at 12:32 pm

chicken pesto


33 Paula - bell'alimento September 23, 2013 at 12:32 pm

I love this panino and the book!


34 Leslie September 23, 2013 at 12:46 pm

I don’t have a favorite panini because I’ve never had one yet


35 Sarah September 23, 2013 at 1:20 pm

I love honey ham, brie, and strawberry jam paninis!


36 Arthur Martin September 23, 2013 at 1:43 pm

Linguica, egg and cheese with caramelized onions for a starter.
Then we could go on from there.


37 Babs September 23, 2013 at 2:10 pm

I love all kinds of paninis, but I do believe my very favorite go-to panini is gruyere, ham and a couple of red onion rings with some zippy mustard. Can’t beat it!


38 Kiran @ September 23, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Love Kathy and her panini creations are so so divine!


39 Regina P. September 23, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Turkey, jam and brie!


40 Marie September 23, 2013 at 3:25 pm

I once had a panini with fresh mozzarella, raspberry jam, fresh rosemary & brown sugar on sourdough and it was the best one I’ve had to this day so I guess that’s my favorite!


41 Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar September 23, 2013 at 3:26 pm

Mmm such an awesome sandwich!


42 Olena@iFOODreal September 23, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Love panini!!! Never get to post them cause we eat them too fast LOL. Great flavours!!!


43 Kathy September 23, 2013 at 3:43 pm

I Love a Panini with portabella mushrooms spinach, tomato and cheese!


44 Shana September 23, 2013 at 3:58 pm

The only kind I’ve ever had was a Rubin.


45 jan September 23, 2013 at 4:27 pm

I LOVE pesto, turkey, roasted tomatoes and swiss cheese


46 Laura September 23, 2013 at 4:51 pm

I love anything with cheese- the more cheese the happier I am. Chicken with Swiss cheese and garlic sauce. Mmm.


47 Holly September 23, 2013 at 5:28 pm

I’ve been eating a variation on the panini you shared today for the last week and just loving anything with figs. Yours looks wonderful!


48 meg September 23, 2013 at 6:52 pm

can’t go wrong with a classic caprese!


49 Heather September 23, 2013 at 8:41 pm

I love a good BLT panini. Yummy!


50 sara September 23, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Bacon, tomato and brie


51 deb September 24, 2013 at 4:56 am

LOVE my panini!


52 Denise B September 24, 2013 at 6:27 am

This panini looks delicious. I love any panini with ham and cheese.


53 Nick @ Bakingbeardy September 24, 2013 at 11:42 am

I have to go for the good old fashioned tuna melt!


54 Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet September 24, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Any kind of meat and cheese panini is what I opt for first when making them!


55 Brianna September 24, 2013 at 1:58 pm

My favorite panini is the CLASSIC caprese! 😀 This however looks fabulous. Must try :)


56 Sarah September 24, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Blackened chicken and brie with honey. So good.


57 Lou September 24, 2013 at 5:22 pm

Grilled extra sharp cheddar and gruyere on pumpernickel.


58 Meryl September 24, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Cheddar, apple, and cinnamon on whole wheat.


59 Dina September 25, 2013 at 1:13 pm

sounds like a yummy sandwich!


60 kesha September 27, 2013 at 9:38 am

I love a Roasted Rosemary Chicken Panini!


61 Stacy September 27, 2013 at 6:50 pm

Love a Panini with marinated eggplant and goat cheese!


62 Deborah September 28, 2013 at 10:36 pm

I am totally loving this flavor combination!


63 Wendy O September 29, 2013 at 7:32 am

The Gruyère, Apples & Fig Panini looks marvelous. That will be my lunch today.


64 Lorene September 29, 2013 at 2:28 pm

My favorite fall panini had fresh roasted turkey, cranberry sauce and cheese. YUM!


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