This Gruyère, Apples & Fig Panini Recipe from The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook is an amazing combination of sweet and savory flavors.
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.
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.
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!
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.
To one slice add cheese and apple slices. Close the sandwich with the other slice of bread.
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:
Gruyère, Apples & Fig Panini Recipe
- 8 slices rustic whole-grain bread
- 4 tablespoons fig preserves
- 4 ounces Gruyère cheese thinly sliced
- 1 Granny Smith apple cored & thinly sliced
- 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.
- To one slice add cheese and apple slices. Close the sandwich with the other slice of bread.
- Grill two panini at a time, with the lid closed, until the cheese is melted and the bread is toasted, 4 to 5 minutes.
Disclosure: 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.