Ham, Gruyere and Apple Panini

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 27 min
  • Prep: 12 min
  • Inactive: 5 min
  • Cook: 10 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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2 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature

2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and cut into 1/4-inch thick slices

1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves 

8 (1/2-inch) thick slices country-style white bread

1/2 cup whole-grain mustard

2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Gruyere

8 slices (8-ounces) Black Forest ham


Special equipment:
a panini press
  1. In a 12-inch skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the apple slices and thyme. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the apples are slightly soft, about 4 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes. 
  2. Preheat a panini press. Spread each bread slice with 1 tablespoon mustard. Arrange 1/4 cup of cheese on each of 4 bread slices and top with 2 slices of ham. Divide the apple mixture evenly on top of the ham. Add the remaining cheese and cover with the remaining 4 bread slices. Grill in the panini press until the cheese has melted and the tops are golden and crispy, about 5 to 6 minutes.