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Apple and Cheese Panini

A Havarti and Apple Panini That's Perfect For Everyone in the Family

The following post was originally featured on Eat Drink Garden and written by Valerie Rice, who is part of POPSUGAR Select Food.

With our insane Fall schedules — school, sports, music, and our social calendar (my personal favorite) — in full swing, our panini maker has been getting a little more action. Wait, technically I'm the panini maker and we won't be discussing my action status, but I will tell you what a great tool my sandwich press is for these busy days.

This sandwich is a current favorite in the panini rotation. It does a great job of celebrating Fall flavors — crisp apples, Havarti cheese, and a little touch of Dijon — and it makes for a quick and easy meal that everyone likes. Yes, please! (In case anyone was asking, the grown-ups like to pair this with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc.)

Feel free to switch up the type of cheese depending on what you have or what your family likes. This sandwich is a great chance to branch out of your comfort zone. Havarti is approachable to many picky palates, tastes great, and melts beautifully.

The Dijon adds a really nice tang without being overly Dijon-y, if you know what I mean. Add in some crisp slices of apples, and you are ready to go. Our little one has a wheat allergy, so we usually use this bread from Canyon Bakehouse. It's the best we've tried in the GF rotation, and I like the ingredient list (no GMOs scores big points). I find it at Whole Foods.

Back to the apples . . . years back Santa stuffed this hand mandoline into my stocking, and it's been love ever since. (With the slicer, my love for Santa goes back way further than that.) I use it all the time for things like making zucchini lasagna or radishes for this Fall salad. It's the perfect tool when you want/need uniform slices. If you don't have one, tell Santa! It now comes with a fancy julienne blade as well.

Did you also know that your waffle maker subs as a panini press? When we want to make a boatload of sandwiches, the waffle maker works side by side with the panini press with stellar results.

Havarti and Apple Paninis

Havarti and Apple Paninis


While waiting for your panini press or waffle maker to heat up, slice your apples, cheese, melt your butter, and yes, pour yourself a glass of that Sauvignon Blanc.

Apple and Cheese Panini


  1. 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  2. 8 pieces of bread
  3. 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard (optional)
  4. Havarti cheese (about half a bar), thinly sliced (you'll need about 6-8 thin slices per sandwich)
  5. 2 Fuji or Granny Smith apples, thinly sliced


  1. Set your panini press to 375°F or your waffle maker to 7, and wait until it indicates that it is heated.
  2. Brush the melted butter on what will be the outside of the sandwich. On the inside spread about 1/2 teaspoon Dijon to each slice. Add about 3 thin slices of Havarti, layer with about three slices of apples, and follow with another layer of cheese (the cheese is your glue that holds it all together). Put the top slice of bread on, and place sandwich in the panini or waffle maker, toasting until dark golden brown (wait for this coloring because it makes it crunchy and delicious).
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