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Ham-and-Cheese Panini

This ham-and-cheese panini is a delicious and filling sandwich sure to please the whole family.

  • Yield: Makes 4 sandwiches
Ham-and-Cheese Panini

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, December Fall 2008

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 4 cups thinly sliced shallots
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup grainy Dijon mustard
  • 8 slices rustic white bread, sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 8 slices Gruyere cheese
  • 8 ounces sliced cooked ham

Directions

  1. Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium-low heat; add shallots. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 10 minutes. Add thyme and continue cooking until onions are caramelized, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

  2. Spread 1 1/2 teaspoons mustard on one side of a slice of bread. Top with a slice of cheese, 2 ounces ham, 1/4 of the shallot mixture, and another slice of cheese. Spread 1 1/2 teaspoons mustard on a second slice of bread and place mustard side down on top of cheese to form a sandwich. Repeat process three times with remaining mustard, bread, cheese, ham, and shallots.

  3. Brush top and bottom of each sandwich with olive oil. Place in a panini grill and press until bread is crisp and brown, and cheese has melted slightly, 9 to 10 minutes. If using a grill pan, preheat over medium-high heat. Place a heavy pan on top of sandwiches and press down. Cook, turning once, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Cut sandwiches in half and serve immediately.

Reviews (1)

  • Vanessa01 29 Sep, 2010

    Do you want to make it even more yummy? For this recipe I prefer Iberico ham, you might find it also as jamon iberico. I know it is expensive but the trick is to buy the foreleg called shoulder or paleta rather than the ham (backleg). Paleta or shoulder is much cheaper and for sandwiches, pittas, rolls and ?

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