Ham-and-Cheese Panini

4 sandwiches

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


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 4 cups thinly sliced shallots

  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme

  • ¼ cup grainy Dijon mustard

  • 8 slices rustic white bread, sliced ½-inch thick

  • 8 slices Gruyere cheese

  • 8 ounces sliced cooked ham


  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.

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