Apple and Cheddar Panini with Cherry Glaze


One day last week, I looked up from my computer after having worked all morning and discovered I was famished. I’m not usually one to forget meals, but I was in the midst of an interesting project. You know how it is. Your head is filled with plans and details and THE BIG PICTURE and before you know it, your keyboard is looking mighty tasty.


Imagine my dismay when I got to the kitchen and realized we had no leftovers or salad ingredients or any of the normal lunch foods I eat. I felt like a traveler who just realized she left left her souvenir five-pound rock at the bus stop with no chance of retrieving it – kind of … empty.

(And yes, I actually did do that once on a family vacation. When I was nine.)



After scrounging around a little more, I found a few slices of bread, an abundance of cheese (always on hand), cherry jam (my favorite), and a Granny Smith apple that had once seen moderately acceptable days. Together? Lunch perfection.


Apple and Cheddar Panini with Cherry Glaze

  Prep Time: 5 minutes

  Cook Time: 5 minutes

  Keywords: grill entree sandwich vegetarian cheese

Ingredients (1 sandwich)

  • 2 slices whole grain bread
  • 1/2 apple, sliced very thin (choose a tart apple, e.g. Granny Smith)
  • 1 oz. sharp cheddar, sliced thin
  • 1 tablespoon cherry jam


Preheat panini press. Top one slice of bread with apple and cheddar slices. Spread cherry jam on other slice of bread. Press slices together.

When panini press is hot, place sandwich in press and allow to cook for 5 minutes, or until bread is toasted. Remove and enjoy immediately.

Note: If not using panini press, can toast sandwich in nonstick skillet over medium heat for 3 minutes a side. If using a regular skillet, add cooking spray or 1 teaspoon canola oil to prevent sticking.

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Q: What do you do when you’re famished and there’s nothing in sight?


  1. Looks scrumptious! I think my plan B meals always involve rice 😉

  2. oh what a fabulous sandwich! I could imagine how well these flavors go together!

  3. Ah! How brilliant. Usually those empty fridge moments lead me to the grocery store (starving and grumpy). This sandwich, however, looks like it could be served at a charming french bistro! Thank yo so much for sharing!

  4. Totally brilliant, Jessie. 🙂 always been a fan of the apple and cheese idea, but the cherry glaze makes it sounds *sophisticated* haha 😉 We’re hosting a brunch at our home this week, so this is kind of inspirational. My brain has gone off on a lead to conjure up tasty breakfast ideas involving apples and cheese. 🙂 possibly cherry glaze, but we’ll see :p

    1. Thanks, Aletheia! You’re always so sweet – enjoy your brunch! *hugs*

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