Apple Orchard Panini Recipe

Yields: 2 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 5-7 minutes



  • 4 slices of sourdough bread, ciabatta, or your favorite hearty bread.


  • 2 tablespoons apple butter
  • 1-2 tablespoons Dijon mustard (optional)


  • 1/2 cup brie cheese, thinly sliced


  • 4-6 ounces thinly sliced deli turkey


  • 1 medium Granny Smith apple (or other tart apple), thinly sliced


  • 2 tablespoons, softened


  • A sprinkle of cinnamon
  • A drizzle of honey
  • Fresh thyme leaves


1. Prep the panini press: Preheat your panini press to medium-high heat. If you don’t have a press, a heavy skillet will work too.

2. Assemble the sandwiches:

  • Spread butter on one side of each bread slice.
  • On the unbuttered sides, spread the apple butter (mix with Dijon mustard if using).
  • Layer on the turkey, apple slices, and brie cheese.
  • Optionally add a sprinkle of cinnamon, honey drizzle, or thyme leaves for extra flavor.
  • Close the sandwiches with the buttered sides facing out.

3. Cook your panini:

  • Place the sandwiches on the heated panini press and cook for 5-7 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown, the cheese is melted, and the sandwich is heated through.
  • If using a skillet: Place sandwiches in the skillet and use a heavy pot or another skillet to press them down. Cook for a few minutes on each side until golden and the cheese melts.

4. Slice and serve: Allow your panini to rest for a minute or two before slicing in half and enjoying!


Bread choices: Experiment with different bread types (whole wheat, multigrain, etc.) to find your favorite combination.

Get creative with cheese: Swap brie for other melty cheeses like gouda, gruyere, fontina, or cheddar.

Adjust sweetness: Control the sweetness level based on your preference. Use unsweetened apple butter or skip the honey for a less sweet sandwich.

Make it vegetarian: Omit the turkey for a delicious vegetarian version!


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