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Toasted Whole Grain Apple Cheddar Panini


Good Thursday! How exciting we’ve got a nice long weekend coming up. You better believe the boys and I will be hitting up Disney!

Last week for lunch, I decided to put apple slices in my grilled cheese. I couldn’t imagine it tasting good, but I’ve always heard about the whole apple/cheddar combo being really tasty. To my surprise, it’s fantastic! You don’t believe me? Take 5 minutes and make one for yourself!

Plus, there’s apples inside, so it’s still considered healthy cooking right?!! I’ll say yes 🙂




Toasted Whole Grain Apple Cheddar Panini

2 slices Whole Grain Wheat Bread, lightly buttered on 1 side each (Love the Alpine Valley Loaf from Costco)

1/2 Gala apple, sliced almost paper thin, see pic of apples above

1/4 Cup shredded cheddar cheese, Tillamook works wonders here 🙂

Side of Dijon Mustard for dipping

1. Heat a small skillet or grill pan to get the panini look over medium heat. Place buttered side of bread #1 down in hot skillet. Layer bread with half the cheese, the apples then the remaining cheese. Top with bread #2, buttered side up. Grill for 1- 1 1/2 minutes per side pressing on sandwich (to get grill marks) until golden brown on each side. Remove, slice, dip in Dijon and EAT!

1 serving 🙂


Have a terrific LONG Weekend, come back soon for more “healthy” cookin’ over at Picky P!

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  1. 1

    I can’t believe you guys get to Disney a few times a week! That would have been so amazing as a kid. 🙂 Love apples and cheddar together – makes a perfect sandwich.

  2. 2

    I LOVE apples with cheddar!! Have fun at Disney!

  3. 3

    Ooh that sounds really good! There are so many possibilities with a grilled cheese!

  4. 4
    Debbi says:

    This sounds fantastic! I for sure will try this! Thank you for all the great recipes. I’ll link it over to you when I post it on my blog. 🙂

  5. 5
    G. says:

    yum! I’ve made quesadillas like this before and they are delicious. An extra sharp cheddar is really amazing with apples. There was a restaurant in my old hometown that would serve homemade apple pie with a slice of sharp locally made cheddar on the side…amazing! I might just make this for lunch today! 🙂

  6. 6
    Sara says:

    I think I’m going to make this for dinner tonight. It looks fantastic!

  7. 7

    They look so crunchy and good, wish I could reach out and take a bite.

  8. 8
    Bob says:

    I love apple/cheddar! That’s genius, pure and simple.

  9. 9
    megan says:

    This looks beautiful. Gotta have one! Love Tillamook abd I’ll have to try the Alpine bread. I usually go for the Milton brand. Bet Brie would be a good cheese choice too

  10. 10
    Camille says:

    All-American sandwich! Looks tasty! 🙂

  11. 11

    Delicious combination!

  12. 12
    justcooknyc says:

    yum! one of these days i have to get a panini press

  13. 13
    Amy says:

    One of my favorite snacks from my childhood was a bagel, sliced in half, each topped with a generous slice of apple and sharp cheddar cheese, toasted until the cheese started to bubble.

    (cut the apple across the middle, like you would slice a tomato, then cut out the core from each slice with a paring knife)

  14. 14

    Apple with cheese is one of my favorite combinations — yum!

  15. 15
    catherine says:

    That is super yummy!!!!

  16. 16
    Michelle says:

    Hi, I have tried your mini cheesecakes recipes. I finally go tthe pan. Had to order it online. Loved them !
    I was wondering , do you have anymore mini-cheesecakes recipes?

  17. 17

    You’re right, it doesn’t sound good! But somehow your photography makes it look so irresistable! I must confess though, during one of my pregnancies I craved apples and cheddar cheese together! So I know it is actually pretty good.

  18. 18

    Perfect Combo!! Looks delish!!

  19. 19
    heddomarie says:

    Oh Apple pie is only good with melted cheddar on top! Never thought of it as a sandwich!

  20. 20
    Veronica M. says:

    I love cheddar and apples together but have only had them plain as a snack–I love this sandwich idea! Must try soon.

  21. 21
    Mikalisa says:

    The pic itself makes my mouth water. Will definitely make this over the weekend. Thanx so much! YUM! Have fun @ D-land!

  22. 22

    That looks yummy. I like cheese on apple pie. I posted a healthy and DELICIOUS recipe for Cilantro Pesto Chicken on my blog. You should give it a try. My kids LOVED it!

  23. 23
    Carrie Grubb says:

    I know what I’m having for lunch!

  24. 24
    Julie says:

    That looks seriously yummy!

  25. 25

    Oh my gosh does this look amazing. You’ve got talent!!!!! How was your holiday? Sorry I have not been by recently.

  26. 26
    Alina says:

    Your combination of ingredients is perfect. That’s great you’re using whole grain bread. I’ll definitely try this for breakfast someday!

  27. 27
    Erotikshop says:

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  28. 28

    great advice and sharing,I will buy one nice apple for me .thanks,Joe

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    Marla says:

    Hi Jenny! LOVE this version of grilled cheese. Believe it or not I am hosting a grilled cheese round up 😉 Please submit any of your fab links, as many as you want 🙂

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    Jenni says:

    I love apples and cheese is good. I’m going to try this one. I wonder how it will taste if I use red delicious apples

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