I’ll freely admit I’m a picky eater. Well, maybe picky isn’t the right word. Maybe quirky eater is a better description. For example, I don’t like things made with onions but could eat my weight in onion rings made in my hometown. Once oranges are in season, I’ll have them as a snack on a regular basis. But as soon as I see the words “with pulp” on the front of the orange juice carton, I’m out.
So when my bestie, S came up with a fall inspired panini I was a little apprehensive. I’m not a foodie. I don’t like anything weird or foo foo or “artsy,” I just want to sit down and eat. In my defense, the ingredients she was trying to combine seemed like all of those things to me. I had almost talked myself out of trying anything that even resembled a panini when I heard these words, “I’m putting honey crisp apples and smoked gouda on it.”
Say what? Ok, I’m in.
Cut two slices of whole wheat bread.
Next slather pumpkin puree on the inside of each piece of bread.
Then cut two slices of apple-smoked gouda cheese
and layer the cheese on top of the pumpkin puree.
We used Honeycrisp apples because they have a short season and are my absolute favorite apples on the planet. They have the perfect mix of sweet and tart tanginess. You’ll want to use thin slices of apples and stack them at least 2-3 pieces high.
Lay the panini halves on top of each other.
Place 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 teaspoon of maple syrup in a small bowl.
Microwave approximately 30 seconds or until soft enough to mix together.
Brush or spoon mixture on the outside of the panini.
Place on a prepared grill with the side that has the butter and maple syrup mixture facing down on the grill. Then brush or spoon the mixture on the other side of the panini.
Grill until cheese has melted.
This panini was super easy to make. It would be perfect for lazy Saturday afternoons or for busy school nights when soccer practice is running late. This small panini is pretty filling depending on how much you eat. But if you have hearty eaters at home consider serving with a fall inspired soup or salad.
It’s really good. You won’t be disappointed. It’s picky eater approved.
See you guys back here Monday for the Something to Talk About Link Party. Have a happy weekend.