Monday, March 3, 2014

White Cheddar, Apple Butter, Spinach and Honey Mustard Panini

Since pregnancy keeps me from eating my favorite deli meats, I came up with this super panini that doesn't make me miss the deli section for a minute.  The trick is good quality bread (I used the twelve grain loaf from the Whole Foods bakery) and a panini maker (hopefully you got one off your wedding registry).

White Cheddar, Apple Butter, Spinach, & Honey Mustard Panini:

Serves 1:
2 slices of whole grain bread
2 slices white cheddar
1 tbsp apple butter 
1/2 tbsp honeycup mustard*
1/3 cup fresh spinach or arugula
Other: 1 tbsp EVOO for brushing the panini maker

Preheat the panini maker to medium-high heat. 
Assemble the sandwich: spread the apple butter on one slice of bread and top with cheddar and spinach.  Spread the honey mustard on the other slice of bread and place it face down, forming a sandwich. Brush the olive oil on both sides of the panini maker and place the sandwich on the grill.  Close it and let it bake for 2-4 minutes or so, checking to see that the cheese is melted, the spinach is partly welted, and the bread is golden brown and crispy.  Enjoy!

*if you don't have honeycup mustard, I suppose you can substitute horseradish mustard for a nice kick. And buy it the next time you're at the store because it is the best mustard out there! 

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