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Manchego, Fig & Apple Panini

Manchego, Fig & Apple Panini! Even quick and easy lunches can be seasonal and flavorful; the proof is in this panini! Crusty bread is slathered with fig preserves, then topped with manchego cheese & tart apple slices and grilled to melty perfection!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time11 mins
Course: Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2 paninis
Author: The Kitchen Prep

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 pieces crusty artisan bread {I used a whole wheat Tuscan bread}
  • ¼ cup fig preserves or jam
  • 4 ounces manchengo cheese sliced
  • ½ medium apple sliced
  • ¼ cup arugula or spinach

Instructions

  • Assemble sandwich: Spread 1 tablespoon fig jam on each slice of bread. Divide the cheese and apple slices and arugula between the two of the bread slices {this will make two paninis}, then use the other two bread slices to top and complete the sandwich.
  • Heat the panini press or pan over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon of butter to the press/pan and swirl until just melted.
  • Place sandwiches in the panini press and heat until the outside is crisp and the cheese is melted. {If cooking in a pan, grill for 2-3 minutes per side.} Serve hot.

Notes

*I like my arugula fresh instead of wilted, so I often add it after cooking -- just carefully lift one of the bread slices and stuff in some arugula before serving.