Quick & Easy Apple Orchard Panini

Okay, okay, I know I said my next post would be about budgeting. But when I saw this recipe, I changed my mind. I was scouring my new favorite blog, Iowa Girl Eats (check it out!), when I saw this beauty. You had me at brie!

It also is SO easy to make and takes only a few minutes!

I can't even get over how good this is.

If this doesn’t look good to you I just don’t even know what to say.

The great thing about sandwiches is that you don’t have to be exact, so feel free to use as much or as little of each ingredient as you want. I just eyeballed it for what looked good.

You will need:

  • Italian bread
  • Green apples
  • Brie
  • Roasted deli turkey
  • Apple butter
  • Extra virgin olive oil

Start out by gathering all your ingredients, as usual.

I realize this is missing the bread and the olive oil. It's been a long week, okay?

I realize this is missing the bread and the olive oil. It’s been a long day.

Next, slice your brie and apples, and your bread if you need to.

I was super excited about this part just because I finally got to use my marble cheeseboard.

I was super excited about this part just because I finally got to use my marble cheeseboard.

Lay out two pieces of bread and brush the olive oil on ONE side of each. This is a college house, so we don’t have a kitchen brush, so I just drizzled a little bit and spread it around with a knife. Then flip ’em over and smear your apple butter on. I did it on both sides, but I imagine it would taste just as good on just one side. I think next time I make this I’m going to try it that way – it was a little rich for me this time (but still delicious, trust me).

It even looks delicious before you make it!

It even looks delicious before you make it!

In Kristin’s recipe, she used roasted deli turkey instead of the honey smoked kind I had. I think it would probably be better with the roasted turkey, but I already had a bunch of turkey that I needed to use, so here we are.

Next it’s time to put it all together!

This is when I discovered I am really bad at slicing apples.

This is when I discovered I am really bad at slicing apples.

Then pop your top slice of bread (olive oil side up) on top! Kristin used a panini maker, which is another amazing kitchen item I don’t have, so I just used a Foreman grill. Put the sandwich in your Foreman grill/panini maker/skillet until it’s “golden brown and crispy.” Use a spatula to take it out and let sit for a couple of minutes so you don’t burn your hand. I unfortunately learned this part the hard way, when a glob of hot apple butter went through a crack and burned my finger when I was trying to cut my sandwich in half. Oops.

So. Good.

Here's another angle.

Here’s another angle.

And there you have it! Told you it was easy, right? Thanks to Kristin for this awesome recipe!

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