Grilled apple jam, cheddar and bacon panini

Heather Disarro

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Apple jam, sharp cheddar and smokey bacon come together to make one delicious, grilled panini sandwich.

grilled apple jam bacon cheddar panini

Grilled, apple, cheddar and bacon panini

Makes 4 sandwiches


  • 8 slices thick-cut Italian bread
  • 3 Granny Smith apples
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 8 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 1/2 pound sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 tablespoons butter


  1. Wash, peel and core the apples.
  2. Grate the apples into a large microwavable bowl using a box grater and stir in the sugar.
  3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and microwave on high for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the softened apples and sugar to a food processor and pulse until smooth.
  5. Return to the microwavable bowl, add the cinnamon stick, and microwave for another 5 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  6. Set aside and let cool to thicken.
  7. While the jam is cooling cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crispy.
  8. Set on a paper towel to drain.
  9. To assemble the sandwiches spread 1-2 tablespoons of apple jam on one slice of bread.
  10. Cut the bacon into half and place four halves (two slices of bacon) on top of the jam.
  11. Cover the bacon with 2 ounces of shredded cheese and top with the other slice of bread.
  12. Once all of the sandwiches are assembled spread the outside of each sandwich with butter.
  13. Grill on a grill pan over medium heat until grill marks form, the bread turns golden brown and the cheese is melted.
  14. Serve hot.

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Heather Disarro
Heather is the writer behind the food blog, Heather’s Dish, and the coordinator of the beauty blog, Faces of Beauty. She and her husband live at the base of the Rocky Mountains in the Denver metro area and are constantly active, especially with their two crazy lab mixes Bunker and Keira. They had their first baby, Weston, in March 2012 and have been boundlessly blessed by him every day of his life. You can find more at Heather’s personal blogs, Heather’s Dish and Faces of Beauty or send her a tweet at @heathersdish.