By definition, a panini should be simple, neat and elegant. Just a slice or two of cheese and a strip of savory meat, all nestled between slices of exquisite bread. We love the salty tang of prosciutto for it’s intense flavor, the creamy luxuriousness of gouda, and the sweet tartness the apple provides. Sweet and Salty is the motto of all things good, right?? While regular grilled cheese sandys are delicious and reminiscent of mom’s comfort food, this one ups the ante by adding tang, crunch, and flavors reminiscent of the Mediterranean.
The secret ingredient to our panini is Zesty Z Za’atar spread. A Mediterranean blend of wild thyme, sesame seeds, sumac and many other seasonings combined with extra virgin olive oil to make a tangy too good to be true spread.
We are partial to spreading this on every sandwich we eat forever and always, but the versatility of this spread is it’s best characteristic. Add to your favorite breakfast dish, chicken ensembles, or your personal version of a panini.
Alright, now that we’ve got you wishing you were in Italy eating this sandwich, let’s get to making it!Heat up your panini press and spray with a bit of non-stick spray. This will keep the cheese from sticking as it oozes out of your sandwich. Now if you don’t have a panini press, you can easily make this in a non-stick pan and place a heavier pan or pot on top of your sandwich to weight it down. While your press is preheating, slice your bolla buns without separating. You can use any bread that is a bit thicker on the outside, but soft and fluffy on the inside. (And if you’re me, keep this out of reach during your prep or you won’t have any gourmet bread to work with at the end of your sandwich making process.)
Slice your cheese and apples into thin slices, a mandoline works perfect for getting those apple slices perfectly thin & bite sized crispy. Wash and dry your arugula to be ready for your sandwich, spinach is also a good alternative!
Assemble your sandwich by spreading Zesty Z onto each side. Next layer cheese, prosciutto, apple, and arugula. Close your sandwich and place in panini press. It should take about 5 minutes to grill, depending on what type of cheese you use. Gouda or Havarti melt beautifully, while cheddar will take a bit longer. Slice your panini, pour yourself a glass of antioxidants…and by antioxidants we mean wine…go sit in the sun and ennnnnjoy!
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Za’atar Prosciutto Panini with Apple, Gouda, & Arugula
Prep time: 15 minutes
2 Bolla Buns or other Italian bread
4 slices Prosciutto
6oz Gouda or Cheddar Cheese
Handful of Arugula
Zesty Z Za’atar Spread
- Preheat Panini Press or non-stick frying pan.
- Cut Bolla buns through the middle, without separating top from bottom.
- Slice cheese, apples, and wash and dry the arugula. Remove prosciutto from package.
- Assemble sandwich by spreading Zesty Z spread on both sides of your bread. Add cheese, prosciutto, apple, and arugula.
- Place sandwich into press and grill 5 minutes or until crispy and cheese is melted.