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Turkey Apple Panini

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Okay I don’t really know what exactly the dog days of summer are, but this heat wave is dragging out much longer than I care for! This Turkey Apple Panini is perfect for these ridiculously hot days. Crisp apples, sweet apple butter, slightly salty bacon all make for a delicious meal that does not require you to turn on the oven!

Apple butter, turkey, bacon and apple slices on grilled sourdough bread.

If you make the bacon in the morning and have a panini press, you don’t even have to turn on the stove in the late afternoon heat!

Turkey Apple Panini cut in half and stacked on top of itself.

I have told you before that my absolute favorite burger in town, comes from a restaurant named Zeppelins. Well they also have a Butterball Turkey Sandwich on their menu, and this is my version of it. I love being able to re-create a $9.00 sandwich at home! I can also use all-natural and organic products at home, and know exactly what we are eating!

How to make a turkey apple panini

Heat panini press or a large skillet. Slice bread to desired thickness (if homemade).

Spread apple butter on one slice of bread.

Apple butter spread on sourdough bread.

Top with turkey, apple, bacon and cheese slices.

Turkey, apple, bacon and cheese slices on sourdough bread.

Top with second slice of bread and place on grill. Cook until cheese is melted and bread is golden brown.

Side view of a Turkey Apple Panini sandwich.

Slice in half and serve!

Recipe Notes & Tips

  • You can use leftover turkey or slices from the deli counter. Boar’s Head is my favorite brand.
  • Any cheese will work. In fact you probably noticed different cheeses through out the images.
  • I like Granny Smith Apples because they are not sweet and work well with the apple butter, but use your favorite.
  • Sometimes I peel the apples, sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I slice them into circles, and sometimes into thin wedges.

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Okay yes, I did turn on my oven to make my favorite Sourdough Bread, but I made it late the night after it had cooled off outside.

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Apple butter, turkey, bacon and apple slices on grilled sourdough bread cut in half and stacked.

Turkey Apple Panini

Apple butter, turkey, bacon and apple slices on grilled sourdough bread combine to make the ultimate Turkey Apple Panini!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: turkey, sandwich, apple, slices, butter, sourdough, bread, recipe, bacon
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings
Calories: 775kcal
Author: Lisa Johnson

Ingredients

  • 8 slices sourdough bread
  • 0.5 cup apple butter
  • 0.5 pound all-natural sliced turkey I used Applegate
  • 2 Granny Smith apples
  • 8 slices cooked bacon
  • 2 slices cheddar or colby jack cheese

Instructions

  • Heat panini press or a large skillet. Slice bread to desired thickness (if homemade).
  • Spread apple butter on one slice of bread.
  • Add the turkey, apple, bacon and cheese slices
  • Top with second slice of bread and place on grill. Cook until cheese is melted and bread is golden brown.
  • Slice in half and serve.

Notes

  • You can use leftover turkey or slices from the deli counter. Boar’s Head is my favorite brand.
  • Any cheese will work. In fact you probably  noticed different cheeses through out the images.
  • I like Granny Smith Apples because they are not sweet and work well with the apple butter, but use your favorite.
  • Sometimes I peel the apples, sometimes I don’t. Sometimes I slice them into circles, and sometimes into thin wedges.

Nutrition

Calories: 775kcal | Carbohydrates: 100g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 1157mg | Potassium: 531mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 205IU | Vitamin C: 4.6mg | Calcium: 176mg | Iron: 5.5mg

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28 Comments

  1. So great recreating a $9 sandwich at home, and does it ever look good! That’s a crack up about your bacon conversation with a vegan — I laughed out loud on that one. There’s plenty of decent bacon out there. I love niman ranch!

  2. Everything in moderation, eve bacon! Really I couldn’t live without indulging every once in a while! This is a great use of bacon! I love the apple!

  3. I just recently got my dh turned on to paninis. Now I’m hoping he’ll understand why I NEED a press 🙂
    Great looking sandwich, perfect after a long busy day or when it’s just to dang hot.
    Thanks for linking up!
    Dawn

  4. Oh… this looks awesome Lisa! We usually try to do paninis once a week around here. Love the sweet salty combination of this sandwich, definitely pinning! Thanks for sharing at Show Stopper Saturdays!

    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats

  5. Your panini looks delicious! I love love love a good sandwich, and this sounds awesome! And I couldn’t agree more with you… this heat wave needs to end already! It’s time for fall! 🙂

  6. I just told my hubby today I was hungry for a panini sandwich. I made some crock pot apple butter the other day, and just picked some more apples, so this is definitely on my menu for tomorrow.

  7. You may have made this during the dog days of summer (whatever that means…my dog hates summer), but the ingredients make it great for fall too. Saw this at Empty Your Archives!

  8. Holy cow… this sandwich looks so delicious, especially with Thanksgiving coming up! I’ll have to try this with our leftovers 🙂 Thanks for sharing your recipe with The Best Blog Recipes Blogger Gallery! I’ll send you the link in a Facebook message so you can check it out tomorrow morning when it goes live 🙂

    Shauna @ The Best Blog Recipes

  9. Yum! Turkey and apple has always been my favorite combination. Gowever, I have never added jack cheese to my paninis before. Will try this recipe for sure!

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