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Ham, Smoked Gouda and Apricot Panini

Prep Time14 mins
Cook Time6 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 2 sandwiches
Calories: 370kcal


  • ¼ cup dried apricots cut into pieces
  • boiling water
  • 1 Tbsp sliced silvered or chopped almonds
  • 1 green onion sliced
  • 4 slices artisan bread or bread of your choice
  • 1 Tbsp apricot fruit spread or apricot jam
  • 2 oz. cooked ham from leftover holiday ham or deli slices
  • ½ cup 2 oz. shredded smoked Gouda cheese (or cheddar)
  • fresh ground pepper to taste


  • Combine apricots and boiling water (enough to cover apricots) in a small bowl, let stand for 5 min. Drain water, stir in almonds and green onions.
  • Spread apricot fruit spread on 2 sliced of artisan bread. Top with ham, and then apricot mixture. Sprinkle cheese over the top of apricot mixture and add pepper to taste. Add remaining two sliced of bread to the top of the sandwich. Lightly spray outsides of bread with cooking spray.
  • Preheat a grill pan over medium heat. Place sandwiches on grill pan and place a heavy skillet (like cast iron) on top of sandwich to weigh down. Cook for 2-3 minutes until grill marks are formed and bread is toasted. Flip over and repeat on other side. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes until bread is golden and filling is heated through (cheese is melted) .
  • Alternatively you can use a panini press or a regular skillet to toast sandwich.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 42.7g | Protein: 17.1g | Fat: 14.8g | Saturated Fat: 6.5g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Fiber: 3.5g | Sugar: 13.1g