Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Ham Manchego Paninis

I have yet to serve this and NOT send home the's requested by my family over and over again. You can use cheddar cheese as well.

Ham and manchego Panini with dipping sauce
4 slices country bread
4 ounces thinly sliced ham
2 ounces Manchego cheese
4 t. olive oil
3 T. apricot preserves
1 T. Dijon mustard

Top each of 2 bread slices with ham, Manchego and remaining slices. Brush tops of panini with 2 t. oil. In large skillet over medium-low heat or panini maker. Cover, cook until golden brown on both sides and cheese is melted, 5 to 8 minutes, pressing down with a spatula 3 to 4 times during cooking. Meanwhile, make dipping sauce: In small bowl mix together jam and mustard. Serve panini with sauce on the side.