Apple, Apple Butter, and Brie Paninis

January 18, 2012


I always enjoy trips to my husband’s family farm. Not only for the fresh air, quiet nights, and cuddly farm animals, but mainly for the good eats. It seems like every time we visit, we feast. This time was no exception. However, this time it was my husband’s father who did the cooking.


He grilled up these apple, apple butter, and brie sandwiches for lunch. I was pleased, for once, that my only job was to photograph- rather than to cook and photograph. (Which can often get tricky!) I was especially pleased with how well these turned out. They were heaven. Hands down the best sandwich I’ve had all year and maybe the best yet. The apple butter was an unexpected addition that made this recipe truly special. It added spice, sweetness, and creaminess that contrasted perfectly with the mild brie and crisp pink lady apples. The simplicity of it made it taste even better. Let me tell you, it was an absolute treat to discover this recipe. I do hope you’ll make it soon.


Ingredients: (makes 6 sandwiches)

2 baguettes sliced lengthwise (multigrain, white, or wheat)

1 pink lady apple (or other sweet apple) cored and sliced paper thin

1 hunk of brie sliced

apple butter

Directions: Smear a generous amount of apple butter on the bottom side of each baguette and layer with the apple slices.


Next, add a layer of sliced brie.


Broil open faced for 5 to 10 minutes, until the cheese starts to melt. Next, put the sandwiches together and slice into thirds. Then, finish them off on a griddle or in a pan, toasting on each side.


Serve hot and enjoy! These pair well with a steamy cup of soup or some crispy sweet potato chips.

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Jane March 2, 2012 at 9:32 am

This recipe looks really yummy, but what is Apple Butter when it’s at home? i.e. I’m Scottish and expect that we have a similar thing but call it something different. Is it like chutney?

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods March 2, 2012 at 6:34 pm

It’s like a really smooth, spiced apple sauce. It’s brown in color and super yummy! Not really like a chutney though, more like a creamy, smooth version of jelly or jam.

brandi January 24, 2012 at 9:47 am

love this combo! i love apple butter + brie together

Lauren at Keep It Sweet January 19, 2012 at 5:51 pm

I love that there is apple butter in this sandwich! Looks like the husband has very good taste:-)

Shane Treadway January 19, 2012 at 3:29 pm

I wandered onto your blog while looking up a way to use radishes and I have to say that I’m hooked ! Your recipes are straightforward and seem to enhance the flavors rather than mask them. I haven’t tried a recipe yet but either way you have a new fan !

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods January 19, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Thank you, Shane! Such a lovely comment that has brightened day!

natalie (the sweets life) January 19, 2012 at 1:46 pm

ooh this is my kind of sandwich! I’ve done brie with raspberry jelly and prosciutto so I’m excited to try this!

Aparna B. @ Not A Leaf January 19, 2012 at 9:30 am

Mmm this sounds crazy, ridiculous delicious! I LOVE putting Brie together with apples and honey or some kind of marmalade. Grilling brie with some kind of sweet chutney, or jam just makes it better :)

Cathy @ Savory Notes January 18, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Mmmm… I love putting jam in my grilled cheese sandwiches. The combinations of cheese + jam are endless! I cant wait to try this one :)

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods January 19, 2012 at 8:42 am

So true! I will have to try out some more combinations of this!

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