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Smoked Cheddar & Ham Panini

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“This was adapted from a recipe card picked up in a grocery store. Delicious - great for a cold day, with some soup! Feel free to change up the bread to what you prefer - the original called for marble rye, but I put in what we usually use. You can use other types of ham and regular cheddar, but the flavor of the smoked versions really contrast wonderfully with the sweetness of the onions and apple, so I would recommend trying them, if possible. I'm also putting a range on the meat, because we prefer smaller meat portions (the 1/4 lb), but I know a lot of people who like more meat, so you could easily use up to 1/2 lb, if desired. The original directions called for using a panini grill, but I don't have one, so I'm enclosing both methods.”

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  1. Cook onions until tender in a skillet prepared with non-stick cooking spray over medium-high heat.
  2. When onion is browned, add syrup, stirring well, and cook for an additional minute.
  3. Allow onion to cool. Spread 2 slices of bread with mayonnaise.
  4. Layer remaining ingredients on top, ending with the second slice of bread on each sandwich.
  5. Spray both sides of each sandwich with cooking spray before placing on panini grill or in skillet.
  6. If using panini grill, grill the sandwiches for about 3 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bread is toasted.
  7. If using a skillet, cook sandwich over medium heat for about 2 minutes on each side, flipping once, or until cheese is melted and bread is toasted. Use a second skillet to weight down the sandwich on top.

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