Toasted Ham and Brie Panini

by jenna on January 7, 2013

So…this recipe. It’s not really a recipe. It’s kind of a cop-out recipe, actually.

Truth it, I eat it for lunch probably two or three times a week, and last time while I was sinking my teeth deep into this sandwich I felt like I just had to share. I had to! My soul demanded it. It’s just SO good and if you don’t already know the brie and ham sandwich combination on a deep, personal level, I feel like it’s my duty to share this with you today. It is the sandwich that broke me of my vegetarian ways six years ago while sitting at a Paris cafe with my mother after an overnight flight.

To make this culinary masterpiece, you first need to find some really good bread. And no, I don’t mean fluffy white bread from the supermarket. Head to a bakery for this…you won’t regret it. I like to use a thick, chewy sourdough bread here — one that I can really sink my teeth into. Thick, chewy, delicious carbs. Now that’s what I’m talking about.

The rest is so simple. Seriously, a ten year old could make this. The key is the sweet n’ hot mustard {Trader Joe’s makes a great one!} because it both clears your nostrils and gives you just a hint of sweetness. It’s perfect.

So yeah…this is a “not-recipe” if there ever was one. But it IS delicious and makes a sweet little dinner when paired with a simple green salad and a glass of wine. It’s the one meal I could never get sick of and my favorite sandwich to date.

‘Cause nothing says “happy Monday” like toasty brie cheese in your face.

Toasted Ham and Brie Panini

makes 1 panini

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Ingredients:

2 thick slices of good quality bread (I like sourdough!)

2 oz roast ham

brie cheese

hot n’ sweet mustard

Directions:

Spread one piece of bread with brie cheese. Top with ham. Spread the other slice of bread with the mustard. Grill panini using a panini press or stovetop, as you would grilled cheese. If you’re toasting your sandwich on the stove, I like to place a heavy pot or skillet on top of the sandwich while it toasts to get the panini effect.

Time:

5 minutes

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Kristen @ notsodomesticated January 7, 2013 at 3:42 am

Now this is a recipe that I can make! ;) Looks delicious!

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Tiffany @dynamics of happy January 7, 2013 at 3:42 am

sometimes simplicity is the best :)

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Em (Wine and Butter) January 7, 2013 at 3:54 am

um… YES!! This is most definitely what I am now going to have for lunch. I have some rye sourdough in the freezer calling my name – and Im excited already now!

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Stephanie @ Steph's Miles January 7, 2013 at 4:16 am

I love brie on anything so this sounds like a winner!

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Sam @ Better With Sprinkles January 7, 2013 at 4:28 am

Brie cheese makes everything better!! Sounds like a great lunch.

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megan @ whatmegansmaking January 7, 2013 at 4:36 am

You certainly can’t go wrong with paninis! I don’t even like ham, and I still think this looks good!

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Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat January 7, 2013 at 4:45 am

This sounds lovely Jenna! I’m on the same page as you with the nice rustic loaf of bread. I can’t actually remember the last time I had supermarket white bread but I DO recall from my childhood that it gets all gummy and sticks to the roof of your mouth which is not cool at all. Hearty bread is where it’s at!

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Madison January 7, 2013 at 4:46 am

Yum! This reminds me of when I studied abroad in London and Paris–they had the best brie in sandwiches and crepes. :)

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Molly @ RDexposed January 7, 2013 at 5:11 am

Brie and toasted bread is always a winning combination!

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Beth January 7, 2013 at 5:13 am

Love ham and brie! It is also wonderful with some thinly sliced pears or apples and sprinkle of black pepper.

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Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch January 7, 2013 at 5:21 am

I don’t think anything could be a good ham and cheese panini and this looks perfect!

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joelle (on a pink typewriter) January 7, 2013 at 6:07 am

Sometimes “not recipes” are the best recipes. :)

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joelle (on a pink typewriter) January 7, 2013 at 6:08 am

P.S. What’s the best way to contact/email you with a question?

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Stephanie January 7, 2013 at 6:35 am

There’s a grocery store near me that does a Mr. Frenchy. It has brie, turkey, and apple butter. AMAZING!

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Tess January 7, 2013 at 6:36 am

This looks perfect for chilly afternoons! Sometimes simple can be pretty amazing.

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Erica {Coffee & Quinoa} January 7, 2013 at 6:52 am

So jealous of your San Francisco sourdough!!! I haven’t gone out of my way to buy bakery bread in quite a while, but this seems like a good excuse!

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Tami@nutmegnotebook January 7, 2013 at 7:03 am

There is nothing like California sourdough bread. I sometimes ship sourdough bread to my parents who live in the Midwest. I like non recipes too! After the holidays it’s nice to go simple.

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Nicole January 7, 2013 at 7:10 am

Yes!! This is one of my favorite go-to easy meals at home also. My fiancĂ©e says it “tastes like home,” which I’ve always taken as a compliment. The only thing I do do differently is use blackberry preserves or jam in the place of the sweet mustard. I will be sure to give yours a try, though!

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allie@sweetpotatobites January 7, 2013 at 8:07 am

yum! love the brie and ham combo – paninis are the best.

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Julie January 7, 2013 at 8:18 am

Looks awesome! I love a good sourdough bread for grilled cheese, sprinkled with a little garlic powder! I got the hubby a cast iron skillet for Christmas. I knew exactly what I wanted to make…the butter is softening for Deep Dish Salted Chocolate Chip Cooke Pie!

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Emily January 7, 2013 at 8:29 am

TJ’s hot n’ sweet mustard is one of the greatest things ever. I’m excited to try out this recipe. Thanks for sharing :)

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Shaina January 7, 2013 at 8:48 am

This looks like the perfect sandwich to pair with a bowl of soup. Great January food.

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Michelle January 7, 2013 at 8:56 am

I’ve never tried Brie in a sandwich. This would be an awesome sandwich to welcome my fiance back from his trip Memphis. I bet a chutney would go well in there too.
Thanks!
-Michelle
Holistic Health Coach

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Emily @ Life on Food January 7, 2013 at 9:09 am

Warm sandwiches always make me happy, as does brie. A winner!

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Jill @ JillEats January 7, 2013 at 9:15 am

Sourdough is my favorite! Whenever my restaurant bakes a batch for dinner service, I pray that there’s a loaf leftover for me to smuggle home =)

Always love your posts; such an inspiration for me to keep up with my blog+writings. Cheers!

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Liz (formerly VeggieGirl) January 7, 2013 at 9:23 am

Not a cop-out at all – this panini variety is FABULOUS!

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a farmer in the dell January 7, 2013 at 9:41 am

I love a good cop out recipe every once in a while. This looks easy and delicious. Thanks for the reminder to make something simple for lunch today!

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Sarah January 7, 2013 at 11:21 am

I know that isn’t raisin bread (is it? haha) but it looks like it/reminds me of it and it TOTALLY has me craving a raisin bread panini with ham, honey and goat cheese!!… I’m literally drooling over here in my office thinking about it for dinner tonight haha Thanks (as always!) for the inspiration :D

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Amber @ Mommy's Me Time January 7, 2013 at 1:13 pm

This look delicious! I’m pregnant and can’t eat deli meat unless its heated up, so this will be a perfect go-to for me! Thanks for sharing the idea! :)

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Caroline L. January 7, 2013 at 1:29 pm

I’ve been OBSESSED with paninis and brie lately… Slap em together, perfecto!! Thanks, Jenna! :)

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 7, 2013 at 2:57 pm

This is my type of recipe! Love it!!

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Angela January 7, 2013 at 3:40 pm

I’m not a big ham person, but this sounds amazing! I want to try it asap!

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em @ simplypresent January 7, 2013 at 4:05 pm

I had ham & cheese for lunch today. Unfortunately it wasn’t a panini, clearly not as cool.

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Ashley@cupcakesncrunches January 7, 2013 at 6:06 pm

You had me at ‘brie.’ I love all things that include brie!

My favorite sandwich is a brie grilled cheese, complete with strawberry jelly!

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Sonia the Mexigarian January 8, 2013 at 3:03 pm

LOVE ACME bread company!!! I swear I could eat every single one of their bread loaves in an entire day. <3 I love the simplicity of the recipe. I don't usually like ham, but it pairs so darn well with brie.

What kind/brand of ham did you use?

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Anna@ApronHearts January 8, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Love panini. I will definitely try your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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Carley January 8, 2013 at 10:00 pm

I’m doing this. I wish it were lunch instead of bed time

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Mackenzie January 21, 2013 at 9:36 am

Definitely getting that mustard! Just what I am craving today.

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MelissaK January 22, 2013 at 12:58 pm

I use my trusty old George Foreman to make paninis!

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