Apple-Cheddar Turkey Panini

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We all know you’ve been having reheated leftover Thanksgiving turkey this past week; or at least I have, and if I see anymore traces of turkey or stuffing in my house from this day forward, there’s a high possibility I’ll strangle myself with this chord of Christmas lights. So take this opportunity to use up the rest of that turkey lurking in the back of your fridge, and make room for Christmas cookies, and LOTS of them, because I will be posting twelve Christmas treats throughout this month until you have tested positive for diabetes.

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Thanksgiving is over, and sadly, so is fall; so you know what that means CHRISTMAS OVERLOAD! Pinterest went from pumpkin spice everything to peppermint overnight! But before I partake in all things cookies and hot coco, let’s take just one meal to reminisce on last Thursday can we?

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Put down the tangled strings of christmas lights, and go get yourself a panini maker like I did last Thursday evening. You’re lucky to be hearing from me in the first place since I risked sacrificing my life on Black Friday venturing to JC Pennies to snag a panini maker for just 8 bucks! I’m lucky to have made it out with just a few minor bruises… but all worth it for this sandwich!
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Can we please take a moment to talk about my Black Friday experience?! I’m all about saving money, so it’s just natural for me to LOVE Black Friday– easily one of my favorite holidays. Is it even a holiday? Let’s pretend it is.

I was always traumatized to go out on Black Friday as a kid since I envisioned giant stampedes of barbaric woman trampling over each other, potentially killing one another just to save a few bucks on a new pair of boots (which is somewhat true.)

My dad is the type of person that has never stepped foot into a grocery store, or any store for that matter, but for some reason, one year he decided to venture out to target on Black Friday to get some christmas lights. While he was walking to the check-out with lights in hand, an older woman grabs them out of his hand, then another woman tries to grab them from her hands, and the whole situation nearly ended in a full on brawl. Mind you, these were christmas lights. You people are animals! Needless to say, my dad came home empty handed that night, and instilled it into my head that if I ever went out on Black Friday, I’d probably never make it out alive to enjoy my purchases. I finally decided to see the madness for myself a few years ago when I was almost 9 months pregnant. My strategy- take full advantage of my swollen, wobbling, pregnant self, and hopefully get some sympathy from the other customers. I scoped out the stores the day ahead of time, and when the time came, my son’s dad and I hustled wobbled our way through the stores and sure enough, I was able to cut everyone in line and not one single person even touched me. Maybe I should start pretending I’m pregnant every year on Black Friday?

This year was a little different… It was my first year going out specifically for children’s toys. Budget savvy woman are scary, but budget savvy moms are the scariest of them all. It seems as though if you go out looking for a crock pot, but they sell out, it’s not as big of a deal as if you go out looking for a mini quad for your toddler, and they sell out…  I dare anyone who doesn’t believe to go to Toys R Us next year… Terrifying.

Sadly, most of the toys I went out for were sold out the first 2 minutes, so I ended up with a lot of cooking equipment (I guess that’s how you know you’re an adult, when your Christmas list consists of pans, underwear, and spanx.)

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Well, now that my rant is over with, let’s talk a little bit about this sandwich. You’ll see on the recipe that it seems like it has way too much cheese, but I promise it’s not. I tried making them with half the amount, and I really couldn’t even taste it, so doubling up is definitely worth it! I also found some radish sprouts at “Sprouts” grocery store, and the spicy kick from them added a really nice contrast with the sweet apple and aged cheddar. I used Kerrygold Aged Cheddar Cheese for this. I probably wouldn’t substitute regular orange-colored cheddar, because the flavor of regular cheddar and sharp Irish cheddar are very different; it’s much more pungent and salty, and a lot less soft. Though, you could use a sharp white cheddar if you can’t find Irish cheddar. I also used Kerrygold Naturally Softer Irish Butter to spread on the outside of the bread. The great thing about Irish butter is that it stays soft even at cold temperatures! So you can easily spread it onto bread without using that chemically produced margarine, or having to wait for your real butter to soften. And of course, I used my Mom’s Cranberry-Walnut Bread to sandwich this whole masterpiece together!

I hope you enjoyed my rant about Black Friday. Now I want to hear your guys’ Black Friday horror stories! Make sure to comment below! 🙂

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Sharp aged cheddar, tart apples, and spicy radish sprouts turn left over Thanksgiving turkey into something to REALLY be thankful for!
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Sharp aged cheddar, tart apples, and spicy radish sprouts turn left over Thanksgiving turkey into something to REALLY be thankful for!
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Instructions
  1. Preheat a panini press on high, or heat up a large sauté pan over medium heat.
  2. Generously butter one side of each slice of bread and set 2 of them aside. Spread two slices of bread with honey-mustard and layer with half of the cheese. Top with turkey, apples, and remaining 3 slices of cheese. Top with remaining bread, butter side up.
  3. Cook sandwiches on panini press for 4-5 minutes, or until crispy golden-brown and cheese is melted; OR if using sauté pan, cook for 4-5 minutes on each side until golden brown. Open up each panini and layer on fresh sprouts, close and enjoy!
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