Pesto, Smoked Gouda and Apple Paninis

Some great ideas just come to you… like this panini for example. Years ago, my husband asked me to make a panini for him, and this beautiful gem came to light! (Sure the average person probably thinks meat, cheese, bread, maybe a tomato or two. But my brain is an exceptional one. Maybe not so much exceptional, as it enjoys over complicating things. And while that may make navigating my life difficult for me, it means that you get the tasty treats grown out of my neurotic food loving brain. You’re welcome.)
In addition to its scrumptious nature, it is so easy and simple, but also packs a punch of flavors that somehow come together perfectly. I am talking nutty pesto, sweet and tart honey crisp apples, smoked turkey, dried cranberries, smoked Gouda and mozzarella; all pressed together on buttery, crispy bread. There is nothing not to like about this savory and sweet panini. From melted ooey gooey cheeses to crunchy tart apples, this panini will have you singing Marvin Gaye’s “Lets Get it on” to a sandwich. Don’t fret though friends, I won’t have you transition from serenading food to having a Jason Biggs American Pie moment. I swear!

Now that we have gotten that visual out of the way, lets move on to more pleasant things.
Palate Cleanser… Literally and Figuratively

Doesn’t that look delicious, simple and super duper craveable? I know, right?!?! There is no fancy foot (or finger) work on this either. It also makes great left overs. If you can, slice, dice, and follow my pesto recipe, you are good and set. It really is as simple as it is tasty. I do not have anything particularly clever to say. And since my first introduction tangent had to do with molesting a classic American dessert, I say I shut up and get to the food. Am I right?

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