Stuffed Pork, Cheddar, and Apple Panini
These flavors were meant for each other, and this combination makes a terrific kid-friendly and healthy sandwich for lunch.
- 8 boneless pork loin chops, cut 1/4-inch thick and trimmed (10 to 12 ounces total)
- 4 Tbs apricot preserves
- 2 Tbs Dijon-style mustard
- nonstick cooking spray
- 8 slices country wheat bread, 1/2-inch thick
- 3 Tbs margarine, softened
- 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and sliced 1/8-inch thick
- 4 oz sharp Cheddar cheese, reduced-fat (made with 2% milk/fat free), thinly sliced
- In a small bowl, combine apricot preserves and mustard. Set aside.
- Coat a large skillet with cooking spray. Over medium-high heat, cook pork chops for 2 to 3 minutes or until internal temperature of pork reaches 160 F, turning pork chops over halfway through cooking. Remove from pan and set aside.
- Drain pan of juices and scrape bits from bottom of pan with metal spatula. Wipe pan dry with paper towels..
- To assemble sandwiches, spread one side of each slice of bread with about 1 teaspoon margarine. Place bread slices, buttered sides down on clean cutting board. Spread unbuttered sides with apricot-mustard mixture. On half of the bread slices, layer pork, apple and cheese. Place remaining bread slices on top, buttered sides up, to form sandwiches.
- Meanwhile, preheat skillet over medium heat. Place the 2 sandwiches in skillet without a Panini press. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until cheese is melted and bread is toasted. Repeat cooking remaining 2 sandwiches.
- *To cook sandwiches using an electric Panini grill, preheat grill according to manufacturer's directions. Place sandwich(s) on grill; lower top of grill and grill for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted and bread is toasted.
Recipe courtesy of the National Pork Board
Serving Suggestion: Serve with a warm bowl of soup and carrot sticks.
Calories from Fat 162 (36%)
(28%)Total Fat 18g
(37%)Saturated Fat 7g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Total Carbohydrate 45g
(20%)Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
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