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Stuffed Pork, Cheddar, and Apple Panini

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Quick Facts

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 15 min.
Total: 25 min.
Liz Ward, MS, RD
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.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 449
  Calories from Fat 162 (36%)
(28%)Total Fat 18g
(37%)Saturated Fat 7g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
(21%)Cholesterol 64mg
(35%)Sodium 829mg
(16%)Potassium 571mg
Total Carbohydrate 45g
(20%)Dietary Fiber 5g
Sugars 20g
Sugar Alcohols 0g
(59%)Protein 30g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Nutrition facts are calculated by a food expert using nutritional values provided by the USDA for common products used as recipe ingredients. Actual nutritional values may differ depending on the amounts or products used and can be affected by cooking methods.

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