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Ham and Brie Panini

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Welcome, sandwich lovers, to an experience of gourmet delight – the Ham and Brie Panini. 


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This recipe takes the everyday sandwich and elevates it to new heights of cooking delight. 

Imagine biting into a sandwich that combines the smoky saltiness of deli ham, the creamy richness of brie cheese, the crisp tartness of apple slices, and the fresh taste of baby spinach.

All of those yummy flavors are brought together by homemade honey mustard and held within the comforting embrace of thick slices of bread. 

And, if that’s not enough, the whole sandwich is then toasted to perfection, transforming it into a warm, melty treat.

It’s incredibly flavorful, with a balance of savory, sweet, and tangy flavor that will delight your taste buds.

A ham and brie sandwich is easy to make, requiring just a few simple steps.

It’s perfect for serving whenever: lunch, dinner, or a satisfying snack.

Ham brie apple sandwich is a great way to use up leftover ham or brie from other meals.

It’s a gourmet sandwich that you can make at home, no deli or café required!


All ingredients laid out on platter, ready to assemble.


What is Brie?

Brie is a soft, creamy cheese that originated in France. 

It’s known for its distinctive white rind, which is entirely edible, and its mild yet deeply satisfying flavor. 

Brie is a favorite in many dishes, from appetizers to sandwiches, and it’s especially delicious when melted, as in this Ham and Brie Panini.


Assembling a ham and brie panini


What Ingredients are in a Ham and Brie Panini?

  • Thick sliced bread: Provides the structure for our panini sandwich.
  • Ham: Deli ham adds the right amount of smoky, savory flavor.
  • Brie: The creamy brie gives our sandwich a luxurious richness.
  • Apple: Thin slices of crisp apples add a refreshing crunch and a hint of sweetness.
  • Baby spinach: A handful of fresh spinach offers a subtle earthy flavor and a dose of greens.
  • Homemade Honey Mustard: This sweet and tangy sauce ties all the flavors together.
  • Olive oil: Used to brush the outside of the sandwich, it helps achieve a crispy, golden brown crust.

Pro Tips:

  •  Consider using a hearty bread like a demi baguette or a sourdough for extra flavor and texture. 
  • For the best results, allow the brie to come to room temperature before slicing.


grilled ham and brie panini on counter stacked on top of each other


How to Make a Ham and Brie Panini

  1. Assemble the sandwich.
  2. Brush the outside of the sandwich with olive oil.
  3. Cook the sandwich in a panini press until the brie has melted and the bread is toasted to perfection.

Pro Tips: 

  • If you don’t have a panini press, you can use a grill pan or a large nonstick skillet and a heavy lid to press down the sandwich.
  • Make sure your panini press or skillet is preheated to medium-high heat for a perfectly toasted sandwich.


top view looking at a grilled panini sandwich cut in half


Can You Eat the White Outer Part of Brie?

Yes, the white outer part of brie, known as the rind, is completely edible. 

It has a slightly different texture than the creamy center, but it adds to the overall flavor experience of the cheese.

Can You Use Leftover Baked Brie for This Ham and Brie Panini?

Absolutely! Leftover baked brie would make an excellent addition to this panini. 

The creamy, melty brie would only enhance the delicious combination of flavors.


hand holding a panini sandwich, ready to eat


What Goes Well with a Ham and Brie Panini?

This panini pairs well with a variety of sides, from simple potato chips or a fresh salad to a cup of soup or some crisp, raw vegetables. 

A fruity beverage like apple cider  would also pair with the sandwich nicely.

Can You Freeze Brie Cheese?

Yes, brie cheese can be frozen for up to three months. 

However, keep in mind that the texture may change slightly upon thawing, becoming a bit more crumbly. 

It will still melt beautifully and taste delicious in a panini though!


zoomed in stacked up panini sandwiches with melted cheese


What Kind of Apple Works Best for Paninis?

Green apples, like Granny Smith, are a great choice for paninis. 

Their tart flavor and firm texture hold up well against the heat and provide a nice contrast to the creamy brie and savory ham. 

However, you can experiment with other types of apples as well to find your favorite combination.

Is a Panini the Same as a Grilled Cheese?

Ahh cheese sandwiches! What is the difference between them?

While a panini and a grilled cheese sandwich share some similarities – they are both toasted, often involve cheese, and are made from two pieces of bread – they are not the same thing. 

A grilled cheese sandwich typically involves American cheese melted between two slices of bread. 

A panini can have a variety of fillings and is usually made with a denser bread and cooked in a panini press that gives it characteristic grill marks.

Your Ham and Brie Panini is sure to be a hit, whether you’re serving it up for lunch, dinner, or a snack on busy weeknights. 

This recipe is a delicious way to elevate your sandwich game and will have you feeling like you’re dining at your favorite café, right in the comfort of your own home!


a brie panini sandwich stacked on top of each other, with a bite removed from the top half

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Indulge in the rich, creamy, and decadent Ham and Brie Panini. It’s a gourmet delight, perfect for a quick lunch or a comforting dinner!


grilled ham and brie panini on counter stacked on top of each other

Ham and Brie Panini

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes

Savor the gourmet delight of our Ham and Brie Panini recipe – a perfect blend of creamy, savory, sweet, and tangy, toasted to perfection!


  1. Layer ham, brie, apple and spinach on one slice of bread; slather honey mustard on the inside of the second slice.
  2. Brush outside of sandwich with olive oil.
  3. Place in panini press and cook evenly on both sides until brie has melted.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Sodium: 3mg
Originally Posted: April 15, 2017

Photos & Text Updated: October 22, 2023


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Little Cooking Tips

Thursday 11th of May 2017

Awesome! Just Awesome! We have a great (electric) grill press and this is another -perfect- excuse for using it:):) Can't even begin to describe how much we loved this recipe Michelle:) Thank you sooo much! Sending you lots of hugs! xoxoxo

DearCreatives (@DearCreatives)

Thursday 27th of April 2017

Looks so yummy. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Pinned & shared.

angie the freckled rose

Tuesday 25th of April 2017

This looks absolutely delicious! Thank you so much for sharing with us at Dishing It & Digging It & congratulations on being featured this week!


Sunday 23rd of April 2017

Delicious looking sandwich! Thanks for linkin' up What's Cookin' Wednesday!

Lisa Silfwerbrand

Sunday 23rd of April 2017

This looks yummy! Thank you for linking it up to the Inspiration Galore Project party. You are one of my features this week over at Recreated Designs. Happy weekend!

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