Chicken Sausage, Apple Butter and Fontina Panini with Caramelized Red Onions

by on October 2, 2011

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Raise your hand if you’re new to apple butter…am I the only one? I never heard of it until last year when I was preparing a recipe that called for it, but I’ve since learned that apple butter is pretty popular in some parts of the country (evidently not so much in California). Once I got past my surprise over it being a lot more like applesauce than actual butter I realized its bold, concentrated apple flavor would be a perfect panini condiment, especially in autumn.

For my Chicken Sausage, Apple Butter and Fontina Panini with Caramelized Red Onions, I matched the intense flavor of the apple butter with some equally bold smoky, nutty and sweet flavors. It’s a true sweet and savory mouthful – they were terrific. I grilled these sandwiches on ciabatta but any nice, crusty bread would be ideal.

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1 Diane {Created by Diane} October 2, 2011 at 11:40 pm

looks delicious!
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2 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. October 3, 2011 at 5:05 am

omg my mouth is watering
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3 Jill October 3, 2011 at 7:36 am

I want to eat this NOW!

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4 Heather B October 3, 2011 at 9:43 am

What a delicious combination of flavors! Going to the store today to get these ingredient so I can make this week.

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5 Kalyn October 3, 2011 at 9:59 am

I know about apple butter, but I think putting it on a panini is just brilliant!!
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6 Amy October 3, 2011 at 10:15 am

I actually just made apple butter ebelskivers for breakfast yesterday. Love apple butter. And now I have another use for it. Printing…
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7 Kathy October 3, 2011 at 10:26 am

How perfect! Now I have another use too. 🙂

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8 Rachel @ Bakerita October 3, 2011 at 10:51 am

Oh man – those chicken apple sausages are my favorite and I recently made apple butter! This sounds soooo good…oh how I wish I had a real kitchen up here! I do have my panini maker though…so I may have sacrifice the caramelized onions, but this panini will be made ASAP!
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9 Kathy October 3, 2011 at 11:39 am

Are you in school, Rachel? I’ve been wondering if kids in college have panini makers…I sure wish I did!

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10 Wenderly October 3, 2011 at 12:58 pm

That panini has all of my favorite flavors! Sound positively *perfect*!

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11 Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) October 3, 2011 at 4:13 pm

I usually like making apple butter more than eating it, but I can imagine the flavor with the chicken sausage — ooooh yum.
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12 Kathy October 3, 2011 at 4:38 pm

I’d love to try making some soon. I’ve seen some good slow cooker recipes!

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13 I am LOVD October 4, 2011 at 6:40 am

You never cease to amaze with your Panini Posh!!! I just made some simple grilled cheese sandwiches for some girlfriends that were over yesterday and they were amazed at the Panini’s Prowestt. Neither have Panini makers, but they will…soon!!!!
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14 Juan October 4, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Ahh apple butter is great! I haven’t tried this one yet but I imagine it would provide a nice interesting flavor when compared to the rather bland meat that usually goes into such sandwhiches. I know that Panera had a sandwhich with has sweet and spicy peppers with a humus sauce and I always loved the hint of sweetness when ever I had this sandwich
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15 Karen October 4, 2011 at 7:27 pm

Apple Butter….mmm, we had it all the time during the summer growing up. They had it on my grandfather’s camp tables morning, noon and night, alongside the real butter and peanut butter. I will say, the name is a bit misleading as it doesn’t really taste buttery enough. This panini sounds fantastic though! (Then again, anything with caramelized onions does if you ask me!) Good idea!

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16 Kate Stewart-Taylor October 5, 2011 at 7:08 pm

I grew up making and eating apple butter. There is also butter pear butter, apricot, cherry, plum, tomato grape (in my neck of the woods scuppernong or Muscadines) and pumpkin butter. It was mostly a way to keep fruit through the winter without needing to use lots of sugar or pectin.

I grew up eating apple butter and peanut butter sandwiches.

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17 Kathy October 5, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Wow, that’s quite the medley! I’ve definitely got pumpkin butter on my radar to try on a sandwich soon. Trying to decide what would go well with it…

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18 naomi October 6, 2011 at 10:28 am

OMG, Kathy, my mouth is watering. I’ll trade you dessert, any kind for one of these.
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19 Kathy October 6, 2011 at 11:03 am

You’re on!

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20 grace October 7, 2011 at 8:38 am

i adore apple butter; i think it’s my favorite condiment-type item. that said, i’ve never ever paired it with sausage or cheese, much less the two together. magical!
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21 Gavin November 12, 2011 at 1:11 pm

Thank you for this recipe, I made it last Thursday for about 20 people. It was excellent, everyone greatly enjoyed it and especially liked the addition of apple butter for more sweetness. I hadn’t tried putting chicken apple sausage on a sandwich before, and it was a good idea I will have to use it again.
Thanks again!

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22 Kathy November 12, 2011 at 1:47 pm

That’s terrific to hear, Gavin – I’m glad you all enjoyed it!

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23 Christina March 31, 2017 at 1:55 am

There is a town in California that makes apple butter. It is called Julian, California it’s a small town in the mountains of San Diego. They make apple butter, apple pies, and other apple-based goodies and they ship!

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24 Kathy Strahs March 31, 2017 at 6:50 am

I’m a former San Diegan and know it well! Fond memories of Julian apple picking and pie eating. 🙂 ~ Kathy

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