Emmental, Honey & Ham Panini Recipe

by on June 24, 2008

Emmental, Honey & Ham Panini

I may have a new favorite sandwich.  Now, I have enjoyed all of the panini on my blog or I wouldn’t have written them up (trust me, there a number that will never be repeated!), but today’s Emmental, Honey & Ham Panini was especially tasty.  Can’t-put-it-down good.  And it all hinged on the terrific flavor and texture of the Emmental cheese.  I’m definitely glad I decided to expand my cheese repertoire and launch my “Cheese, Please!” series.  If you missed it, you can read my post about the wonderful Emmental here.

Click here to read my post about Emmental cheeseWe hadn’t planned on involving honey in our little cheese tasting on Sunday.  My sister was a willing participant as I trotted out the cheeses I had just purchased at Bristol Farms, along with an array of condiments: fig jam, quince paste, sun-dried tomatoes.  We sampled the Emmental with each accompaniment, but we didn’t feel that any of them really stood up to the sharpness of the 14-month aged Premier Cru.

Emmental, Honey & Ham Panini in the making“How about honey?” my sister suggested.  It turns out she’s been making my Grilled Cheese & Honey Panini, with Raclette cheese, like a little fiend over at her apartment and can’t get enough of that sweet and savory combo.  That was the one!  The extra-sweetness of the honey was just the thing to mellow out the sharp Emmental.  The fig jam was close, but the honey was even better.

Emmental, Honey & Ham Panini on the panini grillHoney and Emmental on a slice of baguette made a great little appetizer, but for a full panini I thought I’d need one more ingredient to give it some substance.  We first thought of prosciutto, but decided it would be too salty.  But Black Forest ham, with its mild saltiness, provided just the right flavor balance.

Finally, I’ll mention that the seeded French baguette also proved to be the right choice for this sandwich.  In grilling, the baguette became very crisp on the outside while remaining gratifyingly soft on the inside.  The poppy and sesame seeds along the crust added a nice nutty finish.

Emmental, Honey & Ham Panini

Emmental, Honey & Ham Panini

Serves 4


1 seeded French baguette, cut into 5″ segments
12 slices Black Forest ham
Emmental cheese, sliced thinly


Preheat panini grill to medium-high heat (375 degrees).

Split each baguette segment in half lengthwise, forming top and bottom halves.

For each sandwich: Drizzle honey inside each baguette half.  On the bottom half, layer 3 slices of ham and several slices of cheese.  Place the top baguette half on top and press down gently to form the sandwich.

Grill each sandwich for 9-10 minutes (you may be able to fit them all on the grill at the same time, depending on the size of your grill) until the cheese has melted.  Serve immediately and enjoy!

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Erin June 24, 2008 at 9:41 am

And there it is…Yum Yum! Boy do I wish that was what I had for lunch today instead of boring leftovers.


2 Chuck June 24, 2008 at 10:32 am

That looks so good! I’m ready for lunch now.


3 rachel June 24, 2008 at 2:04 pm

This looks great! I love the honey-ham-cheese combo idea.


4 Rosa June 24, 2008 at 9:24 pm

Now, that’s what I call a scrumptious Panini! Really beautiful!




5 Nate June 25, 2008 at 12:02 pm

That looks perfect!


6 PaniniKathy June 25, 2008 at 3:27 pm

Erin & Chuck – I had it for lunch again today – I highly recommend!

Rachel – Thanks! Yeah, the three actually worked really well together.

Rosa & Nate – Thanks! And welcome to the blog! 🙂


7 Elle June 25, 2008 at 8:02 pm

Whenever i look at your photos, no matter what time of day it is, I get hungry! This looks incredible!


8 noble pig June 25, 2008 at 11:08 pm

Oh how I miss Bristol Farms….but that sandwich looks amazing with the melted cheese. Love it.


9 Kevin June 26, 2008 at 8:02 pm

That sounds good. I like the use of honey in it.


10 PaniniKathy June 26, 2008 at 10:17 pm

Elle – You made my day! Always working on improving my photography…glad your tummy likes them 🙂

Cathy – I was so glad when BF opened near me last year – so fun to go and graze on all their samples!

Kevin – Thanks! The honey really dials up the flavor of the sandwich.


11 Paula June 27, 2008 at 1:11 pm

That sandwich looks great! I like the idea of adding honey along with the ham and cheese. Lovely bread, too!


12 Meryl (Inspired Bites) July 3, 2008 at 5:57 am

My mouth is watering. I think I know what I’m having for lunch!


13 peabody July 11, 2008 at 2:27 am

So simple yet so tasty. This is going on my list of things to make for lunch this week!


14 Natasha July 14, 2008 at 12:37 pm

Mmmm… What’s not to love about this?? I must admit I’ve never tried honey on a savory sandwich before, but will do asap!


15 Kathy - My Online Meals March 28, 2010 at 12:38 am

One of the most gorgeous paninis I have ever seen! It looks so tasty and juicy! I want mine with lots of cheese please


16 Amethyst July 31, 2010 at 8:37 pm

We bought some Emmental for my husband’s birthday because he loves good cheese and we can rarely afford to buy it. We had never tried Emmental before and found it to not be a very good cheese for eating on its own. I’m so glad I stumbled across this website and found this recipe, because it was perfect and way simpler than most other recipes involving Emmental. Thank you!


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