Apple Cheddar Paninis with Marinated Pork Chops

This winter is killing me. Not literally, but it’s been a couple years since I’ve felt this desolate for such a long time. I know it’s been rough all over the country and this is just typical SoDak weather…But I know it’s bad when even Jay succumbs to the winter blues and he gets depressed and dejected and longs for warmth and sunshine. Instead, we’d all rather hibernate until March, or April. So I’ve been spending a lot of time thinking of things I want to make (if I stay busy in the kitchen, I don’t have to focus on feeling trapped by the weather) and these Apple Cheddar Paninis with Marinated Pork Chops made a delicious lunch for us.

Apple Cheddar Paninis with Marinated Pork ChopsJay’s one who will eat pork in just about any fashion or for any meal (if I let him). I asked the bambino if he’d be willing to try a sandwich with a pork chop, some cheese, and some sliced apples. His face fell as soon as I mentioned the apples. Silly child. Jay was just thrilled I’d suggested lunch, and since it involved pork, he was willing to try it.

Apple Cheddar Paninis with Marinated Pork ChopsServed alongside some crispy oven fries, they were a hit!

Apple Cheddar Paninis with Marinated Pork Chops
 
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Recipe type: Sandwich
Serves: 4
Ingredients
For the Marinade:
For the Sandwiches:
  • 8 slices sourdough bread
  • 8 slices cheddar cheese
  • 1 large Braeburn apple, thinly sliced, peeled if desired
  • walnut oil
Instructions
  1. In a shallow dish, whisk together the walnut oil, red apple balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper. Place the pork chops in the dish, turning to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Remove the chops from the marinade. In a medium skillet, cook the pork chops over medium heated until browned and cooked through, 2-3 minutes per side. Set aside.
  3. Begin heating a panini press and assemble the sandwiches. Place 4 slices of sourdough down on a work surface. Place a slice of cheddar on each piece of bread. Top that with a pork chop, and 3-4 slices of apple. Top with another piece of cheddar and a slice of sourdough. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.
  4. Brush both sides of the sandwiches with walnut oil, then cook on the panini press until the cheese is melted and the sourdough is crisp and golden. Slice in half to serve.

Well, they were a hit with Jay…The bambino spent all day basically just staring at his without eating more than a bite, and I even left the apples off his!

Apple Cheddar Paninis with Marinated Pork ChopsIt’s not much, but it helps beat the winter blues!

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2 thoughts on “Apple Cheddar Paninis with Marinated Pork Chops

  1. Oooooooh, a warm cheesy sandwich sounds so good right now. My grandpa would always eat apple pie with a big slice of cheddar on top. I thought that was the weirdest thing until I grew up and realized what a good combo it is. :)

    This winter has been ridiculous! We have been battling sickness after sickness this year, and I think it’s because it’s been too frigid to go outside. We’re all cooped up together. I’m over it.

    • My dad occasionally eats apple pie with a slice of cheddar on it too–I always thought that was weird, but I’m not a fan of apple pie, so I never knew how good the apple/cheddar combo was!

      I hope the extended weather forecast holds true and we get above freezing for an extended period next week. I need to be outside (and I’m not even an outdoor kind of gal!)!!!