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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Crystal Farms Sharp Cheddar Cheese & Apple Panini

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Crystal Farms Cheese for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
(Be sure to check out the giveaway at the end of this post!)
Crystal Farms Sharp Cheddar Cheese & Apple Panini
Sometimes, Mr. B is so easy to make a quick weeknight meal for.  One of his favorite foods is as simple as a sandwich. When I asked him the other night what he wanted for dinner he answered "can we just have sandwiches?". But of course!  I went digging through the fridge and pantry and saw that we had some Crystal Farms cheese, a couple of apples and some ciabatta bread. I just knew that these ingredients could come together and make a pretty fine sandwich.
Ingredients for Crystal Farms Sharp Cheddar Cheese & Apple Sandwiches
As much as we love marble jack cheese, I chose to go with the sharp cheddar for this sandwich as I knew it would complement the golden delicious apple really well. 

I have been buying Crystal Farms cheese products for some time now. They have been around since 1926 and are committed to providing the highest quality cheese to their consumers. I like that the products are all-natural, contain very little preservatives, and are a terrific source of calcium. For those of you on special diets, they are also gluten free!  Bonus points for tasting yummy too!

Now, on to sandwich making!  Thinly slice some cheese and do the same with an apple. Cut your ciabatta bread and add a good spread of some deli mustard on each cut side.  Layer on the apples and the cheese on one slice of bread and then place the other slice of bread on top. Spread just a small amount of butter on the top piece of bread. Set on a preheated panini press and close the top. 
If you don't own a panini press, no worries, just use a hot non stick or cast iron skillet. Heat until the cheese has melted and the bread is nicely toasted. 
Crystal Farms Sharp Cheddar & Apple Panini
Oh I love the sight of ooey gooey cheese! The apples are warm and soft and add just the right amount of sweetness.  The deli mustard brings that perfect blend of spices to the sandwich.
Crystal Farms Sharp Cheddar Cheese & Apple Panini
Oh yeah!  It was a hit!  My mother-in-law loved it even more when she found out Crystal Farms cheeses are lactose tolerant! And Mr. B? Well let's just say this has already been requested again for dinner!

You can find tons of other recipes using Crystal Farms cheese by following Crystal Farms on Pinterest or by visiting Crystal Farms Favorites.

Wait!! Don't leave yet!  In honor of my upcoming birthday, you can enter to win this awesome La Creuset Serving platter! 
All you have to do is leave a comment below telling me what your favorite cheese recipe is! This giveaway ends at 12:12 PM (Mountain Time) (the exact time I was born) on Sunday February 15th and is only open to US mailing addresses (NO PO BOX). 
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58 comments:

  1. I LOVE Panini's. Just had them the other night

    Cindy

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  2. My favorite is a classic grilled cheese sandwich!

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  3. How can anyone pick a favorite cheese recipe? It's cheese!! I'd say any salad with REAL Greek Feta or grilled halloumi. Yum!

    Happy Birthday Kathe!

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  4. Love that dish! My favorite cheese dish is homemade mac and cheese!

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  5. Favorite recipe...so many cheese favorites! Creamy ham and mac is one of them though! I don't even shred block cheese...just slice it up! http://www.thissimplehome.com/2014/06/creamy-ham-and-mac.html

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  6. My favorite is Mac and cheese...Yum!

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  7. I love baked potato soup with lots of cheese and I adore grilled cheese sandwiches. Your sandwiches look wonderful! Thanks for letting me know that the cheese is gluten free too! And a giveaway for Le Creuset? How awesome. They are my favorite dishes in the world. Crossing my fingers and toes :)

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  8. Classic mac and cheese! Homemade with breadcrumbs on top, of course!

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  9. That sandwich looks and sounds so delicious. My favorite cheese dish would be a Chicago cheese and tomato pizza - oh my they are yummy!

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  10. I love cheese sandwiches! Grilled or with lots of mayo~ yum~
    hugs,
    Linda

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  11. Grilled deli turkey and cheese sandwich is my favorite! All that warmness just oozing with each bite? Yum!

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  12. I love pairing cheese and fruit. Apples from the local orchard and sharp cheddar are my favorite pairings :)

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. My favorite is grill cheese and bacon sandwich with grapes on the side.
    Angel

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  14. I love grilled cheese with ham and mustard on a good grainy bread.

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  15. My favorite recipe is baked ziti where the main ingredient is three bags of cheese.

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    1. My favorite cheese is Brie with slice apples

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  17. This looks so good! I love all of these flavors so I know this is going to be a home run. I can't wait to try it. Thanks so much for linking up to our Something to Talk About Link Party. We can't wait to see what you have in store next week! CoCo

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  18. It's always hard to pin it down....but may favourite cheese recipe this month is a parmesan cheese "fondue" which is actually a wonderful topping for a salad.

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  19. I love grilled cheese sandwiches. They're my ultimate comfort food.

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  20. My family and I love cheese pizza! My boys would eat it every meal, every day if I would let them!

    heatherp626@msn.com

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  21. Love apple and cheese Panini's....we use our waffle iron to make them and they are totally awesome..
    Happy Foodie

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  22. Your panini looks really great! Favorite cheese recipe? We go through so much cheese here because it's so good. I really love mac and cheese, but only homemade, not the box kind.

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  23. I have been making grilled cheese with melted butter and cheese on the outside... so good and crispy. I won't go back to regular grilled cheese again.

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  24. YUM, this panini is looking so good! Not sure if I have one particular FAVORITE cheese recipe, I rarely make a dish without cheese, but for a snack...a good slice of colby is perfect!

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  25. lol...pizza with lots of cheese :)

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  26. Happy birthday Kathe! Come down to TX and I'll serve you some of my favorite cheesy quesadillas. The sure would look yummy on that pretty blue platter. For what it's worth.

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  27. That's a tough choice but I think Port wine cheese and crackers is my fav!

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  28. Grilled cheese, macaroni and cheese, grits and cheese, cheese and crackers... I'm a wisconsin girl. there is no such thing as too much cheese!

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  29. That looks so delicious! I love the blue platter!

    Smiles,
    Carol

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  30. i love cheese everything. we put extra on pizza, & then there is the 3-4 slice grilled cheese. of course mac & cheese forever. snack on cheese sticks & bake them. my arteries are screaming !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    KARENJUNO1951@YAHOO.COM

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  31. I have to go with bacon mac and cheese

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  32. This sounds great for a quick dinner, Kathe! I don't think I could pick just one cheese recipe as a favorite .... anything that has cheese is a favorite! :D

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  33. My favorite cheese recipe is grilled cheese. I like to use 4 or 5 kinds of cheese, vary the bread and add ham and/or tomatoes.

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  34. Mac and cheese is my favorite cheesy meal. I also love a "cheese slaw" dip that I make.

    Paula@SweetPea
    http://www.virginiasweetpea.com

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  35. Homemade, stove top mac and cheese with a shredded block of sharp cheddar. Yum! Happy Birthday! :)

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  36. Oh, my husband makes us a corn souffle which is out of this world!

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  37. Oh yes, apples and cheese! Just can't go wrong. Now and then I fix me a cheese plate with granny smith apples for lunch. Luscious combination! The Panini sounds divine! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  38. Love a tuna melt with ooey gooey cheese :)

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  39. I love grilled cheese sandwiches, but I like to add things to them like slices of ham or tomatoes and bacon!

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  40. This looks so good, I love making easy dinners like this too! Double win that your mother-in-law enjoyed it as well! I wrote a post a few years ago about different grilled cheese recipes, I love ham and grilled cheese.

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  41. I love cheese stuffed mushrooms!!!!

    Hayley
    everydayhayley.com

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  42. From the pulpit on Sunday my Pastor was talking about how he loves apple pie with a slice of cheddar. I love that too and haven't had that in so long! Your sandwich reminded me of that and now I want to make this! I can just taste it now! Pinned!

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  43. My favorite cheese recipe is cheesy baked potatoes.

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  44. Being from Wisconsin, how can I possibly pick just one recipe, lol?! Ok....I am going to go with a tuna melt with provolone! Yum. Thanks so much for the chance to win. I adore LeCreuset. Jane

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  45. How hard is it to pick one favorite cheese recipe! I guess I would have to say Cheeseburger Soup! Perfect for a cold winter's day!
    - Nancy
    On The Home Front

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  46. Mmm, paninis! Love the idea of combining cheddar and apple - yum! Thanks for linking up at Creative Spark last week. Hope you'll join us again tomorrow - the party starts at 6am EST :)

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  47. It is hard to pick one! One of my favorites is a crisp green salad topped with goat cheese discs, dipped in egg was, then bread crumbs . Fry it till browned and place on top of the salad. Cut into it and let it ooze over the salad.. delicious! Thanks for the chance at the platter, I love LeC! Your paninis looks delicious!

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  48. I can't say I have a favorite. I love cheese on everything.. I will often eat it plain as a snack..

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  49. I use this brand a lot, very good cheese. My favorite cheesy dish, I have so many, but I think a good old fashioned mac and cheese with a mix of mild and sharp cheddars. And.....happy birthday to you! xo

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  50. I have to pick just one? I eat cheese at least once a day. I guess one evening I really wanted a snack. I had picked up a Cherokee chocolate heirloom tomato at a farm market that day. I chunked it and put it on wheat thins with a piece of Sharp white cheddar...it was the perfect taste combo.

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  51. Oh let's see ... homemade mac and cheese is pretty darn delicious.

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  52. Grilled cheese sandwiches simply rock, but I love my crockpot mac-n-cheese BIG time.

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  53. Macaroni & Cheese, homemade, baked with buttery panko breadcrumbs on top.

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  54. Grilled Cheese Sandwiches! The children are allergic to cow dairy, so we wait until they go to bed and make them. LOL Probably a terribly fattening bedtime snack. (I'm just commenting, not entering the contest - I'm in Canada.)

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