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Bacon Apple and Brie Panini

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April is National Grilled Cheese Month and this gooey, Bacon  Apple and Brie Panini is one spectacular way to celebrate.

When you need an easy, delicious meal, this upscale grilled cheese sandwich will do the trick. Perfect for lunch, dinner or a snack!

Bacon Apple & Brie Panini quarters stacked on a white plate with grapes

Bacon Apple and Brie Panini

Discovering “panini” bread in the bakery section of one of my favorite markets, set this recipe in motion. Once I had my bread selected, I quickly chose the meltiest cheese I could think of, a gooey Brie.  Salty strips of bacon and thinly sliced crisp apple slices completed my quest for a complex combination of textures and flavors. A smear of mustard added the perfect tang. Yes, this Bacon Apple and Brie Panini was one fabulous, gourmet grilled cheese to celebrate grilled cheese month.

Close view of sliced Bacon Apple & Brie Panini on a white plate

Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipes

I love fancy, gourmet grilled cheese sandwich recipes with specialty cheeses, and other twists on the American cheese versions of our youth. Bill, AKA the picky hubby, pulled out his apple slices but loved the trifecta of Brie, Bacon and the mustard mayo spread. I was A-OK with that! What’s your favorite gourmet grilled cheese combo?? This Bacon Apple and Brie Panini may be mine!

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Bacon Apple & Brie Panini halves on a white plate with grapes


Bacon Apple and Brie Panini

Bacon Apple and Brie Panini

A gourmet grilled cheese sandwich with bacon, brie and apple slices!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Yield 1 sandwich


For each sandwich:

  • 2 slices bread (7-inch diameter Panini bread) or favorite bread
  • 2 teaspoons butter, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons Dijonnaise like Durkee's Famous Mustard Sauce
  • 2 slices of thick bacon, cooked and cut in half
  • 3 ounces Brie, rinds removed (I used about 3 ounces of an 8-ounce wedge for one sandwich)
  • 1/4 of a crisp, flavorful apple, thinly sliced (I used a Honeycrisp)


  1. Melt about 1 tablespoon of butter in a non-stick saute pan over medium heat. Spread some of the mustard sauce over the surface of one slice of bread and place that slice, mustard side up, into the pan. Layer the bacon, apple and cheese over the mustard. Spread butter over the second slice of bread and place over the fillings, butter side up.
  2. Cook until the Brie starts to melt and the bread is browned, adjusting the burner temperature as needed. Flip the sandwich and cook until the cheese is thoroughly melted.
  3. Slice in half or into quarters and serve warm.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 Sandwich

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1255 Total Fat: 88g Saturated Fat: 50g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 33g Cholesterol: 281mg Sodium: 2095mg Carbohydrates: 72g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 8g Sugar: 30g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 37g
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22 comments on “Bacon Apple and Brie Panini”

  1. My mouth is watering, Liz. I like to use flatbread to make something similar, but not looking as good as yours.

  2. Panini sandwiches are such a treat and yours looks delicious. It might be my favorite also.

  3. I guess we’ll pass on the Cambell’s Tomato Soup:@) This sounds very fancy (and yummy) indeed!

  4. You know I love the bacon-apple combo, looks delicious!

  5. This is definitely no ordinary grilled cheese. I love the flavors in your sandwich. Sounds delicious.

  6. This is such a delicious combination and that mustard just tops it off perfectly!

  7. I think is perfect!! look absolutely
    delicious Lizzy!!

  8. That sounds yummy, Liz.

  9. I’m so glad I’m not finding out about grilled cheese month until now or I’d have been eating grilled cheese on a daily basis all month long. SO GOOD! This sandwich looks so fab–all that melty brie has me dying right now!

  10. What a divine sandwich, you’ve combined three perfect flavours and the melted brie just makes this such a moreish treat.

  11. Apple and mustard go so well together. Of course, I put mustard on just about everything 🙂 Brie would make such a great grilled cheese since it is so melty.

  12. I love the combination of flavors in this sandwich. So delicious!

  13. Wow! Such great ingredients…bacon and apple are a great combination. Can’t wait to try this gorgeous panini, Liz!

  14. I could have found my new favorite panini right here!

  15. Mmm … that melted brie looks spectacular!

  16. Brie is a beautiful choice for a BLT avec apple! Happy National Grilled Cheese month =)

  17. I have never seen panini bread but I’m going to go look for it and makes this! My hubby would love this combination …as much as me. Great post!

  18. Did you say it’s grilled cheese month? How on earth do you manage to keep up with it all? Totally in admiration, Liz. Yes, Brie sounds a lovely melter and love the combination you have here.

  19. Perfect panini! So good! I love the whole ingredients, it must be so nice! xo

  20. I love this sandwich. I make one with sliced chicken, brie, caramelized onions and cashews and I think your sandwich will make me as happy when I eat it. Yum.

  21. I’ve never had brie before and I think this sandwich should be my maiden voyage. There are enough sandwiches here to keep me busy and satisfied for a very long time!

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