Ham Panini with Blackberry Mustard

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Ham Panini slices stacked up with bowl of blackberry mustard next to them.

A ham and fontina cheese Panini slathered with mustard flavored with blackberries and rosemary is a wonderful twist on a traditional ham and cheese sandwich. A few weeks ago one of my friends brought us a Honey Baked Ham. We used to eat Honey Baked Hams all the time when I was younger and I just love the crunchy sweet coating of honey that frames each slice.

Ham Panini with Blackberry Mustard sliced in half and stacked.

I had some ham leftover and I wanted to make some sandwiches, but not just any sandwich. I wanted something different. For cheese I picked Fontina because I love how rich and creamy it is when melted. I had some blackberries that were dangerously close to turning into a fuzzy science project so I decided to make a blackberry mustard. I wanted to use a herb for more flavor and I chose Rosemary which next to sage is my favorite herb to use during the wintry months. The result was a hearty and delicious sandwich that is great by itself or paired with a bowl of soup. And with the gorgeous color of the mustard, it looks really pretty too.

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!

Panini slices stacked up with blackberries scattered.

Ham Panini with Blackberry Mustard

Ham Panini with Blackberry Mustard

Course: Sandwich
Servings: 4
Ham and Fontina Panini with a Blackberry Mustard.
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  • 8 slices Italian or French Bread
  • 1 pound sliced ham
  • 1 cup shredded Fontina cheese
  • 2-3 tablespoons butter, softened

Blackberry Mustard

  • 1 cup fresh blackberries
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch


  • To make Blackberry Mustard, combine blackberries, Dijon mustard, sugar, honey, rosemary, and cayenne in a small saucepan.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring and mashing blackberries with the back of a spoon, until mixture comes to a boil.
  • In a small bowl, mix together vinegar and cornstarch. Add to blackberry mixture. Stir to combine. Let mixture simmer for about 30 seconds and remove from heat.
  • Spread some butter on 1 side of each piece of bread.
  • Spread the other side of 4 pieces of bread with blackberry mustard.
  • Divide the shredded cheese on the non-buttered side of the remaining slices. Top with ham and the blackberry mustard coated slices.
  • Heat a Panini grill and grill sandwiches one at a time until cheese is melted. Alternately you can use a griddle or nonstick skillet.


26 thoughts on “Ham Panini with Blackberry Mustard

  1. How long can one store the Blackberry Mustard in the fridge? Sounds like a great homemade Christmas gift for my siblings.

  2. Saw this on Tasteologie and couldn’t get my mind off it so I called my husband running errands and asked him for the goods – it was amazing!!!!

    Great job!

  3. Christin, Your ham panini brought up a memory from long ago. Your Mom would often bring a Honey Baked Ham to the beach back when Charlotte was one of the few places that sold them. I remember being slightly horrified when Ken and Logan would race around the cottage trailing what seemed like several feet of ham behind them as I thought it was a special treat to be slowly savored! Love, Aunt Jean

  4. Seriously. Ham and cheese makes my heart beat faster. Such a classic combo made even better with this blackberry mustard! It’s getting to be lunch time around here, and I’m even more hungry after reading your post! Thank you for sharing!

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