Ham Panini with Blackberry Mustard

Ham Panini with Blackberry Mustard

 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

 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!

Ham Panini with Blackberry Mustard

Ham Panini with Blackberry Mustard
 
Ham and Fontina Panini with a Blackberry Mustard.
Recipe type: Sandwich
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 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
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • 1½ tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
Instructions
  1. To make Blackberry Mustard, combine blackberries, Dijon mustard, sugar, honey, rosemary, and cayenne in a small saucepan.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring and mashing blackberries with the back of a spoon, until mixture comes to a boil.
  3. 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.
  4. Spread some butter on 1 side of each piece of bread.
  5. Spread the other side of 4 pieces of bread with blackberry mustard.
  6. Divide the shredded cheese on the non-buttered side of the remaining slices. Top with ham and the blackberry mustard coated slices.
  7. Heat a Panini grill and grill sandwiches one at a time until cheese is melted. Alternately you can use a griddle or nonstick skillet.

 

24 thoughts on “Ham Panini with Blackberry Mustard

  1. 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!

  2. 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

  3. 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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