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Ham Panini with Blackberry Mustard

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

Ham and Fontina Panini with a Blackberry Mustard.


  • 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.
Course: Sandwich

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27 thoughts on “Ham Panini with Blackberry Mustard”

  1. My husband doesn’t really care for mustard, but I had to try this after picking blackberries this morning. I only had whole wheat bread and Swiss cheese for our grilled ham and Swiss! Also, I halved the recipe. It still made a lot!


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

  3. Amy @ Elephant Eats

    Ham and cheese is the best sandwich! especially when the cheese is melty 🙂 I love the addition of balsamic and rosemary here…mmmm!

  4. Anne ~ Uni Homemaker

    I can totally go for one of these right about now as a midnight snack! 🙂 Looks amazing and I love that blackberry mustard. Delicious! 🙂

  5. 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!

  6. 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

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      I always associate Honey Baked Hams with beach trips Aunt Jean! I think that was the only time we ever had them!

  7. Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes

    Fontina is my FAVORITE cheese of all time! I’d love to try this sometime…

  8. Blackberry mustard is a fabulous creation! This panini looks delicious, and fontina cheese sounds perfect for that salty ham.

  9. Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor

    The blackberry mustard sounds incredible. And spread over a layer of ham and fontina cheese sounds like the perfect sandwich to me. Happy New Year, Christin!

  10. What a great combo of flavors here, love the sound of this panini. Happy New Year to you and your family Christin.

  11. Consuelo @ Honey & Figs

    What a truly awesome combo! This looks like one gorgeous panini that I’d looooove to eat ;–) Pinned!
    Happy New Year to you and your family! xxx

  12. Cailee @ hellohealthyeating.com

    This looks so delightful!! I’ve had sour dough bread with brie cheese and sour cherry jelly before… seriously one of the best things I’ve ever eaten!! YUM 🙂

  13. Shundara@SavyNaturalista

    Lovley Combo Christin with the blackberries and ham.. I never have any clue what to do with ham so I bet this was a lovely treat! Happy New Year..

  14. Jessica @ Jessiker Bakes

    This looks so tasty!! My mom is cooking ham as we speak and I am dying a little on the inside. I hope you have a Happy New Year Christin!!

  15. 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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