Smoked Turkey, Plum and Brie Panini Appetizers

Serves 8 to 10

We love the combination of turkey and brie, but smoked ham and sharp cheddar cheese are a great pairing for these toasted panini appetizers, too. Serve them warm for the best results.

Ingredients: 
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for skillet
  • 8 slices French or country bread, sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 1/4 cup plum or apricot preserves
  • 1 pound smoked turkey breast, sliced
  • 1 (400-gram) wheel Brie, sliced
  • 1/4 cup toasted walnuts, chopped (optional)
  • 4 ounces baby arugula, up to 6 ounces
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Method: 

Spread 1/2 tablespoon butter on a slice of bread. Spread 1 tablespoon of plum preserves on top, then add a few slices of turkey and Brie, then a sprinkle of walnuts (optional) and a few arugula leaves. Spread 1/2 tablespoon butter on another piece of bread and press it, buttered-side down, into the sandwich. Set aside. Repeat to create 4 total sandwiches.

Warm a heavy skillet over medium-low heat. Add 1 tablespoon butter and let it melt; swirl the pan around to coat. Place one sandwich in skillet and weigh it down with a heavy pot (or an ordinary brick wrapped in aluminum foil) to compress the sandwich. Toast, compressed, about 1 minute on each side. Repeat with remaining sandwiches and cut each into appetizer-sized slices before serving.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:Serving size: About 1/2 sandwich, 410 calories (180 from fat), 20g total fat, 11g saturated fat, 75mg cholesterol, 960mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (2g dietary fiber, 6g sugar), 22g protein

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