Smoked Turkey, Plum and Brie Panini Appetizers

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, softened , divided
  • 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 teaspoon butter on a slice of bread. Spread 1 tablespoon of preserves on top, then top with a few turkey slices, Brie slices, a sprinkle of walnuts (optional) and a few arugula leaves. Spread 1 teaspoon butter on another piece of bread and press it, buttered-side down, into the sandwich. Repeat with butter, bread, preserves, turkey, brie, walnuts, and arugula to create 4 total sandwiches.

Heat a heavy skillet over medium-low heat. Melt 1 teaspoon butter in the skillet, swirling the pan 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, 460 calories (200 from fat), 22g total fat, 12g saturated fat, 80mg cholesterol, 1100mg sodium, 42g carbohydrates, (2 g dietary fiber, .9g sugar), 26g protein.

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