Granola Crusted Apple and Turkey Panini Recipe

How to make a panini with turkey, cheddar cheese, sliced apples and a crunch from granola. Jump to the Granola Crusted Apple and Turkey Panini Recipe or read on to see our tips for making it.

Granola Crusted Apple and Turkey Panini Recipe

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Why You Should Add Granola to Your Paninis

I’ll admit the idea to add granola is a little odd. Trust me, though, it’s awesome. Especially when you are already playing with sweet and salty.

We use a panini press, but you could certainly use the stove top for this. Line up slices of smoked turkey, sharp cheddar cheese and apples on mustard and mayo slathered bread.

Making the sandwich

Butter the outer sides of the bread and press a bunch of granola into the butter. Onto the panini press it goes and in minutes you have one seriously amazing sandwich. Melted cheese, warm turkey, a sweet crunch from apples and crunchy buttery granola!

Adding the granola

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Recipe updated, originally posted November 2012. Since posting this in 2012, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

Granola Crusted Apple and Turkey Panini Recipe

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This easy panini recipe has melted cheese, turkey, a sweet crunch from apples and crunchy buttery granola! If you do not have a panini press, use the stove top – heat a skillet to medium heat then cook panini until golden brown on both sides and cheese has melted.

Makes 2 paninis

You Will Need

4 slices multigrain bread

1 tablespoon mayonnaise, see our homemade mayonnaise recipe

2 teaspoons brown mustard

8 slices deli-style turkey

4 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, sliced

1 medium apple, cored and sliced

1 tablespoon butter

4 tablespoons granola (click to see our homemade granola recipe)


    1Preheat a panini grill. (Or use a skillet over medium heat.)

    2While the grill heats, spread two bread slices with mayonnaise, and then spread two more bread slices with mustard. Place half of the turkey, cheese and apples onto bread slices with mayonnaise. Cover with bread slices spread with mustard. Smear top and bottom of sandwich with butter then press about 1 tablespoon of the granola onto the butter.

    3When grill is heated, place sandwiches on grill. Close grill and grill 3 to 5 minutes or until bread is golden brown and cheese is melted.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Substitute turkey with ham, roast beef or make it meat-free and use roasted red peppers.
  • Try using pears or peaches instead of apples.

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AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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12 comments… Leave a Review
  • E March 9, 2014, 8:13 pm

    Ooh yum! I’d make this with lemon pepper chicken from the local deli counter–delish!

  • Casey December 6, 2012, 5:13 pm

    This is seriously genius. It’s almost like a french toast / panini mixture. Amazing. I MUST try.

  • kate g. November 8, 2012, 9:25 pm

    that sounds so good, thanks for the idea.

  • Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes November 8, 2012, 1:41 pm

    This must be awesome with the crunchy granola!! I also like the addition of the apples. I would love to try this soon 🙂

    • Joanne November 9, 2012, 10:50 am

      oooh, you should try soon!

  • Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) November 7, 2012, 8:44 pm

    Umm… Ok. I need a granola crusted sandwich stat!!! I never would have thought of this but it sounds amazing!

    • Joanne November 9, 2012, 10:52 am

      Thanks 🙂

  • Samantha November 7, 2012, 11:26 am

    I would have never thought to use granola but my eyes are totally opened now! I’m a big sandwich lover so this recipe looks so great to me!

    • Joanne November 7, 2012, 4:28 pm

      So happy we opened your eyes 🙂

  • Rachael {SimplyFreshCooking} November 7, 2012, 9:41 am

    YUM!! This will be going into my tummy very soon! I’m thrilled that I have all of the ingredients to make this already, yet I would have never thought of it. Looking forward to having this for lunch soon… thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Joanne November 7, 2012, 4:29 pm

      Perfect 🙂

  • Abby@ The Frosted Vegan November 7, 2012, 8:56 am

    I never would have thought to coat a sandwich in granola and crunch it up that way! Can’t wait to try this : )


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