Move over plain old grilled cheese, this simple smoked turkey brie and apple panini is the best sandwich you will ever eat. Ever.

I’m about to go out on a limb and declare something here and now. This was the best sandwich I’ve ever eaten.

Really. I’m not lying. I’ve heard of people doing crazy things like putting sliced apples on sandwiches and figured I might as well try it if I wanted to form a real opinion.

Panini cut in half with melted brie and turkey.

I made this concoction on a whim due to some brie that landed in my fridge via my husband’s cheese cooler at work (don’t worry, he paid for it!), and seriously, as I was eating this, I would devour a bite then look at my husband and roll my eyes in delight, eat a bite then look at my 5-year old and say, “is this not the most divine sandwich ever?” which was a little lost on him since he opted for a plain old cheddar grilled cheese, and the pattern just continued until the entire sandwich was gone…in a flash.

I could eat this sandwich every day for the rest of my life.

As a sidenote, I don’t own a panini press and still make panini sandwiches all the time using my indoor grill pan and a heavy cast iron skillet to press it as it grills.

And if it helps, it really isn’t much of a recipe – more just a list of ingredients layered on each other. Try it. I want you to love it as much as I did!

Turkey and brie panini cut in half on a white plate.
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Smoked Turkey Brie and Apple Panini

4.43 stars (7 ratings)


  • Artisan, sourdough or french bread, cut into desired slices
  • Shaved or sliced smoked turkey
  • 4 ounces Brie cheese, wax removed and cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 1 medium apple, cored and cut into thin slices (I used a Gala apple)
  • ½ medium red onion, thinly sliced into half moons


  • In a small saucepan, melt 1 teaspoon oil over medium heat. When hot, add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until they are browned and beginning to caramelize, 10-12 minutes. Set aside.
  • Place a single layer of brie on one slice of the bread. Top with sliced turkey, apples, caramelized onions and finally with another layer of brie. Place the other slice of bread on top of the sandwich.
  • Preheat a skillet or indoor grill pan to medium heat. Place sandwich in the pan and top with a heavy skillet or panini press (I have a cast iron panini press I use with my indoor grill pan).
  • Grill 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown and heated through.

Recipe Source: My Kitchen Cafe