Ham & Maple Melts

Today’s panini was a fun quick dinner. I was inspired by Blunch who has a panini called “The Piglet” with black forest ham, smoked bacon, maple aioil, sliced tomato on multi grain. I went for the ham & maple aoli theme and panini-ified some soft rolls. Paninis are the best for dinner since they’re fast and can still be special. We had these with some tomato/cuke/feta salad.

The Three Bite Rule - Ham & Maple Melts

Ingredients:

1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 soft rolls
4-5 slices of ham
1 cup shredded gruyere
2 cups arugula

Directions:

Mix together the mayo, maple, and cinnamon.
The Three Bite Rule - Ham & Maple Melts
Heat a panini press or grill pan to medium heat.
Assemble the sandwiches by spreading the maple aoli onto the bread generously, then layering the ham, cheese, and arugula.
The Three Bite Rule - Ham & Maple Melts
Press or grill the sandwiches until the outside is crisp and the cheese melts.
Slice & enjoy!
The Three Bite Rule - Ham & Maple Melts
The maple aoli is light but so good. I thought the cinnamon was key! The arugula is ideal because it is so peppery and holds up well to the sandwich getting cooked.

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