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Sweet and Spicy Grilled Panini

Serves 4
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

Cost: $7.75

8 slices whole wheat bread
1 organic apple, any variety
1 small sweet onion
1 tbsp olive oil
2/3 cup fresh or dried cranberries
1/3 cup water
1 cup vegan pepper jack cheese, slices or shreds (Daiya or Follow Your Heart brands work well)
2-3 tbsp Earth balance butter


Begin by thinly slicing the onion into rings.  Place in a small sauté pan with olive oil and sauté until soft.  Meanwhile, place the cranberries and water in a small sauce pan and simmer over low heat until soft, about 10-15 minutes.  

While onions and cranberries are cooking, slice 8 thin pieces off the apple vertically. You will likely not use the whole apple, but there should be enough for 2 slices of apple per sandwich. 

When all the water has been absorbed by the cranberries, place in a food processor or blender and pulse to form a chunky cranberry "sauce."  

Now its time to assemble the sandwiches.  Heat a large frying pan, griddle, or panini maker over medium heat.  Spread the earth balance butter over one side of each slice of bread.  Place the buttered slice down on the griddle and top with vegan pepper jack cheese.  Next top with apple slices, then cranberry sauce, sautéd onion, and then more pepper jack cheese.  Place the second slice of bread on top, butter side up.  Push down hard on the top slice of bread so all the sandwich layers smush together! After 3-4 minutes, flip the sandwich over to toast the other side.  Push down again to flatten the sandwich.

Repeat with remaining sandwiches and serve warm!