Ham & nectarine paninis with gouda cheese are inspired by Joanna’s recipe from Magnolia Magazine!  Melty Gouda cheese and ham alone make a great panini, but the addition of nectarines make this sandwich a real keeper.  Kids are pleased, dinner is warm with little prep or mess, and they’re versatile enough to serve with a number of sides.

Joanna’s panini (or toastie) version included peaches and prosciutto which has a nice ring to it.  It does sound a bit more fancy than a ham and gouda panini, but it’s the taste that I care about most.  I’m confident either panini will win you over.  It’s a warm sandwich with melty cheese…

…just don’t eat it in the shower like Joey from Friends. #stillafan

joey eating a sandwich in the shower

Since I’m a wee bit behind in posting this recipe and we’re now days away from Christmas, when nectarines might not be as freshly available, thinly sliced crisp apples or pears would be great too!

ham & nectarine panini

Paninis require no skills.  Start with a good bakery bread + choice of meat/veggies/fruit or combination + choose a little sauce factor + add a little crunch if desired + slather the bread with butter and press!  

Joanna’s toastie included putting mayo on the *outside* of the bread which I’ve not tried.  The mayo I keep on hand is the light stuff made with olive oil…I’m thinking the real kind would be amazing.  Just like real butter, there’s no real comparison. For real.

We chose standard white bakery bread but a flavored variety would be great too for a little extra something.  We used finely shredded romaine lettuce (once removed from panini press) for that cool crunch in every bite.  The sweet kiss of nectarines paired with ham and gouda makes this panini so refreshing.

To bring the panini all together with a little extra creaminess and zing, a simple mixture of lite mayo and whole grain dijon mustard slathered on the insides of the bread did the trick.  

*I really should make these again and photograph the cheese oozing out…it’s there, and it was gooda.

ham and nectarine panini with gouda cheese

We served our paninis with fresh sweet corn (hey, I did say I was a little late posting!), but would be great with soup, salad or veggie.

After you try our ham and nectarine panini with gouda cheese, give our other favorite panini combinations a go!  It’s hard to screw up a panini, really.  

Try these other favorite panini combinations: 

*leftover grilled chicken, pesto, cheese, tomatoes and lettuce

*leftover fajita peppers and chicken/steak, cheddar cheese, avocado

*ham, sautéed onions, jalapeño cream cheese, lettuce

*turkey, red pepper and onions, chipotle laughing cow cheese

*leftover meatloaf, provolone cheese, sautéed onions


Remember this episode???

joey sandwich king

Do you need a recipe for a panini?

Ham and Nectarine Panini with Gouda Cheese!


  • Your choice of hearty bread
  • deli sliced smoked ham, 2oz. per panini (or prosciutto)
  • Gouda cheese (fontina would be good as used in Magnolia Market's recipe)
  • nectarines, apples, or crisp pears
  • romaine lettuce
  • 2 TB light mayo
  • whole grain dijon mustard to taste
  • butter


  1. Hardly a recipe at all, but here goes...
  2. butter one side of each slice of bread
  3. layer ham, cheese, and sliced nectarines on non-buttered side.
  4. Mix mayo with a little dijon mustard and spread on the other slice, non-buttered side.
  5. Place sandwich butter sides up on preheated panini press and close.
  6. If you don't have a panini press, cook in a skillet like a grilled cheese pressing the sandwich down after it's been flipped once.
  7. Cook until desired crispiness and cheese is melty.
  8. Allow to cool slightly then slice in half.
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