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APPLE WEEK: APPLE, HAM AND CHEDDAR MELT

Fall's favorite fruit has to be the apple. This week, we'll share five ways to maximize your apple enjoyment. Today's recipe comes from Martha Stewart's "Everyday Living" magazine.

INGREDIENTS

8 slices whole-wheat sandwich bread

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon yellow mustard

1/2 lb. sharp cheddar cheese, thinly sliced

1/2 lb. ham, thinly sliced

1 medium Fuji apple, cored and cut into 1/4-inch-thick rings

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spread half the bread slices with mustard. Layer with cheddar, ham, apple, and more cheddar, dividing evenly. Top with remaining bread slices. Lightly butter both sides of sandwiches.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Working in batches, cook sandwiches, turning once, until bread is golden, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer sandwiches to a rimmed baking sheet. Bake in oven until cheddar is melted, about 5 minutes. Cut each sandwich in half on the diagonal, and serve warm. Makes 4.

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