Apples can be sliced into thick rounds and cored to replace bread for making fun and healthy peanut butter sandwich appetizer recipes. Brush the apples with lemon juice to prevent it from browning. You can also sprinkle the peanut butter with some granola, chocolate chips, and raisins to turn the apple and peanut butter sandwich into dessert. Apple slices also make a refreshing easy appetizers addition to many kinds of sandwiches. The sweet and tart flavor and the crisp texture of apples complement and contrast a wide array of ingredients.
Apples can be added to sandwiches raw or they can be sautéed, grilled, roasted, or caramelized first before adding to sandwiches. Apples also go great with grilled cheese, and can be layered with slices of cheddar, bacon, onions, and mayonnaise or Dijon mustard, in between two slices of bread and then grilled on a grill pan or griddle oven over medium heat.
Pair apple slices with bitter greens like spinach and arugula for a delectable contrast. Chicken, turkey, pork roast, and beefsteak all combine well with apples. Add some raw apple slices to a roast beef melt sandwich to counter the saltiness and make it taste more refreshing. Spread mustard on a slice of whole grain bread and mayonnaise on another slice and layer the bread with cooked turkey slices, sharp cheddar cheese, thin green apple slices, and pieces of red-leaf lettuce and top with the other slice of bread and cut into half and serve. Ham and cheese transforms into a gourmet sandwich with slices of apples. Add arugula dressed with vinaigrette and some shallots for a special treat.
Apple Sandwiches with Granola and Peanut Butter
- 2 small apples, cored and cut crosswise into 1/2-inch thick rounds
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional)
- 3 tablespoons granola
- 2 tablespoons raisins or semisweet chocolate chips – optional
Spread one side of half of the apple slices with peanut or almond butter then sprinkle granola and any additional ingredients. Top with remaining apple slices, pressing down gently to make the sandwiches. Transfer to napkins or plates and serve.