Ham, Cranberry, and Brie Panettone Panini

December 27, 2018

Put those holiday leftovers to good use by making a delicious, sweet and savory Ham, Cranberry, and Brie Panettone Panini!

Thank you to ShopRite Trading Company for providing me with Panettone in exchange for this post. No other compensation has been received. All opinions are 100% my own.

I can’t tell you the last time I had Panettone!  It’s an Italian holiday sweet bread made with candied citrus fruits and raisins that’s typically enjoyed as a dessert.  Lately, I’m seeing so many different ways to use this holiday bread that go way beyond just toasting it and spreading butter on top.  I’ve heard it makes an excellent French toast and I’ve seen it used in sweet breakfast casseroles, too.  But today I’m giving it a savory spin and using it in a sandwich made with holiday leftovers!

One of my favorite things about the holidays is the food and especially the leftovers!  They’re just so much better than regular weeknight leftovers!  I recently bought myself a panini maker for Christmas and couldn’t wait to use it!  So I thought about some of the holiday leftovers we had in the fridge and decided to make a holiday leftover panini using sliced Panettone.

A sweet and savory way to use your holiday leftovers!

We’ve had a lot of ham in our fridge and freezer this Christmas.  I even went out and bought a 1/4 presliced ham that was on sale because we’ve been enjoying it so much!  Holiday hams just have so much flavor and the leftovers can be used in so many ways.  Fry up slices for breakfast with an egg, heat and eat it for lunch, or turn it into a casserole for dinner!  This time around, it’s going to make an awesome panini filling!

In addition to slices of holiday ham, this Panettone panini is made with soft and creamy brie and whole berry cranberry sauce.  If you don’t have brie or you’re not much of a fan (sacrebleu!), sub in slices of Swiss cheese instead.  This panini has that sweet and savory combo that I love.  It’ll definitely step up your holiday leftover game!

Ham, Cranberry, and Brie Panettone Panini

Ham, Cranberry, and Brie Panettone Panini


  • ShopRite Trading Company Panettone, cut into 1/2 inch thick rounds
  • 3 slices holiday ham, per sandwich
  • 1 oz spreadable brie cheese
  • Approx. 2 tbsp. leftover whole berry cranberry sauce


  1. For each panini, slice the Panettone round down the middle to create the top and bottom sandwich slices.
  2. Spread the brie evenly on each piece of Panettone.
  3. Then, layer with slices of ham and cranberry sauce.
  4. Close the sandwich and place on the panini press.
  5. Grill the panini for about 4-5 minutes, on each side, or until the Panettone has become brown and toasted.
  6. Serve immediately.
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If you don’t have a panini maker, you can always cook this like a grilled cheese sandwich.  Just butter your Panettone slices and cook them in a skillet like you would a grilled cheese sandwich.  This is a creative and delicious way to use up some of your holiday leftovers!

If you still have Panettone leftover after making paninis, cube the Panettone, toss it with a little oil, and toast the cubes in the oven to make sweet croutons for salads.  Or turn Panettone cubes into a savory bread pudding with ham and cheddar cheese!

Check out ShopRite Trading Company’s products inspired by destinations all around the world, like this Italian Panettone! 


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