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Grilled Manchego Cheese Sandwiches with Apple and Parsley-Walnut Spread

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  1. 1 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
  2. 1/3 cup walnuts
  3. 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
  4. Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  5. Eight 1/2-inch thick slices ciabatta
  6. 6 ounces Manchego cheese, thinly sliced
  7. 8 thin lengthwise slices cut from a small red apple
  1. In a food processor, pulse the parsley with the walnuts until finely chopped. Add the 2 tablespoons of olive oil and process until almost smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Lightly brush one side of each ciabatta slice with olive oil. Turn all of the slices over and top 4 of them with half of the Manchego, the apple slices and the remaining Manchego. Spread the parsley-walnut mixture on the remaining 4 ciabatta slices and close the sandwiches.
  3. Heat a large griddle or skillet over moderate heat. Cook the sandwiches, turning once, until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden brown and crisp, about 5 minutes. Serve at once.