Hot Pear & Brie Panino

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I apologize for being so slow the past week, it’s been a bit of a mad time, but I am at long last documenting the culinary escapades that have since unfolded! First on the list is this hot, hot, hot panino featuring two ingredients and none more within its starchy encasings: pear and cheese. I kid you not, it’s literally that simple, and yet oozing- dripping, really- with flavour. H and I were in a panini-making mood and, quite conveniently, she has a gorgeous panini press.  It was like a sign.

The trick to getting this to be chock-full of flavour is using the right kind of cheese. We used some Delice Nostalgie cheese (it’s a triple creme French cheese in the style of Brie) that I had been keeping in the fridge for a while, and a mildly ripe pear (not so firm that it was crunchy nor so ripe that it fell apart).

Hot Pear & Brie Panino

Ingredients (makes one sandwich):

  • 2 slices cut approx. 1-inch thick of rustic bread of your choice (french boule, rustic/country bread, a fairly dense ciabatta, etc- so long as it’s got few holes and a good crust)
  • 1 small pear, medium-ripe, peeled and cut into 1/3-inch thick slices
  • 2-3 half-inch-thick slices of Brie (or similar creamy French) cheese

Process:

  1. Heat panini press or grill pan
  2. Arrange pear slices on one bread slice
  3. Arrange cheese slices on other bread slice- note, as this is a creamy cheese, you may need to spread the cheese evenly onto the bread (see pictures below) rather than simply arranging slices (this will depend on how creamy your chosen cheese is)
  4. Put bread slices together carefully so as to not allow contents to fall out
  5. Place sandwich on panini press and pull down the top; or, place on grill pan and place pressing tool on top; or, place on grill pan and if you do not have a panini press, put a heavy weight on top
  6. Grill/press for 3-4 minutes, then if browned to your preference, flip over and grill for another 3-4 minutes
  7. Remove from heat, slice in half at a slight diagonal, and dig in :)

It’s quite possibly the most simple sandwich ever and yet it is so insanely flavourful. The cheese melts like butter and moistens the bread, whil ethe pear cooks into a gentle texture and flavour that melds nicely with the cheese. This is vegetarian-friendly and an excellent way to celebrate the simplicity of very few ingredients.

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