Recipe: Brie, Brown Sugar and Apple Panini

Friday, January 10, 2014

My husband is not a "cold cuts" kind of guy. He's not real big on ham or turkey sandwiches which can put a real damper on Saturday lunch. He's more than happy to shell out $7 for a panini though at a local bakery. The solution? Shell out a mere $30 (or rather, the cost of about 4 bakery paninis) for your own little panini press. 

Think of it this way... which sounds better on the menu... ham & cheese sandwich or ham & cheddar panini. See what I mean? It's well worth the investment, and you don't really have to shell out any serious cash (skip the fancy $100 ones at Crate & Barrel just grab a cheap model at Target -- that's what I have and it's over 2 years old with plenty of use)

Suddenly any sandwich you make turns into a panini. All it takes is about 5 minutes more and, yet, sounds soo much more impressive. No? Here's one of my all time favorite panini recipes... 

Brie, Brown Sugar & Apple Panini

Small Wedge of Brie, cut in slices
Apple, cut in slices
2 T Brown Sugar
Bread (I think French bread works great)
Olive Oil

Preheat your panini press.*

Brush olive oil on one piece of bread and lay it (oil side down). Cut your Brie into thin chunks and lay them on top of the bread. Sprinkle with brown sugar and then layer your apple slices. Place other piece of bread on top and then brush the bread with a little olive oil (you can use butter if you prefer)

Place in the panini press for just a couple minutes until the bread starts to brown and the cheese begins to melt. See? No more time than if you just made a regular sandwich, but so much more impressive. And cleaning your press takes about 30 seconds - just a quick wipe with a moist paper towel.

*If you don't have a panini press you can use a preheated skillet, like you would for a grilled cheese. Take a brick and cover it with foil. Lay the brick on top of the sandwich to press it down. Flip over when the bottom is browned and place the brick back on top of the sandwich. 

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