This recipe was inspired by a panini I saw on the menu of an L.A. bakery…
It was made with Brie & Pears, and while they divulged very little about the rest of the sandwich, it looked DELICIOUS!
When I set out to create some Nectarine recipes, this sandwich came to mind…. I’m so glad I tried it… this panini is to die for.
You want to make this. Oh my, do you want to make this!
Ever since I made these I’ve been lying awake at night thinking about the different things I could stuff a panini with and how delicious it’s going to taste.
Is that normal?
I hope your answer is yes.
This sandwich truly does melt in your mouth. The buttery, toasted bread gives you just enough crunch to balance out the creamy brie and nectarine filling inside. THe peppery arugula and the drizzle of balsamic give it that final punch that really knock this panini’s flavor out of the park.
It’s beautiful, decadent, and divine.
How many you make and who you make it for is entirely up to you. But make it soon! This is not something you want to put off.
It is nothing like dusting your ceiling fans or organizing that front closet. This recipe was made to be enjoyed TODAY!
To get started I prepped my sandwich components to make it quick and easy to assemble…
French bread, thinly sliced brie, thinly sliced red onions, butter, arugula, a balsamic vinaigrette I whisked together, and…. of course… NECTARINES!
Next, I pre-heated panini press over medium heat. This gives the brie time to melt while without charring the bread… you’re looking for a golden brown color. No burned black bread please… treat this sandwich with care.
*A NOTE… You can use a sauté pan instead of a Panini press. Just cook over medium heat for about 3 minutes on each side of the sandwich. If you want the sandwich pressed together, you can use a foil-covered brick to smash it down!
I spread a little mayo onto each slice of bread and then I added a bit of very thinly sliced red onion to half of the slices.
I topped that with a couple thin slices of brie that I cut to fit the bread, then I added some (ripe, juicy) sliced nectarines, topped those with a couple more thin slices of brie, and several arugula leaves….
Then I placed another slice of bread on top, mayo-side-down…
Check out how these luscious layers of goodness!
Before putting the sandwich on the panini press I buttered the top with a little softened butter…
Then I put the whole sandwich buttered-side down on the hot griddle…
And spread the other slice of bread (which is now on top) with a bit of butter!
I closed the panini press and let it do its magic for 3 minutes or so…
When the sandwich is done the brie will be fairly melted and the bread will be a crisp, golden brown….
HOT OFF THE PRESS!
The only other thing to add is a drizzle of a quick balsamic vinaigrette! Just equal parts extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar with a bit of salt and pepper…
Remove the top pieces of bread, drizzle a spoonful of the vinaigrette over each sandwich, and then replace the pieces of bread. Slice the sandwiches in half and it’s time to eat!
This will run you about $1.80 per sandwich! The recipe serves 2-4… so per person it could be less or more expensive depending on how hungry you and your fellow eaters are. With a small side (perhaps a salad?) this sandwich should fill you up nicely! As I said, it just depends on your hunger level!
Here’s your RECIPE!!
Although I wouldn’t generally agree with the “you are what you eat” saying, it might not be so bad if it were true in the case of this sandwich….
After all, this sandwich looks good from ANY angle! I could live with that! 😉
Did I mention you MUST try this? Well, you MUST!
CAUTION: Making and eating this sandwich may lead to late-night contemplations about what else you can stuff your panini with!
(Pssssttt!…. It’s worth it… MAKE THE SANDWICH!!!!)
Happy Economical Eating!