Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Weekend Chef: Ham, Brie, and Pear Panini

The second dinner The Weekend Chef decided to make was a Ham, Brie, and Pear Panini.  We don't have sandwiches for dinner very often so this was a nice change.  This was an adultified (again, I think I'm making up my own words!) version of a grilled cheese, if I do say so myself.  It sounded delicious and it was quick and easy to make.  However, no one was really impressed when eating it.  I felt like it was missing something.  We had talked about possibly adding some caramelized onions and ended up not.  They might have helped a little bit.  We don't think that the pears were sweet enough to offset the saltiness of the ham and brie.  This recipe still needs some tweaking.....suggestions are welcome!

Ham and Pear Panini
Recipe by The Weekend Chef (his own)

Makes 3 sandwiches

6 slices, large-sliced Panella bread (or bread of your choosing)
9 slices deli ham
1 pear, peeled and thinly sliced
6 oz. wedge of brie cheese, rind cut off and cut into 6 thick slices

1. Place two slices of brie on each of three pieces of bread.  Place three slices of ham on the cheese.  Top with thinly sliced pear (to your liking).  Put another slice of bread on top.

2. Butter the top and bottom of sandwich and place in preheated cast iron pan (medium heat).  Cook until browned, approximately two minutes on each side.

Family Rating: So-so.

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