6.08.2011

Prosciutto, Pear and Gruyere Panini

As we continue the purging process this week (we move on Monday!), I whipped up this panini for lunch and it was so very tasty. The saltiness of the prosciutto coupled with the sweetness of the pear is a wonderful match. I hope that when we are on our trip to Italy, in a few weeks, we can have many more paninis like this one. With only three ingredients, this can be on the table in ten minutes for quite the satisfying lunch or dinner.

You Will Need:
  • 4 slices country style or wheat bread, sliced
  • 4 slices prosciutto, thinly sliced
  • 1 ripe pear, thinly sliced
  • 2 slices gruyere cheese
  • 1 Tbsp butter or margarine

Here We Go:
  • Prepare panini maker or grill pan by melting 1/2 Tbsp butter on med/low heat
  • To assemble sandwiches, layer gruyere on bread slices
  • Top with prosciutto, followed by a layer of pear
  • Top with another slice of bread and lightly brush top with 1/4 Tbsp remaining butter or margarine
  • Place butter side down on panini press and brush other side with leftover 1/4 Tbsp butter
  • Close the lid and cook according to directions
  • If you do not have a panini press, you can use a grill pan and simply press firmly with a spatula (Ours was already packed up so this is what I did and it turned out great)
  • Flip sandwiches mid-way through (roughly 4 minutes) and grill on other side
  • Sandwiches are done when bread is crisp with golden-brown grill lines, and cheese is warm and melted (Roughly 8-10 minutes)

Makes 2 Paninis
Happy Feasting!

9 comments:

Sabrina said...

I absolutely love this! Perfect flavors!

The Harried Cook said...

Gorgeous flavors! I would really love one of these... Thanks for sharing :)

Kim - Liv Life said...

Oohhh!! I'm green with envy about your Italy trip! I'm eager to heave about it when you return (or while you are there??).
I'm not really a sandwich person, but the ingredients in this one have my mouth watering. Nicely done!

Peggy said...

Oh yeah - definitely going to be trying this combo out the next time I'm yearning for a panini!

Maris (In Good Taste) said...

You say just whipped up like it was nothing!!! This looks like a gourmet sandwich!

Erin said...

A great combination for a tasty sandwich! I love when you are purging or cleaning out the fridge and you can create such great meals!

A Busy Nest said...

Great combination for a panini!

Kate@Diethood said...

There's pear in there?! Oh my... I'm intrigued. I need to try this asap. It sounds terrific!

Sandra said...

I would never thought that you used pear! Sounds delicious, as I never tried pair in a panini!
Awesome photos! Good luck with your move!!