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Prosciutto, Pear, and Goat Cheese Panini

Prosciutto, Pear, and Goat Cheese Panini

We ate lunch at a local coffee and sandwich shop a few weeks back, and ordered one of their paninis. It was filled with goat cheese (my favorite), and slices of fresh pear and prosciutto. Delicious. And we thought, hey, we have a panini maker we haven’t used in maybe 8 months, why not dig it out and try our hand at making these ourselves?

So we did.

And it was good.

We had some gorgonzola cheese leftover in the fridge as well, so we ended up making one sandwich with goat cheese and another with gorgonzola. I prefer the goat cheese, myself. While the gorgonzola had a wonderful flavor that went really well with the other ingredients, it almost overpowered them it was so strong. So if you make these with gorgonzola, take it easy on the cheese.

Prosciutto, Pear, and Goat Cheese Panini

Makes 2 servings.


4 slices country style bread, sliced
3 oz. prosciutto
1 ripe pear, thinly sliced
4 oz. goat cheese, room temperature (or Gorgonzola if you like)
2 tsp. olive oil


Prepare panini maker or grill pan.

To assemble sandwiches, spread a thin layer of goat cheese on bread slices. Top with single layer of prosciutto, followed by a layer of pear. Top with another slice of bread. Lightly brush top with olive oil.

Place oil side down on panini press and brush other side with olive oil. Close the lid and cook according until indicator light says it's done. Alternatively, if you do not have a panini press, you can use a grill pan and place a weighted object on top of the sandwich (like a brick wrapped in foil). Flip sandwiches mid-way and grill on other side. Sandwiches are done when bread is crisp with golden grill lines, and cheese is warm and melted.

Slice in half and enjoy!

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  1. 1
    Posted On June 6, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Hey, this sounds incredibly delicious, even though I don’t eat meat, but the combo of ingredients sounds to make a good trio. No doubts you’ve enjoyed that!


  2. 2
    Posted On June 6, 2009 at 2:53 pm

    I love panini’s. I just don’t eat them often enough!


  3. 3
    Posted On June 6, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    My mouth is watering! What a great flavor combo, I’ve got to get more creative with my panini maker!


  4. 4
    Posted On June 6, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    I just made a blue cheese and pears crostini that we absolutly love, but I never thought to turn it into a panini. Excellent idea, thank you! :)


  5. 5
    Posted On June 6, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    Oooh I think I will make this for on of my picnic lunches. Thanks!


  6. 6
    Posted On June 6, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    My oh my, does this ever look good. it’s the same thing with me- our panini machine rarely gets used… I’ve been inspired to now though!


  7. 7
    Posted On June 6, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    That sounds like a fantatic combo! I can’t justify a panini maker in our small city kitchen, but I need to figure out a way to make sandwhiches like this using what i have around.


  8. 8
    Posted On June 6, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    oh my, pears are so good! i love crunchy pears in salads, but i never thought about warm pears in sandwiches. yum!!


  9. 9
    Posted On June 9, 2009 at 7:14 pm

    I love, love, love paninis. I don’t have a press, but I have a cast-iron flattening thingie that is essentially the same.

    Don’t you love that description? Ha.

    Goat cheese and pear. AWEsome combo.


  10. 10
    Posted On June 17, 2009 at 11:18 pm

    This is my version of heaven! YUM!


  11. 11
    Posted On June 19, 2009 at 8:58 am

    This sandwich sounds delicious! I work with Chavrie goat cheese and I am always looking for great new recipes with goat cheese and this will top my list! Thanks


  12. 12
    Posted On June 21, 2009 at 9:19 am

    Oh, my mouth is watering, I skipped lunch and am now craving for this sandwich!


  13. 13
    Posted On July 19, 2009 at 11:42 pm

    Thanks for the inspiration; this sandwich sounds amazing!


  14. 14
    Chris Thompson
    Posted On May 2, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Try adding a couple slices of fresh basil– awesome!!!


  15. 15
    Posted On May 20, 2011 at 8:05 am

    I work in a coffee shop and we make a sandwich almost exactly like this, only we use granny smith apples. It’s a great combo too!


  16. 16
    Posted On August 6, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    This was delicious! Made it for my husband and some of his employees for their lunch break, everyone LOVED it! The only change I made was addition of arugula. Mmm


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