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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.

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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. Please check this recipe and make sure the bread is correct. 4 slices of bread for 2 sandwiches – serves 8?

  2. 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

  3. 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!

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

  5. Thanks for the inspiration; this sandwich sounds amazing!

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

  7. 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

  8. This is my version of heaven! YUM!

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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!

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

  14. 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! :)

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

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

  17. 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!

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