Taleggio and Pear Panini

ingredients

4 servings
 
1 (1-pound) loaf ciabatta bread (or 8 slices country bread)ciabatta bread1
¼ cup olive oilolive oilΒΌ
8 ounces taleggio cheese or brie, slicedtaleggio cheese8
2 large pears, apples or peaches, cored and cut into ¼-inch wedgespear2
2 tablespoons honeyhoney2
Pinch saltsalt1
Pinch freshly ground black pepperfreshly ground black pepper1
3 ounces arugula or spinacharugula3

instructions

 
Preheat the panini machine. Cut the ciabatta loaf into 4 equal pieces. Halve each piece horizontally to make 4 sandwiches. Brush the bread with olive oil on both sides and place the bottom halves of the bread slices in the panini machine in a single layer. Heat until golden, about 3 to 4 minutes. Continue with the remaining top slices of bread.

While the top slices of the bread are in the panini machine, begin forming the sandwiches. Divide the cheese among the warm bread. Cover the cheese with slices of fruit. Drizzle the fruit with honey. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Top with a handful of arugula. Place the warmed top half of the bread over the arugula and return the competed sandwich to the panini machine for 1 to 2 minutes more to finish melting the cheese. Remove from the panini machine. Cut the sandwiches in half and serve immediately.

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