Ham, Brie and Pear Sandwich

Recipe from the Ile de France cheese website. Savory ham, creamy Brie, and thin, crunchy slices of raw pear combine to make an unforgettable hot sandwich. A sophisticated, new-wave grilled cheese. Simply heat a touch of olive oil in a skillet and cook the sandwich for about 2 minutes on each side until golden brown using a full tea kettle to press it. Any bread may be used; try multi-grain, a crunchy baguette, ciabatta, sour dough, rye, white, or pumpernickel.

Yield: 2 servings
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  • 4 slice(s) bread
  • 4 ounce(s) ripe Brie, rind removed and cut into 12 thin slices
  • 4 ounce(s) cooked ham, sliced fairly thin, about 4 slices
  • 1 small pear, preferably Bosc, almost ripe peeled, cored and cut into very thin slices
  • 2 teaspoon(s) olive oil, of needed


  1. 1. Place all 4 slices of bread out on a work surface. Add 3 slices of Brie to each piece. Top 2 slices of bread with the ham, doubling the ham over if necessary so it doesn't stick out beyond the bread. Place the pear slices on the other 2 slices of bread. Place the slices of bread with the cheese and ham on top of the slices of bread with the pear and cheese.
  2. 2. Preheat a panini grill to the highest setting. Place the sandwiches on the hot grill, close the grill, and cook for 2 minutes. Gently flip the sandwich and cook another 2 minutes, or until the bread is grilled and the cheese is totally melted and bubbling. Remove from the grill and cut in half or quarters and serve hot.
  3. 3. Alternately, heat the oil in a large skillet over moderate heat for about a minute. Add the sandwich and use a can of beans or a full tea kettle to weigh the sandwich down (The idea is to press the sandwich). Cook 2 minutes and gently flip the sandwich over, press it down again, and cook another 2 to 3 minutes, or until the bread is golden brown and the cheese is melted and bubbling.
June 2011

This recipe is a personal recipe added by psfreeman and has not been tested or endorsed by MyRecipes.

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