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A luscious combination of creamy cheese and slightly crisp pear slices grilled in a pan makes for a marvelous lunch. The red fruit jam (strawberry or raspberry will do) adds a touch of sweetness that complements the rich notes in the brie. A fancy foodie treat for a great price!

Makes 2 Servings - $1.73 per serving Show Detailed Pricing

  • 4 ounces slices of brie cheese, cut into 1/4" thick slices
  • 4 slices of bread
  • 1 pear (firm), sliced thinly, core removed
  • 2 teaspoons red fruit jam
  • 2 tablespoons oil (or butter)
  • pinches of salt and pepper 

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 8 minutes

  1. Place the brie, divided, on two slices of bread and layer the pear slices on top.
  2. Spread a teaspoonful of a red-fruit jam over the pear slices and season with salt and pepper. Place two remaining slices of bread on top to close the sandwiches.
  3. In a large frying pan, heat the oil (or butter) until it shimmers (or the butter gently bubbles), and place the sandwiches in the pan. Lower heat to medium and grill about 3-4 minutes, or until golden brown on one side. With a spatula, flip the sandwiches and grill another 2-3 minutes or until the cheese is slightly melted around the pear.
  4. Remove from the pan and cut the panini into halves. Serve warm.

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Ms B. on 4/7/2018
Yummy, melty, gooey, crunchy combination - fast preparation - Tastes great cooked in butter - I served it with your salad made with feta, mint, romaine, tomatoes.
Rating: 5
TheFiveDollarFoodie: Thanks for trying this out, and we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed. :)
Judy E. on 2/2/2018
Tasty, super easy to make. Grilled cheese are one of my go-to lunches, so it's exciting to find a new and different take on the grilled cheese that's still cheap. Yum.
Rating: 5
Mandy F. on 1/23/2018
I love Brie!
Rating: 5
Jason H. on 1/19/2018
I would love to see more ideas like this one. Simple tricks for making a classic go to dish like a grill cheese something special...

Thanks!!!
Rating: 4
TheFiveDollarFoodie: Thanks Jason, glad to hear you enjoyed. We will work on more ideas like this one soon!
Daniela K. on 1/18/2018
A delicious and good looking dish! It is such a nice update to a classic grilled cheese. The entire family liked it, from toddlers to grown ups it was a big hit.
Rating: 3
TheFiveDollarFoodie: Thanks for sharing, Daniela! We are glad to hear everyone enjoyed.
Michael M. on 1/18/2018
Amazing recipe! Our family loved it! Amazing price for what you end up with!
Rating: 5