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Cherry Cheese Panini


Cherry & Cheese Panini

Cherry & Cheese Panini

Yield

Makes 4 servings

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large red onion, thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup fresh sweet cherries, pitted and chopped
4 ounces blue cheese, at room temperature
1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
8 large, thin slices Italian or country-style bread
1 to 2 tablespoons butter

Preparation

  1. Heat oil in large, heavy-bottomed skillet. Add onion and thyme and saute over medium heat for 3 minutes or until onion is tender. Stir in salt, pepper and vinegar. Scrape up any browned bits. Spoon onion mixture into a bowl and stir in cherries.
  2. Mash blue cheese and cream cheese in a bowl until softened and creamy. Spread over 4 bread slices. Top each slice with 1/4 of the cherry mixture (about 1/3 cup). Top with remaining bread slices.
  3. Wipe out skillet. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in skillet. Add 2 sandwiches. Press down with a spatula. Cook over medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes per side, or until golden. Remove and repeat with remaining sandwiches, adding more butter if necessary. Cut each panini diagonally in half to serve.

Use a blue cheese with minimal blue veins for a pretty presentation. Heavily-veined cheese may cause a grayish tint when mixed with cherries.

Nutritional Information

Sodium 884 mg
Protein 13 g
Fiber 2 g
Carbohydrate 36 g
Cholesterol 52 mg
Saturated Fat 13 g
Total Fat 24 g
Calories from Fat 52 %
Calories 410

Dietary Exchange

Fat 4
Meat 1
Starch 2.5

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