Cherry & Cheese Panini
Makes 4 servings
|1||tablespoon olive oil|
|1||large red onion, thinly sliced|
|1/4||teaspoon dried thyme|
|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|
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
|Calories from Fat||52 %|
|Total Fat||24 g|
|Saturated Fat||13 g|
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