Goat Cheese, Pear and Arugula Paninis

by Anjali @ The Picky Eater on October 10, 2011

Paninis made on fresh baguettes are some of the best sandwiches ever. I love trying to experiment with different ingredient combinations: between all the cheeses, veggies, breads, fruits and nuts out there you can get pretty creative with your fillings! For this recipe, I took inspiration from our recent trip to France where we had some of the best goat cheese or chèvre ever, and decided to combine it with a few other simple ingredients for a great tasting sandwich. This is good for a light dinner or hearty lunch, and if you pick the right bread you’ll have the perfect consistency of crispy and creamy textures in your sandwich.

The Ingredients

Fresh arugula/spinach, Goat cheese, a freshly made loaf of whole grain bread, honey (not pictured), and bosc or red pears sliced.

In terms of proportions for the sandwich, I used about 1oz goat cheese per sandwich, 1/3 of a pear sliced, 1 Tbsp honey, and a handful of arugula, with salt & pepper to taste.

This panini is super easy to make – the whole recipe can be on your table in less than 30 minutes.

The Directions: 

Step 1: Slice your baguette into 1/2-3/4 inch thick slices. Freeze any slices you’re not going to use – they heat up great in the oven or toaster oven! Top one slice with goat cheese, pear slices and drizzle the honey on top.

Step 2: Top with arugula, season with salt & pepper.

Step 3: Top with the second slice of bread, and grill in a panini press until the outside is crispy and golden brown.

And then you’re done! Each sandwich probably weighs in at around 400 calories max, with a healthy dose of fiber (from the bread, pears & arugula) and protein (from the cheese). The husband loved this dish – thought it was very satisfying. With a glass of red wine, this was the perfect homage to Paris.

Goat Cheese, Pear and Arugula Paninis

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 1 serving

Ingredients

    Per Sandwich
  • Handful of Fresh arugula/spinach
  • 1 oz Goat cheese
  • 2 slices crusty whole grain bread
  • Drizzle of honey
  • 1/3 bosc pear, sliced
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Slice your baguette into 1/2-3/4 inch thick slices. Freeze any slices you're not going to use - they heat up great in the oven or toaster oven! Top one slice with goat cheese, pear slices and drizzle the honey on top.
  2. Top with arugula, season with salt & pepper.
  3. Top with the second slice of bread, and grill in a panini press until the outside is crispy and golden brown
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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Claudia October 10, 2011 at 6:23 pm

I love this – so simple but the flavors just meld – peppery, sweet and tang! Perfect!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater October 30, 2011 at 11:42 am

That is EXACTLY what this combination of flavors is like! I’m sure you’ll love this recipe!

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Emily October 11, 2011 at 10:00 am

I’m so excited it’s the time of year to break out my panini press – this looks fabulous!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater October 30, 2011 at 11:43 am

Awesome! For me, I’m always breaking out my panini press – I even used it as a grill pan one time! 🙂

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Kelly October 11, 2011 at 11:07 am

This looks so delicious, love the pears! 🙂

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater October 30, 2011 at 11:44 am

Pears are one of my favorites too! 🙂

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Stefani October 25, 2011 at 11:11 am

What a delicious recipe! From one picky eater to another, you sure have some great & diverse recipes! Thank you so much for sharing your love of food with us!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater October 30, 2011 at 11:44 am

Thank you so much!! It’s always nice to meet a fellow picky eater 🙂 Hope you enjoy my recipes!

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Lemon October 25, 2011 at 11:25 am

Lovely, this is the kind of panini I adore, it’s just a bit different from the normal and totally delicious.

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater October 30, 2011 at 11:45 am

Me too – I love mixing things up with traditional panini/sandwich ingredients. Hope you enjoy it!

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Andrea @ Vegvacious February 5, 2012 at 8:26 am

Oh my gosh – a panini press is something I don’t have, but I definitely have been thinking that I NEED 🙂 I love the sandwich combo – it includes so many of my fave flavours! My husband is a meat eater and I think I could add a little smoked turkey to his so we’d both have our perfect sammies!!

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater February 5, 2012 at 11:26 am

Totally – the panini press (along with my immersion blender) are my two favorite time-saving kitchen appliances ever! Smoked turkey sounds like the perfect addition to this sandwich for meat-eaters 🙂 Hope you both enjoy this recipe!

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Sweety July 18, 2013 at 11:46 am

Hi! This recipe sounds so yummy! I had a question, I don’t eat honey, do you think this will taste ok without it?

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Anjali @ The Picky Eater July 18, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Thanks Sweety! And yes – I think this will taste ok without the honey — it just gives it a bit of extra added sweetness that tastes nice — but if your pears are super sweet that will still work well. Let me know how it turns out!

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