Brie & Dried Apricot Panini on Walnut Bread

by on March 30, 2009

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If any of you remember The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones from the ’80s the idea of bringing my two blogging worlds together for this post will be familiar to you. Here’s how it all transpired.

I was enticed by my sister’s suggestion to add walnuts to the Brie & Dried Apricot Panini I was conjuring up. Then I remembered that I’d just seen a recipe for walnut bread on the back of a bag of King Arthur flour. It was too perfect! I’d bake the bread for my new blog that features on-the-package recipes, Cooking On the Side, and turn it into panini on Panini Happy. Unexpected, yet fortunate blog synergy in action.

Dried Apricots

You don’t often see dried fruit in sandwiches, but dried fruit, with its intense flavor, goes so well with cheese. Take, for instance, baked Brie: the cheese becomes irresistible all melted inside puff pastry and engulfed in dried fruit and nuts. This panini recipe was an attempt to capture the essence of baked Brie in sandwich form. It was a hit with my husband and visiting in-laws this weekend.

The White Whole Wheat Walnut Bread was a wonderfully nutty complement to the Brie and dried apricots. Since Brie is rich and the bread is relatively dense it worked best as a smaller sandwich. I cut the slices a little thinner than usual and halved the apricots lengthwise to balance everything out so none of the flavors overpowered any of the others in each bite.  I served the panini with a simple herb salad with red wine vinaigrette, but some folks might even enjoy it as dessert.

I don’t really remember if the Jetsons and Flintstones adapted well to each other’s worlds in that TV movie but Panini Happy and Cooking On the Side are proving to get along just fine!

White Whole Wheat Walnut Bread from Cooking On the Side

Brie & Dried Apricot Panini

Brie & Dried Apricot Panini on Walnut Bread

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 slices White Whole Wheat Walnut Bread, thinly sliced, about 3/8″ thick (you can also often find nut breads in grocery store bakery departments)
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • 4 ounces Brie, thinly sliced (remove rind if desired)
  • 12 dried apricots, halved lengthwise

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the panini grill to medium-high heat.

For each sandwich: Brush a thin layer of melted butter onto the outer sides of two slices of bread. Inside one slice place a single layer each of Brie and dried apricot halves. Close the sandwich with the other slice of bread, buttered side up.

Grill for 2 to 3 minutes until the cheese is melted and dark grill marks appear. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Kalyn March 31, 2009 at 5:16 am

Just say “Brie” and you have my attention!

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2 RecipeGirl March 31, 2009 at 6:27 am

AMAZING choice for a panini using your homemade bread. Looks delicious.

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3 grace March 31, 2009 at 8:39 am

dried apricots have such a fabulous texture, and i think they’d be just dynamite in a sandwich like this. bravo!!

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4 RobinSue March 31, 2009 at 10:12 am

Hey you got two blogs in one with this one. Great idea and the bread sounds fabulous!

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5 Esi March 31, 2009 at 2:15 pm

First the bread and now this amazing panini. I put the bread on my neverending to make list. It sounds easy to do!

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6 Maria March 31, 2009 at 4:01 pm

That looks so good! I love the flavors!

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7 Emily April 1, 2009 at 4:22 am

Oooh, nice. This sounds like a very yummy panini.

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8 Jamie April 1, 2009 at 7:59 am

I have been seeing so many recipes lately for brie mixed with something sweet, but this looks magnificent! I love the combo Brie, nuts and the nutty flavor of the whole wheat plus the dried apricots. Brilliant! I bet it was delicious!

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9 The Duo Dishes April 1, 2009 at 11:57 am

We could do the bread, butter and brie just as they are! Love that combination so much.

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10 brilynn April 1, 2009 at 1:41 pm

That a great combination! It would be really good with lingonberry jam too!

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11 kellypea April 1, 2009 at 3:28 pm

When you were talking about this the other day I thought OMG — what a perfect combo — and the bread is genius with it. Love walnuts and apricots…I’m thinking I’d have to drizzle some honey over it and totally skip dinner.

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12 Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) April 1, 2009 at 8:40 pm

Ever since Trader Joe’s came to Rhode Island, I’ve been able to enjoy beautiful dried fruit, like apricots, at affordable prices. Love the combination with brie — I am definitely going to try this!

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13 Pam April 3, 2009 at 8:42 am

Another tasty creation! Looks great.

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14 Kevin April 7, 2009 at 7:29 pm

Nice panini and that walnut bread is looking good!

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15 maggie (p&c) April 10, 2009 at 8:07 am

Despite being up to my ears in grilled cheese, this is super appealing! Love the combo of apricots and brie. Yum!

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16 Mary April 24, 2009 at 12:48 pm

What a great idea. It looks fabulous. Mary @ KAF

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17 Corrinne May 11, 2009 at 10:36 am

YUM! I love this (and your blog). I saw the photo on Tastespotting. I work with Alouette and our Baby Brie would be perfect for this recipe. And of course who doesn’t love apricots with brie! I look forward to checking out your other recipes!

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