Pumpkin Butter, Sopressata and Goat Cheese Panini

by on October 31, 2011

Pumpkin Butter, Sopressata and Goat Cheese Panini

The first time I made these panini I included sliced honeycrisp apples instead of the sopressata. Pumpkin butter with sweet crisp apples and creamy goat cheese – that sounds like it would be pretty autumn-like and tasty, right? And it was. But it was also a little…predictable.

Maybe it’s because I still have sopressata on the brain (and in the fridge), but the sweet and tangy flavors in this sandwich just begged for some salty cured pork to come join in. What ultimately gave me the confidence to go ahead and grill this unlikely match-up was my choice of bread: a Fig & Anise loaf from Bread & Cie, a local San Diego bakery. The licorice flavors of the anise seed in the bread and the fennel seed in the sopressata are so close that the two ingredients actually complement each other. And then, of course, the goat cheese – an old friend of pumpkin – brings a fresh, creamy tanginess that’s absolutely wonderful.

(Not to worry if you can’t locate some fig and anise bread – the sweet, earthy spiciness of a good cinnamon raisin bread would be another great alternative, or even a seeded multigrain.)

Pumpkin Butter, Sopressata and Goat Cheese Panini

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1 Diane {Created by Diane} October 31, 2011 at 10:53 pm

sounds really interesting!
Diane {Created by Diane}´s last blog post ..Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie {Skookie}

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2 sara October 31, 2011 at 11:55 pm

Oh, I love sopressata!! This sounds like an absolutely delicious sandwich, yum! :)

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3 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. November 1, 2011 at 4:51 am

This looks so good! Great one!

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4 Cookin' Canuck November 1, 2011 at 11:04 am

The sopressata sounds like an inspired addition to me. And with that fig and anise bread? Oh my!
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5 vanillasugarblog November 1, 2011 at 3:54 pm

kathy you are a genius.
this is just such a good combo.
i have never made pumpkin butter from scratch but adore the jarred stuff on pb. now i must try it with cheese!
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6 Nutmeg Nanny November 2, 2011 at 7:09 pm

This panini looks amazing! I’m a huge fan of sopressata…so tasty!
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7 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective November 3, 2011 at 7:21 am

Because of this… I am going to have to give in and buy a panini press. It’s official!
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8 Kathy November 3, 2011 at 7:32 am

Hooray! :-)

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9 huntdonald November 5, 2011 at 4:27 am

YUM YUM YUM!! My stomach just audibly growled at my desk. I can’t wait to try this, so perfect for this cold, wet weather in the city

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10 naomi November 7, 2011 at 10:18 pm

YOu had me at sopressata. I love the flavor pairing of this sandwich.
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11 Nicole November 8, 2011 at 6:12 pm

This sounds amazing, Kathy!
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