Roasted Apples, Brie & Pecan Panini

by on October 21, 2009

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I have just become acquainted with an amazing treat: roasted apples! For all the gazillion ways in which I’ve been enjoying apples every autumn I can’t believe I never tried roasting them until now. The irresistible part is the caramelized crust that forms on the bottom from the sugars in the apple. I roasted a bunch of slices to make today’s panini, but there really weren’t many to work with once I started snacking on them.

I must thank a Panini Happy reader, Meaghan from Vancouver, for suggesting roasted apples as a panini ingredient. She submitted an On Your Grill idea recently that incorporated both roasted apples and Brie and the combination has been on my mind ever since. In keeping with autumn flavors, I decided to add in some pecans and grill it all on cinnamon raisin bread. Just wow.

Roasted Apple, Brie & Pecan Panini

Roasted Apples, Brie & Pecan Panini

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS:

2 apples (I used Gala), cored and sliced into ~1/4″ wedges
8 slices cinnamon raisin bread (a relatively dense, fresh-baked loaf is best)
4 oz. Brie, sliced thinly
4 tablespoons pecan halves

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat a toaster oven to 375°F (or a regular oven to 400°F).

Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and arrange apples on the sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes until apples are soft and golden brown with a caramelized crust on the bottom.

Preheat the panini grill to medium-high heat.

For each sandwich: Arrange slices of Brie to cover a slice of cinnamon raisin bread. Top with roasted apple slices and pecans. Close the sandwich with another slice of bread. Grill for 3-4 minutes until the cheese is melted and the bread is toasted. Serve immediately and enjoy!

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ellen October 21, 2009 at 4:45 am

fruit, bread, cheese? it’s like the holy trinity!

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2 Nate October 21, 2009 at 8:21 am

Yum! Could I have mine with a slice of ham or roasted pork? That would be splendid!
.-= Nate´s last blog ..Microwaved Cabbage and Carrot, a Bachelor’s Tale =-.

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3 The Food Hunter October 21, 2009 at 8:24 am

What a great combo. Sounds perfect for dinner tonight.
.-= The Food Hunter´s last blog ..Fall Recipes and a New Cooking Video =-.

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4 grace October 21, 2009 at 9:13 am

apples and brie? yum. crunchy pecans? even better. cinnamon raisin bread? you’ve just perfected this sandwich. :)
.-= grace´s last blog ..facing the first frost =-.

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5 Erin October 21, 2009 at 6:26 pm

This sounds divine! I’m always a fan of apples and brie.
.-= Erin´s last blog ..It’s All About Yummery =-.

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6 Liz - Meal Makeover Mom October 21, 2009 at 6:50 pm

I love the roasted apple idea. How cool. I really like the savory /sweet combo going on in your panini!

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7 Jaden October 22, 2009 at 5:35 am

OMG> that looks amazinggggggg!

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8 Amy (Sing For Your Supper) October 22, 2009 at 7:40 am

Oh man, this looks amazing! I love all that melty cheese dripping out!

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9 chocolate shavings October 22, 2009 at 7:59 am

What a mouth-watering treat!
.-= chocolate shavings´s last blog ..Apple Sauce =-.

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10 Sandie (Inn Cuisine) October 22, 2009 at 8:44 am

I want this! I’ve been a Brie kick lately, and melted Brie with warm apples and toasted pecans is exactly what I’m craving right now! Too bad you don’t live closer—I’d offer to be your official panini taster ;)
.-= Sandie (Inn Cuisine)´s last blog ..Holiday Baking 101: Classic Cookies (Recipe: Hershey’s Peanut Butter Blossoms) =-.

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11 Veggie Wedgie October 22, 2009 at 2:25 pm

This sure makes me panini happy!

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12 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) October 24, 2009 at 5:46 am

Cool blog!

That panini looks amazing!
.-= Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food)´s last blog ..Vote for Me! =-.

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13 Kevin October 25, 2009 at 7:36 am

Great looking seasonal panini!

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14 Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) October 25, 2009 at 6:00 pm

Now I can think of lots of things to do with those roasted apples — wheat a great idea. I’ve always been a bit afraid to get a panini press, because I know I’d be making sandwiches like this one all the time.
.-= Lydia (The Perfect Pantry)´s last blog ..Cashews (Recipe: Muhammara, a pomegranate, pepper and nut spread) =-.

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15 RobinSue October 28, 2009 at 1:12 pm

I like this one too. You have the best ideas! The thought of roasted apples sounds heavenly!
.-= RobinSue´s last blog ..Cooking Light’s New Layout =-.

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16 Natashya November 24, 2009 at 12:51 pm

Such a great combination of flavours! I love roasted apples in soup, but have never put them in a sammie.
.-= Natashya´s last blog ..Canadian Cookbook Review – All The Best by Jane Rodmell =-.

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17 Teddie-Ann February 6, 2010 at 9:44 pm

That looks totally scrumptious. So wow. :)

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18 Tiffany September 18, 2010 at 11:22 am

I’m going to have to try roasting apples and the combination with brie and cinnamon swirl bread – oh my!

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19 Meghan December 27, 2010 at 11:15 am

I added bacon. Wow.

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20 Kathy December 27, 2010 at 11:50 am

Bacon does tend to make things even better. :-) Glad you enjoyed it!

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