Roasted Apples, Brie & Pecan Panini

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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23 Comments

  1. Ellen wrote:

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

    Posted 10.21.09 Reply
  2. Nate wrote:

    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 =-.

    Posted 10.21.09 Reply
  3. What a great combo. Sounds perfect for dinner tonight.
    .-= The Food Hunter´s last blog ..Fall Recipes and a New Cooking Video =-.

    Posted 10.21.09 Reply
  4. grace wrote:

    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 =-.

    Posted 10.21.09 Reply
  5. Erin wrote:

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

    Posted 10.21.09 Reply
  6. I love the roasted apple idea. How cool. I really like the savory /sweet combo going on in your panini!

    Posted 10.21.09 Reply
  7. Jaden wrote:

    OMG> that looks amazinggggggg!

    Posted 10.22.09 Reply
  8. Oh man, this looks amazing! I love all that melty cheese dripping out!

    Posted 10.22.09 Reply
  9. What a mouth-watering treat!
    .-= chocolate shavings´s last blog ..Apple Sauce =-.

    Posted 10.22.09 Reply
  10. 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) =-.

    Posted 10.22.09 Reply
  11. This sure makes me panini happy!

    Posted 10.22.09 Reply
  12. Cool blog!

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

    Posted 10.24.09 Reply
  13. Kevin wrote:

    Great looking seasonal panini!

    Posted 10.25.09 Reply
  14. 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) =-.

    Posted 10.25.09 Reply
  15. RobinSue wrote:

    I like this one too. You have the best ideas! The thought of roasted apples sounds heavenly!
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    Posted 10.28.09 Reply
  16. Natashya wrote:

    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 =-.

    Posted 11.24.09 Reply
  17. Teddie-Ann wrote:

    That looks totally scrumptious. So wow. 🙂

    Posted 2.6.10 Reply
  18. Tiffany wrote:

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

    Posted 9.18.10 Reply
  19. Meghan wrote:

    I added bacon. Wow.

    Posted 12.27.10 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

      Bacon does tend to make things even better. 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it!

      Posted 12.27.10 Reply