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Pear and Brie Gourmet Grilled Cheese

Gina Homolka | Lunch, Dinner, Pears, Relish | American

Fruit and cheese is a classic combination, but most people limit themselves to apples and cheddar. We've paired succulent Royal Riviera Pears with creamy Brie cheese and fig butter to create a superb grilled cheese recipe that will satisfy your tastebuds. It's comfort food turned into a culinary delight for the health-conscious.

Have you ever had baked Brie? If not, it's a dish that is extremely decadent and delicious! And if you have, then you'll understand why this grilled cheese sandwich works. We love the salty-sweet combination of ripe pears and Brie. Adding a touch of fig butter, a fruit spread not to be confused with butter, to this grilled cheese sandwich enhances the sweetness of the pears and makes it a real adult treat. Plus, it's slightly lower in calories than traditional grilled cheese. It makes for a gourmet lunch or dinner, while still being that comforting grilled cheese we all know and love. This recipe is definitely a must-try!

Pear and Brie Gourmet Grilled Cheese

Prep Time: 5 minutes | Cook Time: 5 minutes | Total Time: 10 minutes |
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Ingredients

  • 8 slices multi-grain bread
  • 1/4 cup fruit butter such as fig or apple
  • 1 Royal Riviera Pear, peeled, thinly sliced
  • 6 oz light Brie, rind removed, sliced
  • 1 can olive oil spray or oil mister

Instructions

  1. Heat skillet over medium-low heat.
  2. Spread each slice of bread with tablespoon fig or apple butter.
  3. Top 4 bread slices with the Royal Riviera@reg; Pear and Brie, then top with remaining bread slices.
  4. Spray both sides sandwiches with a little oil.
  5. Place sandwiches, one at a time, in hot skillet and cook until bread is golden cheese starts to melt, about 2 minutes on each side.
  6. Alternatively, use a panini press. Serve hot.
Makes: 4 sandwiches
Serves: 4 servings