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Mango and Brie Panini Grilled Cheese

Ingredients

  • 1 mango sliced
  • 1/4 lb brie cut into spreadable wedges or slices
  • 1/4 cup caramelized onions – from 2 onions*
  • 2 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 2 tbs mango chutney – pick one that’s mostly smooth
  • Bread of your choice – white bread slices rolls, or pieces of a bakery loaf; just pick something soft and squishy
  • Butter – about 2 tbs for coating the bread slices

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese and the chutney. If the cream cheese isn’t soft enough you’ll end up with some pieces of cream cheese that won’t combine which, while a little unappealing looking, is fine for the sandwiches.
  2. Spread one side of the bread with the cream cheese mixture and top with the caramelized onions. On the other side of the bread, lay down the brie slices and press the mangos into the cheese. Sandwich the two halves together and butter the outsides of the bread.
  3. Heat a pan over medium heat and if you have it, heat a second cast iron pan to use as a press (or use a panini maker if you have one). Place the sandwiches in the pan and fry for 3-5 minutes, until the bread is toasty and brown. Flip the sandwiches and place the second pan on top to press them down. Cook about another 5 minutes until the second side is brown and the cheese is gooey.
  4. This is a messy sandwich but there are two ways to cut down on the gooey-ness. You can hollow out the bready inside of a roll (only on one side) to create a little pocket for the mango and cheese. Or you can use large slices of bread and leave a half-inch border around the edges so the filling to spread into as it melts. I opt for just a messy sandwich and a big napkin.

Recipe Notes

If you do caramelize just two onions you’ll have some leftovers from the sandwiches. Not a bad thing