Chocolate and Brie Panini

in Breakfast, Chocolate, Desserts

Remember when you were a kid, and on special occasions your mom would make chocolate chip pancakes for breakfast? This of course meant you got to eat chocolate for your main meal and didn’t have to wait for dessert. That was super cool. One time I was actually allowed to eat chocolate chip pancakes for dinner. I thought my little kid head might just explode.

It’s kinda how I feel about this panini. A panini with brie is nothing new to me, but chocolate? Oh my lord does that sound good. And now we’re adding basil? Yeah, I think my adult head just exploded.

Despite the enticing ingredients, I have to admit that I was a little skeptical about this. I mean, chocolate and cheese isn’t something that you normally eat together, however wonderful they are on their own. After eating it, I don’t know why I had any doubts. Rule of thumb: when you take two drool-worthy ingredients and add them together, you’re guaranteed a delicious result. If you add basil, it always makes things better.

Okay…maybe that doesn’t always work 100% of the time, but it did with this sandwich, and that’s all that matters.

Brie and Chocolate Panini

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Adapted from Giada De Laurentiis

Makes 2 sandwiches

4 slices of bread
2 tablespoons butter or olive oil
6 oz Brie cheese, thinly sliced
2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
¼ cup basil leaves

Preheat your Panini grill (or in my case, a George Foreman grill) to medium high heat.

Brush both sides of the bread with butter or olive oil. Place 3 oz of cheese on one slice of bread, sprinkle 1/3 cup of chocolate chips over it, and then add a few basil leaves. Repeat with the rest of the ingredients to make two sandwiches.

Grill the sandwiches on the grill until the chocolate and cheese begin to melt and the bread starts to brown, about 5 minutes. Remove the sandwiches from heat and cut into triangles. Enjoy your chocolate meal.

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Katrina October 29, 2010 at 3:38 am

This certainly is strange sounding, but my adult head is about to explode (like yours) with excitement!


Meaghen October 29, 2010 at 5:17 am

Wow. There are few flavour combinations out there that I feel I don’t know about, but this one is definitely new and definitely interesting. I am very intrigued. My family are having VERY cheesey grilled cheese for dinner this weekend. I may have to make us this panini to try too!


laura @ alittlebarefoot October 29, 2010 at 7:36 am

yes. yes yes yes. this sounds amazing!


Acacia October 29, 2010 at 8:28 am

Wow! This looks great!


Joanne October 29, 2010 at 10:39 am

This sandwich was definitely my childhood dream. It may in fact also be my adulthood dream. Only time will tell…


Nadette@Eat, Read, Rant! October 29, 2010 at 11:52 am

I want to add a little sea salt to this flavor combo, I think that would take it over the moon. I really need to invest in a panini press


Caroline November 3, 2010 at 10:52 am

I used a George Foreman grill and it worked great! Let me know if the salt works out, I was surprised that this actually wasn’t that sweet because of the cheese


Tara October 30, 2010 at 9:47 am

I’m officially convinced that brie is cheese that’s been sent from heaven. Mmmmm…!!


Danielle October 30, 2010 at 10:11 am

I saw Giada make these and the basil put me off, but now I may have to try it. i just found your blog and I’ll be back to see more of your delicious posts.


Tracey November 1, 2010 at 3:15 am

what a glorious idea! Brie has to be one of my favorite cheeses, gooey, and delicious! I’m thinking Brie with sliced apples and honey Panini! Oo you got the cooking juices flowing

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Maria November 1, 2010 at 4:32 pm

Now this is what I call a sandwich! Yum!


amanda@seegirlcook November 1, 2010 at 7:56 pm

holy moly. this looks insaaaanely yummy! i must try this.


Dana November 1, 2010 at 9:23 pm

Heck yes!

(That’s all of it summed up. I need to find the panini press now. Even though it’s almost midnight.)


Caroline November 2, 2010 at 11:24 am

I actually used my George Foreman grill, it worked perfect!


Amanda November 2, 2010 at 6:49 pm

The brie and chocolate sounds great. The basil has me really curious. I’ve got just a little basil left on my plant from this summer. I’m going to have to try this!


Caroline November 3, 2010 at 10:53 am

I was a fan of the basil but Chase didn’t like it. It may just depend on your taste.


Sheila January 11, 2011 at 6:26 pm

So, is this best for lunch…or dessert? I guess I’ll just have to make it and decide!


Emily February 2, 2012 at 4:49 pm

I had that head-almost-explode moment just by reading the title. This is a combination that I would NEVER think to make, but will probably be impossible for me to get out of my head now — just like chocolate and balsamic! P.S. I’ve been drooling over your recipes all afternoon!


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