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
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.