Cherry and Brie Panini
Roasting the cherries intensifies the flavor and removes some moisture because, let’s face it, no one likes a soggy sandwich. The balsamic vinegar adds brightness and sweetness.
½ cup pitted and halved cherries
1 tsp. balsamic vinegar or port
2 slices rustic country bread
1 Tbsp. butter
1½ oz. room-temperature brie
• Preheat the oven to 350 degrees, and preheat a panini press or pan to medium heat.
• On a baking sheet, toss the cherries and balsamic vinegar and arrange in a single layer. Roast 15 to 20 minutes, then set aside and let cool slightly.
• Butter 1 side of each bread slice. Place 1 slice, buttered side-down, on the panini press and top with half the brie, the cherries, then the remaining brie and the bread slice, buttered side-up. Cook until golden brown and the cheese melts, 6 to 8 minutes. If using a pan, flip the sandwich halfway.