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Pear, Brie and Chicken Panini

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Pear, Brie and Chicken Panini
  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 40 min
  • Servings 3
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Pear, Brie and Chicken Panini

Did you think you could use refrigerated dough to make a rad to the bone panini? Oh. Oh, you can.


cups shredded chicken (I used a rotisserie)
cup jarred or homemade pesto
cup sliced brie cheese
pear, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
Pillsbury™ Simply...™ refrigerated rustic French bread


  • 1 On a work surface, unroll the Pillsbury™ Simply...™ refrigerated rustic French bread out until it's a rectangle. Using a pizza cutter, cut until 6 (or if you can 8!) small rectangles.
  • 2 Heat an indoor panini press or grill pan over medium. Lightly coat with cooking oil and place two dough rectangles on the grill. Cook for 3 minutes on each side, or until you get good grilled marks. Continue with the rest of the dough. Set aside. Turn the heat off.
  • 3 Spoon a tbsp. or two of the pesto on one piece of bread. Layer with the chicken, pears and sliced brie. Place another piece of bread on top and place back on the grill pan. With the heat off, place a small skillet on top and press down until the cheese starts to melt. I turned the heat off because I didn't want to burn the bread, but the heat from the cast iron pan melts the cheese at the same time.
  • 4 Repeat with the rest of the panini. Slice and serve!
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Pear, Brie and Chicken Panini

As prepared by Bev Cooks,

Your face wants to panini. Trust me.

So, you have some Pillsbury Simply Rustic French Bread in the fridge. And you're like, "Oh, I need to make this soon or else I'll burst into flames." But then you think, "I wish I could do something ELSE with it though besides just bake it as is. " And then you think, "If I really wanted to burst into flames I could just WALK OUTSIDE, EARTH."

Sorry. It's hot. I'm not taking it well.

I'm here today to tell ya of a new way to use that bread loaf in your fridge. A way that will allow you to use words like "roll-a-roo" and "grilly grill grill" and "panini bo-bini." Although I'd highly advise saying these words to yourself.

AND, there's no willy nilly with the oven, y'all. No bake. Just grill.

Here we go! Grab a Pillsbury Simply Rustic French Bread loaf, some pesto (you can use jarred!), a few cups of shredded rotisserie chicken, some brie (you can buy a big wedge, but I randomly had these little wedges in the fridge, so, booya.), and a pear.

Panini Ingredients

Roll that dough out until you get a big rectangle. Yeah.

Roll Out Pillsbury Simply French Bread Dough

Now, I was able to get 3 sandwiches out of this, but if you cut smaller rectangles, you could totally get 4. Or if you wanted one MONSTROUS panino, you could always just cut it in half. I won't tell a soul.

Cut Dough into Squares

For the pear, peel her up.

Peel a Pear

Then using a mellon baller, remove the core, like so.

Use a Melon Baller to Take Pit from Pear

Then ya slice! Pop a slice in your mouth, just to make sure the farmers did it right.

Slice the Pear

Then you'll take the little rectangles and place them on an indoor grill. (or outdoor! or a panini press if you're cool.) I had this cast iron on a medium heat, because that thing is a monster when it comes to retaining heat. Grill on both sides for 3 minutes each, until it looks like this.

Grill the Bread

Continue until they're all ready for love. I MEAN the next step.

Bread Stacked

Then you layer! Spoon some pesto on the bottom, then some shredded chicken, some pear slices and brie slices. Mmmmmm.

Stack with Chicken

Top it with another piece of bread and stick it back on the grill. NOW, I turned the heat off for this because I didn't want to the bread to burn, but the heat from the pan will melt the cheese. And I used a little skillet to press it down. Isn't it cute? You don't have to answer that.

Grill the Panini

Sliiiiice and serrrrrrve. Oh, man. This is so so so good. Perfect balance of the bright pesto flavors, the yummy chicken, crisp pears and melted glorious brie.

Sliced Chicken Panini Sandwiches

I'm having heart palpitations just gazing into its eyes.

Just ignore that last part.

*Bev realizes that there are no actual eyeballs on this sandwich. Thank you. For more musings, visit her blog Bev Cooks and her Tablespoon profile.

Do you make panini sandwiches? Tell us what you put on 'em!

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