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Recipe For Giada De Laurentiis's Chocolate and Brie Panini

'Wich of the Week: Chocolate and Brie Panini

If you're not cooking a romantic dinner for two this Valentine's Day, then give this strangely delicious sandwich a shot. Made with salty, creamy brie and dark chocolate, this panini is neither a full-on dessert or a savory entree, but the sticky, gooey results will have you licking your fingers anyway. I've been curious to try this ever since PartySugar featured it on the menu of her wine and chocolate tasting, so I whipped up a batch on the panini press the other day. I had a lot of leftover dark chocolate from the holidays, so I used that rather than the semisweet chips, which sounded too sweet. To see how it turned out and to get the recipe,


In addition to swapping in dark chocolate, I also reduced the amount used on each sandwich, after making one panini and finding that the chocolate totally overpowered the cheese. To me, it's the combination of velvety chocolate and savory, decadent brie that makes this sandwich interesting. I also added more basil and left the leaves whole, just because I liked the look of it. Some of my friends found the basil too weird and said they'd swap in mint, which would also be good. Here's how I did it.

Chocolate and Brie Panini

Chocolate and Brie Panini

Recipe For Giada De Laurentiis's Chocolate and Brie Panini


  1. 12 slices sourdough bread
  2. 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  3. 12 ounces Brie cheese, thinly sliced
  4. 10 ounces dark chocolate squares
  5. 2/3 cup fresh basil leaves


  1. Preheat the panini grill.
  2. Using a very sharp knife, cut the chocolate squares into bite-size pieces.
  3. Brush both sides of the bread with olive oil. Grill the bread slices until they begin to turn golden, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Remove from the panini grill and place 2 ounces of cheese on 1 slice of bread (the bottom half), top the cheese with 1/4 cup chocolate chips, and a few leaves of basil. Top with another slice of bread. Continue with the remaining sandwiches.
  5. Return the sandwiches to the panini grill until the chocolate begins to melt, about another 2 minutes.
  6. Cut the sandwiches into 2-inch wide rectangles or small triangles and transfer to a serving platter.

Serves 6.

Join The Conversation
nikks nikks 8 years
i always wanted to try these but im not a big fan of brie. so iono.
KAEB06 KAEB06 8 years
I've actually had this before at a party and it is SO good! I immediately went home and made some for my family and friends.
sharshar sharshar 8 years
Wow, brie and chocolate...absolutely dying to try it now!
smellanny smellanny 8 years
oh wow yum.
hibiscus96818 hibiscus96818 8 years
love brie, love chocolate, but melt the two together between sourdough bread? YIKES! I don't think I will be trying this one.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 8 years
This is awfully tempting. However, I don't like Ghirardelli chocolate. I would use a good quality, dark Belgian chocolate.
amandaaa amandaaa 8 years
very interesting and different...cheese and chocolate...will try this sometime!
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Wow!! I must try this!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
well i can't say that i would ever personally think to make this sandwich but i might give it a try. i'm not really this biggest fan of brie but i feel like in this dish it could work. :)
angelina_k angelina_k 8 years
ughhhhhhhhhh sick you need to be put in prison dirty popsugar, make real food like poo truffles duh???
Kelliegrl Kelliegrl 8 years
Naaah. This doesn't seem like something I would eat at all.
merie33 merie33 8 years
It's ok bonniebonnie, I'm one of those freaks too...
mlen mlen 8 years
i've been dying to try these!
Foxy4286 Foxy4286 8 years
made these for my boyfriend-he was less then thrilled :(
356UIK 356UIK 8 years
I'm not feelin it.
bonniebonnie bonniebonnie 8 years
I'll pass because I'm a freak who doesn't like chocolate.
Nan-Einhart Nan-Einhart 8 years
This sounds so decadent and the pictures make me want to dive right it.
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 8 years
OMG this looks surprisingly delicious! yum
Smacks83 Smacks83 8 years
That sounds so good! Cheese? Yes! Chocolate? Double Yes! Smooshed together with butter and bread? *faints from joy*
sham28 sham28 8 years
I feel like this sounds/ looks a lot better than it tastes. I recently bought dark chocolate wedges that were really cute and flavored with chiles and cinnamon, which sounds awesome, but it's gross. I'm still recovering, I guess.
Advah Advah 8 years
Oh my lord yes please! Yum, how do you know me so well?! *wipes drool off desk*
RoaringSilence RoaringSilence 8 years
Ha! I have been eating sandwiches with Nutella and gouda for years, and people always make fun of me for it. I'll show them this from now on :D
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 8 years
oh my goodness this has everything I love in the world grilled up pretty... would a glass of chianti with it make it heaven on earth?? :)
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
Hmmm... this is most certainly not on my diet, but V-day deserves a splurge. I might just try this to say I tried it!
soapbox soapbox 8 years
^^ I second that Lulla.
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