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Three-Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe 2011-03-25 15:54:23

Brie, Mozzarella, and Pear With Blue Cheese Butter

Brie, Mozzarella, and Pear With Blue Cheese Butter

From Laura Werlin's Grilled Cheese Please!

Three-Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe 2011-03-25 15:54:23

Ingredients

  1. 3 tablespoons butter
    1/2 large yellow onion, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced (about 1 1/2 cups)
    1 medium firm pear (such as Bosc), peeled, cored, and cut into 1/4-inch cubes (about 3/4 cup)
    1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme
    1/3 teaspoon salt
    Freshly ground black pepper
    3 ounces creamy blue cheese (such as Maytag, Point Reyes Original Blue, or gorgonzola), at room temperature
    8 sandwich-size slices sourdough bread
    6 ounces brie cheese, sliced 1/4-inch thick
    8 ounces mozzarella cheese, coarsely grated

Directions

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until limp but not brown, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the pear and thyme and cook just until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the blue cheese with the remaining 2 tablespoons butter and mash with a fork until well mixed.
  4. To assemble, spread the blue cheese butter on one side of each of the bread slices. Place 4 slices of bread, buttered side down, on your work surface. Lay the Brie slices on the bread. Follow with the onion-pear mixture and finish with the mozzarella. Top with the remaining bread slices, buttered side up.
  5. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat for 2 minutes. Put the sandwiches into a pan, cover, and cook for 3 minutes, or until golden brown. Turn the sandwiches, pressing each one firmly with a spatula to compress the filling slightly. Cover and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until the undersides are well browned. Turn the sandwiches once more, press firmly with the spatula again, cook for 1 minute, and remove from the pan. Let cool for 5 minutes. Cut in half and serve.
  6. Alternately, preheat your sandwich maker and cook according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Makes 4 sandwiches.

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