The reason we became such addicts to two pieces of bread and the fillings in between, is because it had all the best things about good flavors married together. Warm, gooey harvarti, crunchy nuts, salty ham, fruity mayonnaise, and sweet pears came together in such harmony...well, it could make me drive over 60 minutes round trip.
The original sandwich and my version below are the same with the exception of prosciutto in place of ham and fresh pears in place of canned ones.
So without further adieu, I give to you "the sandwich".
Pear & Prosciutto Panini
Makes 2 sandwiches
- 2 tbsp. mayonnaise
- 1 tbsp. apricot preserves
- 4 thin slices of crusty bread
- 1 crisp pear, thinly sliced
- 6 slices harvarti cheese
- 2 tbsp. pecans
- 4 slices prosciutto
- 1 tbsp. butter
Mix the mayonnaise and preserves together in a small bowl.
Spread the mayonnaise evenly on the four slices of bread.
Top one side of each sandwich with the slices of pear and harvarti.
Add 1 tbsp. of pecans to each sandwich. Twist the prosciutto and add two slices to each sandwich.
Press the two halves of the sandwiches together.
Butter a pan or panini press and heat over medium heat.
Place the sandwiches on the press or in the pan. If using a grill pan or a skillet, use a heavy pan or brick wrapped in foil to compress the sandwiches.
After 4-5 minutes, flip the sandwiches and toast until heated through and cheese has melted.
You're now a member of "the sandwich" club. Welcome.