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Pear & Proscuitto Panini

Once upon a time, I discovered a sandwich that was so good, my life was forever changed.  To my grandmother, aunt, mother, sister, and I it became known simply as “the sandwich”.  If one of us suggested we go out to lunch for “the sandwich”, there was a common understanding among us all.

One day, the bistro that served this sandwich closed.  It was a sad, sad day.  We all lamented the death of “the sandwich”.

Days turned into weeks, weeks turned into months, and months turned into years.

I was in the store recently and saw a lone block of harvarti in the cheese case.  I thought to myself, “Hey, when was the last time I had some harvarti?”  At that moment, happy memories of “the sandwich” came running back.

I’ve decided to bring back the glory that was “the sandwich” and share it with the world with a few tweaks.

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”.

Now here’s to hoping these ingredients are already in your home or only a short drive away.  If they aren’t, 60 minutes round trip is well worth it if that’s what it takes…trust me.

Pear & Proscuitto Panini

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


  1. Mix the mayonnaise and preserves together in a small bowl.
  2. Spread the mayonnaise evenly on the four slices of bread.
  3. Top one side of each sandwich with the slices of pear and harvarti.
  4. Add 1 tbsp. of pecans to each sandwich. Twist the prosciutto and add two slices to each sandwich.
  5. Press the two halves of the sandwiches together.
  6. Butter a pan or panini press and heat over medium heat.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

Filed under: Sandwiches


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  1. You sold me on this sandwich and I’ve only had prosciutto once because I’m not sure how I feel about it. The combo of ingredients makes it sound like a sophisticated sandwich!!

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