Sweet Rosemary Goat Cheese Panini

Sweet Rosemary Goat Cheese Panini is a combination of all delicious flavors in one tasty sandwich. 

One of the things I love most about the Foodie Pen Pal Program is the chance to try products I NEVER would have discovered before.

Such as guava paste. I mean living in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan guava is hard to come by as a whole fruit, let alone a paste! So you can imagine the confusion and excitement that I felt when I opened my package from this past month.

WHAT IN THE WORLD DO I DO WITH THE STUFF?!!

Well, after some “Googling” (can you believe that’s practically a word now?!) and some researching, I learned that guava paste is typically paired with cheese. Normally in a dessert form or used as a spread in an appetizer plate.

However, after my friend Heather suggested doing a sweet grilled cheese, it had me thinking!
I like the combination of sweet and savory ingredients together, yet I wanted something more substantial like a sandwich.

So a PANINI it was!
I paired the guava paste with fresh whole grain bread from a local bakery, arugula from a local farm, goat cheese and rosemary right from my herb plant. These flavors came together in such, dare I say “classy” manner, that I felt this should be served at a chic cafe!

I’ll just envision my little kitchen as that now! šŸ˜‰

I’m sure this recipe could be adapted using any preferable type of cheese but make sure that rosemary and fresh arugula sticks in there with the guava paste. They seemed to help bring the whole flavor of the panini together!

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Sweet Rosemary Goat Cheese Panini

Sweet Rosemary Goat Cheese Panini is a combination of all delicious flavors in one tasty sandwich.

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  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 5
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1

Ingredients

  • 2 slices whole-grain bread
  • 2 (1/4 inch slices) goat cheese, cut in half
  • 1/2 inch slice of Guava paste, cubed
  • Small handful arugula
  • 1 tsp chopped rosemary
  • EVO
  • Black pepper

Instructions

  1. Brush one side of each bread slice with EVO and grind black pepper on top.
  2. Lay goat cheese slices on one of the bread slices (the side with no EVO).
  3. Lay the guava paste slices on the other.
  4. Sprinkle rosemary over the top of both slices.
  5. Lay arugula over each slice.
  6. Heat panini press (or mini George Foreman)
  7. Place slices together and put on press once hot
  8. Cook for 4-5 minutes, until cheese is melted and oozes out.

Nutrition

  • Calories: 211
  • Sugar: 10
  • Sodium: 304
  • Fat: 3
  • Saturated Fat: 1
  • Unsaturated Fat: 2
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 40
  • Protein: 8
  • Cholesterol: 0

If you don’t have a panini press or a George Foreman, this can easily be made in a skillet or griddle. Just cook for about 2-2.5 minutes per side and flip. Serve when the cheese and guava paste begin to melt together!

 

Never underestimate the power of a strange ingredient!

That’s why you should always keep yourself (and taste buds) open to new things! It helps you expand your horizons!

XOXO. Britt

What’s the strangest ingredient you’ve ever cooked with?

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