Nov 5
2012

Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe with Brie, Pear & Hazelnuts

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Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe with Brie, Pear & Hazelnuts by Cookin' Canuck

There’s nothing quite as comforting as a grilled cheese sandwich on a cold day. This vegetarian version pairs gooey, melted Brie cheese with sweet pears, toasted hazelnuts and arugula.

Whenever I make a grilled cheese sandwich, I get a sudden craving for a bowl of soup, preferably tomato. This certainly is born straight from the lunches that my mum and I shared together at The Avenue Grill in Vancouver when I was a kid. It changed hands many years ago, but when we frequented the little restaurant, it was a dingy hole-in-the-wall that served simple diner food. It was the perfect place to nestle into a booth and chat over bowls of soup and golden brown grilled sandwiches.

This sandwich is certainly fancier than what they served at The Avenue Grill, but it takes mere minutes to put together. Pile the country-style whole wheat bread with slices of Brie cheese, sweet pear, toasted hazelnuts, peppery arugula and a drizzle of honey. When the bread is golden brown and the Brie cheese is melting down the sides, the sandwich is ready.

The recipe:

On 4 slices of bread, lay the Brie cheese, pear, honey, hazelnuts and arugula, dividing evenly between the slices.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe with Brie, Pear & Hazelnuts

Lay the remaining 4 slices of bread on top to form sandwiches.

Preheat a cast-iron or nonstick skillet over medium heat. Brush the top slices of bread with olive oil.

Place the sandwiches top-side down in the preheated skillet. Brush the other slices of bread (now the top) with the remaining olive oil.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe with Brie, Pear & Hazelnuts by Cookin' Canuck

Cook until the bottom slice of bread is golden brown. Flip over the sandwiches and cook until the other side of the sandwich is golden brown and the cheese is melted.

Cut the sandwiches in half and serve.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe with Brie, Pear & Hazelnuts by Cookin' Canuck

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Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe with Brie, Pear & Hazelnuts

Yield: Serves 4

From the kitchen of Cookin Canuck. www.cookincanuck.com

Ingredients

  • 8 slices country-style whole wheat bread
  • 4 oz. Brie cheese, sliced
  • 1 medium ripe pear, sliced
  • 4 tsp honey or agave nectar
  • 4 tsp chopped hazelnuts, lightly toasted
  • 1 cup (packed) arugula leaves
  • 3 tbsp olive oil

Instructions

  1. On 4 slices of bread, lay the Brie cheese, pear, honey, hazelnuts and arugula, dividing evenly between the slices.
  2. Lay the remaining 4 slices of bread on top to form sandwiches.
  3. Preheat a cast-iron or nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  4. Brush the top slices of bread with olive oil.
  5. Place the sandwiches top-side down in the preheated skillet. Brush the other slices of bread (now the top) with the remaining olive oil.
  6. Cook until the bottom slice of bread is golden brown. Flip over the sandwiches and cook until the other side of the sandwich is golden brown and the cheese is melted.
  7. Cut the sandwiches in half and serve.

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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

1 marla November 5, 2012 at 6:56 am

You had me at every single one of these ingredients!! XO

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2 kelley November 5, 2012 at 7:26 am

Gorgeous, Dara! Grilled cheese is the ultimate in comfort food. Brie can be so rich, the arugula and apple are a great touch!

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3 Bev @ Bev Cooks November 5, 2012 at 8:14 am

Y- ES.

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4 Brooks November 5, 2012 at 8:26 am

Splendid use of ingredients, Dara! Mrs. W. will be completely enamored by this sandwich. Thak you for sharing the recipe.

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5 Cassie | Bake Your Day November 5, 2012 at 9:57 am

I’m a fool for grilled cheese and you have outdone yourself with the brie, pear and hazelnut combo. Love this Dara!

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6 Joan November 5, 2012 at 10:22 am

You had me at Brie and lost me at hazelnuts. But, then I thought … you can use pecans. Wow! What a comination!
Even my husband – who doesn’t like people messing with his basic process cheese trilled cheese sandwich – approved.

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7 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet November 5, 2012 at 11:49 am

Brie and pear is my fav fruit and cheese combo. The grilled cheese sandwich with them and walnuts – oh yes, I’m sold!!!

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8 Dara November 5, 2012 at 12:02 pm

Love the addition of hazelnuts for a nice crunch. Not the biggest brie fan (I know, something is wrong with me!) but I would do this with goat cheese or old cheddar. Yum!

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9 Lana @ Never Enough Thyme November 5, 2012 at 12:17 pm

I love trying new and different combinations in my grilled cheese. This one sounds absolutely fabulous.

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10 Jen @ Savory Simple November 5, 2012 at 1:16 pm

I loooove this recipe!

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11 Annalise November 5, 2012 at 1:46 pm

I so wish I had all the ingredients to make this for lunch today, this sandwich looks divine!

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12 Jessica@AKitchenAddiction November 5, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Love these flavors for a grilled cheese!

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13 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking November 5, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Now that’s my kind of grilled cheese! Lovely flavor combinations.

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14 Kari@Loaves and Dishes November 5, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Yummo! These ingredients are PERFECT for each other.

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15 Julia {The Roasted Root} November 5, 2012 at 5:33 pm

Grilled cheese sandwiches are a great comfort food, I agree! I still haven’t tried one all dolled up with different cheeses and fruit so I’m excited to try the brie and pear combo! Looks tasty and addicting!

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16 Deborah November 5, 2012 at 7:06 pm

I am a brie fanatic – this sandwich was made for me!!

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17 Laura (Tutti Dolci) November 5, 2012 at 7:34 pm

This is the ultimate grilled cheese for me!

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18 Elaine Enlightening November 6, 2012 at 6:47 am

I am a first time visiter to your blog and I can hardly sit still after seeing your post. I want to run right out and buy the ingredients to make the cool grilled cheese sandwich. I am vegetarian, so what a pleasant surprise to see this. I have puppies to feed and exercising to do, all things I love as much as food, really. But, when I go shopping tomorrow I will be armed and ready.

I also love your website and the recipe section just for me. Sweet!

I looooove soup and sandwich this time of year. I had grilled cheese (sprouted grain bread, provolone cheese and banana peppers, with garlic, yummy!) and tomato soup (organic tomato or black bean) every day last week. Still love it!

Thanks again. I’ll be back for sure!!

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19 Kate@Diethood November 6, 2012 at 7:22 am

UM. YUM! I think I am going to go and make this right now… it’s 8 am… perfect time for a grilled cheese sandwich! :) It helps that I always have hazelnuts and brie on hand. Pears, too!!

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20 SeattleDee November 6, 2012 at 8:45 am

Scrumptious! I’ll swap out the honey for some homemade chutney, sneak in a slice or two of turkey or Westphalian ham and smile with every bite of this delicious sandwich.

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21 carrian November 6, 2012 at 9:01 am

I love grilled cheese with pear or apple. Sweet and savory!

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22 Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen November 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm

If there was any brie to be had within 50 miles of here, I would make this for lunch, beautiful!

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23 Kevin (Closet Cooking) November 7, 2012 at 5:34 am

Now that is one nice looking grilled cheese sandwich!

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24 jaime @ sweet road November 12, 2012 at 1:17 pm

I definitely want to try this out… I bought some brie coated in herbs the other day and I’m sure it would taste amazing this way.

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25 Denise @ Creative Kitchen November 12, 2012 at 7:33 pm

I’ve been getting into all kinds of grilled cheese lately, and you certainly can’t go wrong with Brie!

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