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This sounded amazing, but I didn’t want to get my hopes up before making it. Chocolate+cheese+herbs? Luckily, the combo was fantastic. I used my homemade ciabatta, and splurged by using olive oil instead of my olive oil spray. I can’t say I’ll make this too often, but I really really liked it! I skipped the step about toasting the bread before adding the fillings.

Panini with chocolate and brie (Giada)


  • 12 slices sourdough bread
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 12 ounces Brie cheese, thinly sliced
  • 1 (12-ounce) bag semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves


Preheat the panini grill.

Brush both sides of the bread with olive oil. Grill the bread slices until they begin to turn golden, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the panini grill and place 2 ounces of cheese on 1 slice of bread (the bottom half), top the cheese with 1/3 cup chocolate chips, and a sprinkle of basil. Top with another slice of bread. Continue with the remaining sandwiches. Return the sandwiches to the panini grill until the chocolate begins to melt, about another 2 minutes.

Cut the sandwiches into 2-inch wide rectangles or small triangles and transfer to a serving platter.


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