If you're not cooking a romantic dinner for two this Valentine's Day, then give this strangely delicious sandwich a shot. Made with salty, creamy brie and dark chocolate, this panini is neither a full-on dessert or a savory entree, but the sticky, gooey results will have you licking your fingers anyway. I've been curious to try this ever since PartySugar featured it on the menu of her wine and chocolate tasting, so I whipped up a batch on the panini press the other day. I had a lot of leftover dark chocolate from the holidays, so I used that rather than the semisweet chips, which sounded too sweet. To see how it turned out and to get the recipe, read more.
In addition to swapping in dark chocolate, I also reduced the amount used on each sandwich, after making one panini and finding that the chocolate totally overpowered the cheese. To me, it's the combination of velvety chocolate and savory, decadent brie that makes this sandwich interesting. I also added more basil and left the leaves whole, just because I liked the look of it. Some of my friends found the basil too weird and said they'd swap in mint, which would also be good. Here's how I did it.
Modified From Giada De Laurentiis Ingredients 12 slices sourdough bread Directions Serves 6.
Chocolate and Brie Panini
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
12 ounces Brie cheese, thinly sliced
10 ounces dark chocolate squares
2/3 cup fresh basil leaves
Modified From Giada De Laurentiis
12 slices sourdough bread