It's time for an Autumn Tea Party and a recipe. I love this sandwich I came upon it about a year and a half ago and I've been inspired to create similar sandwiches. The recipe for it is here.
Pear, Blue Cheese, Caramelized Onion, & Arugula Panini
Adapted from Clean Eating
Makes 1 sandwich
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 medium-large yellow or red onion, thinly sliced
Salt & Pepper
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar (optional)
1/2 ripe pear, cored and thinly sliced
2 slices whole grain bread
2 teaspoons honey Dijon mustard
1/2 oz blue cheese, sliced thinly
Handful of baby arugula
Heat oil in a medium to large skillet over medium heat. Add onions, stir to coat with oil, and season with salt and pepper. Let cook over medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft and caramelized, about 25-30 minutes. I like to add a splash of balsamic vinegar in the last few minutes of cooking to deglaze the pan and add some flavour to the onions, but this step is optional.
Remove onions from pan, and add sliced pear. Cook over medium heat for around 3 minutes, until softened and slightly golden coloured. Remove from heat.
Spread mustard on one slice of bread, top with arugula, onions, pears, and blue cheese, and the other piece of bread. Heat in a panini press, or if you don’t have one, heat the sandwich on a griddle pan (or skillet) with a heavy pot on top of the sandwich to press it into the skillet (I put a can inside the pot to weigh it down), then flip and repeat on the other side. Serve warm.
Enjoy your sandwich with these pretty pictures!