Strawberries-and-Cream Panini

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Active: 20 min
  • Yield: 4 sandwiches
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Ingredients

1/4 cup cream cheese

1/4 cup ricotta

1/4 cup toasted hazelnuts 

8 ounces strawberries, hulled and halved 

1 teaspoon honey 

1 teaspoon orange zest (from 1/2 orange)

1/8 teaspoon salt 

8 slices brioche (1/2-inch slices) 

1/4 cup sugar 

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature 

Directions

  1. In a food processor, pulse together the cream cheese, ricotta, hazelnuts, strawberries, honey, orange zest and salt until just combined and slightly chunky. Spread about 1/4 cup of the mixture on 4 slices of brioche. Top with the remaining slices to make sandwiches.
  2. Mix the sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
  3. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. (Alternatively, use a panini press.) Spread each sandwich on both sides with 1 tablespoon butter, and then sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar.
  4. Place the sandwiches in the skillet and cook until golden brown and caramelized, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  5. Wait 1 minute before cutting the sandwiches in half. Serve immediately.

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