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Back To School Lunch Sandwich Recipe: Artisan Turkey, Peach & Brie Panini

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Back to school artisan turkey peach brie panini

During my morning walk I noticed the fog of late August, heavy with dew, had arrived. This time of summer always reminds me that our break will soon come to an end and the crisp mornings of September lurk around the corner. For the last 13 years, I have looked forward to this because the excitement in the air was due to anticipation for back to school. Shopping for new notebooks, {affiliate link} pens & pencils, new backpacks {affiliate link}  and of course trying to find the best savings for the bevy of snacks and lunch items that would need to be stockpiled in order to pack a lunch for 2 kids for the next 9 months.

Last year, our oldest went off to college and left me to pack for only one. Our second is now a senior and I am beginning to realize this will be the last year for me to pack a school lunch! I don’t know if I feel sad or happy about that. Both kids fluctuated their picky palates from year to year; in fact, one year I was stuck making a peanut butter {affiliate link} and fill in the blank: jelly, fluff or Nutella and last year I couldn’t break free from the turkey on wheat with mustard. To offer anything different was rebutted with a crinkled up nose and a response of “no, just make the usual.” For a person who loves food, this was like a sentence of doom. I never thought I would be stuck in the doldrums of the same lunch day in and day out.

 

 

artisan turkey peach brie panini ingredients

I set out to make a sandwich I know my son will really enjoy. I mentioned above how I was stuck making turkey every day. Well, this year, I want to step it up a notch and let my inner chef out and make sure that his lunch will feel a bit more “grown up.” So, I found Hillshire came out with a new Naturals Line and I grabbed a package of Oven Roasted Turkey and Black Forest Ham. I passed through the bakery and grabbed a loaf of Price Chopper Artisan Vienna Bread and fresh New Jersey peaches from produce. I found a perfect wedge of Brie Cheese and a few herbs and my mind danced with possibilities.

price chopper artisan bread

This year’s school lunch will have at least one Panini each week. I can mix up the fruit in the pressed sandwich to be whatever is in season; apples, pears, peaches or grapes; add tomatoes, lettuce or spinach and we are in business! To round out the brown paper bag, I can add sliced cucumber “chips”, carrots or snap peas, a homemade cookie and to break from the norm of water, I will cave and pack a Capri Sun. Back to School lunch will be boring no more and the envy of the lunch table!

Do you have picky eaters?

In the meantime, here is the delicious Panini I came up with for the first week of school:  an incredible sandwich; it’s hearty and full of flavor and I know will satisfy a ravenous teen.

Artisan Turkey-Peach & Brie Panini

Ingredients:

2 Slices of Artisan Italian bread or Ciabatta

2 tsp. butter, softened

3 slices of sliced roasted turkey (I used Hillshire Lunchmeat Naturals)

½ fresh peach, pitted and sliced in ¼ – inch slices

4 slices of brie cheese off wedge

 

Instructions:

Slice bread loaf in half.

Cut two slices on a diagonal. Butter one side of bread.

Heat a grill pan over medium high heat. Place one slice of bread buttered side down on hot grill.

peach slices on brie panini

Add slices of turkey, peach slices and brie.

Top with remaining slice of bread, buttered side up.

Cook on a cast-iron grill pan {affiliate link} until golden brown about 3-4 minutes. If you have a press, place on top of bread and press firmly. If you do not have a press, the back of a smaller fry pan will work.

artisan turkey peach brie panini pressed

Flip sandwich over and press firmly. Cook until golden brown.

Remove from heat and let stand for 2-3 minutes before cutting in half.

Serve immediately or wrap in wax paper for lunch.

 

Yield: 1

Artisan Turkey-Peach & Brie Pani

Artisan Turkey Peach Bacon Brie Panini

 Back to School lunches can have a grown up palate for your older student! Try our delicious artisan Turkey-Peach & Brie panini. It's crunchy and gooey cheese go perfectly with sweet peaches and robust turkey. You'll want to pack it for your lunch too!   

Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 Slices of Artisan Italian bread or Ciabatta
  • 2 tsp. butter, softened
  • 3 slices of sliced roasted turkey (I used Hillshire Lunchmeat Naturals)
  • ½ fresh peach, pitted and sliced in ¼ - inch slices
  • 4 slices of brie cheese off wedge

Instructions

  1. Slice bread loaf in half.
  2. Cut two slices on a diagonal. Butter one side of bread.
  3. Heat a grill pan over medium high heat. Place one slice of bread buttered side down on hot grill.
  4. Add slices of turkey, peach slices and brie.
  5. Top with remaining slice of bread, buttered side up.
  6. Cook on a cast-iron grill pan until golden brown about 3-4 minutes. If you have a press, place on top of bread and press firmly. If you do not have a press, the back of a smaller fry pan will work.
  7. Flip sandwich over and press firmly. Cook until golden brown.
  8. Remove from heat and let stand for 2-3 minutes before cutting in half.
  9. Serve immediately or wrap in wax paper for lunch

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 828Total Fat: 48gSaturated Fat: 27gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 226mgSodium: 1234mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 3gSugar: 10gProtein: 55g

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