Tassel Ridge Turkey, Brie, Poached Pear, and Arugula Pesto Panini
- 8 slices of bread whole wheat or whole grain bread, recommended
- 2 lbs Oven Roasted Turkey Breast sliced
- 2 Poached Pears cored and sliced (recipe below)
- 2 cups fresh spinach
- 1 lb Brie cheese sliced, evenly, into 20 pieces
- 1 cup Arugula Pesto recipe below
Poached Pears Ingredients:
- 2 pears peeled
- 1 cup Tassel Ridge® Candleglow® Red
- 3 cups water
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 whole cloves
- 1 cinnamon stick about 3 inches long
- pinch of salt
Arugula Pesto Ingredients:
- 2¼ cups arugula
- 1 cup fresh spinach
- 1 cup shredded Parmesan
- ½ cup pine nuts toasted and cooled
- 5 basil leaves
- 1 clove garlic
- ¾ cup oil
- ¼ tsp salt
Preheat panini press to medium high. Place 8 oz of turkey on slice of bread. Top with ¼ of pear slices and ½ cup spinach. Add 5 slices of cheese. Spread second slice of bread with generous amount of pesto. Place on top of sandwich. Wrap sandwich in parchment paper. Place in panini press. Cook for about 4 minutes or until cheese is melted and bread is toasted to your liking. Remove from press and remove parchment paper. Repeat, making three more sandwiches. Serves 4.
Poached Pears Directions:
Combine all ingredients in medium saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce to simmer. Simmer about 40 minutes or until knife is easily inserted into pears. Remove from heat. Place pears and liquid in bowl. Refrigerate until ready to use. Makes 2 poached pears.
Arugula Pesto Directions:
Combine arugula, spinach, Parmesan, pine nuts, basil, and garlic in food processor. Pulse quickly about 6 times. Turn on processor and slowly add oil. Once oil is combined, turn off processor. Add salt and give it a quick pulse. Pour into container and refrigerate until ready to use. Makes about 1½ cups.
Wine Recommendation—Tassel Ridge Cranberry Wine or Oskyfizzante® Cranberry
Tassel Ridge Cranberry Wine offers a tart cranberry punch with a smooth and sweet finish. It is perfect with turkey in any form. Oskyfizzante® Cranberry is a fizzy cranberry wine that turns holiday meals into celebrations.