This grilled Brie and pear sandwich is dedicated to National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day, which happens every April 12, thanks mostly to bored food bloggers and cheese-industry marketing cartels. I'm looking at you, Wisconsin.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
5 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
1
Yield:
1 sandwich
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Ingredients

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Original recipe yields 1 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Generously butter one side of each slice of bread.

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  • Heat a skillet over medium heat.

  • Place bread slices butter-side down into hot skillet. Arrange Brie cheese slices on top of each piece of bread. Sprinkle thyme and cracked black pepper over the top.

  • Spread pear slices in a single layer over the Brie cheese on one slice of bread and top with a pinch of salt.

  • Flip the slice of bread without pears onto the slice of bread with the pear slices. Continue cooking sandwich until cheese and pear are heated through and cheese is melted, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and cut into halves.

Nutrition Facts

670 calories; protein 22g 44% DV; carbohydrates 56.5g 18% DV; fat 41.3g 64% DV; cholesterol 121.1mg 40% DV; sodium 998.4mg 40% DV. Full Nutrition

Reviews (18)

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Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2015
YUM! This is a wonderful way to take a classic like grilled cheese and give it a "gourmet" twist. I love pears and brie cheese so I had to give this a try and even my husband who was a bit skeptical gave it a thumbs up. Next time I might add a little proscuitto. Thanks for a great recipe Chef John! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/20/2016
I used dried thyme and my pears were hard (but tasty!) so I am not sure how much it affected the dish. I feel like the pear taste was not prominent enough and that the pears didn't stick well to the bread and kept falling out so I couldn't really add any more pear. Read More
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  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 2
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Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2015
YUM! This is a wonderful way to take a classic like grilled cheese and give it a "gourmet" twist. I love pears and brie cheese so I had to give this a try and even my husband who was a bit skeptical gave it a thumbs up. Next time I might add a little proscuitto. Thanks for a great recipe Chef John! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/24/2014
My vegetarian daughter was coming for lunch and I thought I would do a search for Brie and found this recipe. Well we made it exactly as called for and it was a terrific hit! I didn't realize it was Chef John's recipe until I came back to write the review Bravo Chef John! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2014
The ultimate grilled cheese sandwich. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/17/2014
Wow!! What an awesome flavor combination and SO easy-peasy!! Great recipe!! I also tried it with Sourdough bread and it was da' bomb!! More grilled cheese recipes please! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/14/2015
Loved this recipe! I actually added prosciutto ham and used sourdough bread. It was amazing and my husband and 4 year old loved it as well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/02/2016
This was a great idea for a sammich that I never thought about! Two of my favorite things Brie and pears! I used a sprinkle of salt and Italian seasoning and it was so delicious. This will be a regular easy dinner for me on my late work nights. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/30/2019
I made this the other night for the family. They are not picky eaters but this is a strange but wonderful combination and we all enjoyed this recipe. I even went way out of my way to purchase some bakery sourdough bread. I will make this again for sure. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2018
Delicious!! If you can't find Brie cheese at your local grocery store try the spreadable Crème de Brie...still makes for a great sandwich! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/19/2019
It was delicious quick and easy to prep. and very very easy to eat with an arugula salad on the side sabrosisimo. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
09/20/2016
I used dried thyme and my pears were hard (but tasty!) so I am not sure how much it affected the dish. I feel like the pear taste was not prominent enough and that the pears didn't stick well to the bread and kept falling out so I couldn't really add any more pear. Read More