Creamy goat cheese, wild blueberries, and fresh basil combine into this irresistibly easy Blueberry Basil & Goat Cheese Panini Sandwich.
this post was first published in 2016, but has since then been updated.
It’s no mystery that 98.5% of the time, I am a salad girl. AKA pile leftovers, full on meals, the kitchen sink over a bed of greens…salad. Ever since I started dating a guy that had dreams of opening a deli, sandwiches have since become our thing. Whenever we go exploring, or out for lunch, we’re looking for the place with the fattest, most impressive looking sandwiches. The best kind of all? Pressed sandwiches. WITH GOAT CHEESE.
There’s just something that those grill marks on a sandwich that makes this foodie heart of mine melt, swoon, and…okay wait did you say goat cheese?!
I used frozen wild blueberries since they tend to be sweeter, and since they’re a bit smaller than conventional berries, I can fit more of those sweet jewels per square inch of my bread. I’m not a math whiz, but that’s somewhere around the ballpark of HELLUVAHGOOD.
Plus as a Mainer at heart, ( I love you Portland!) I feel it’s obligatory to use the gems of our homeland, but foraging off a blossoming bush on the roadside of a winding back road along the ocean will just have to wait until next time.
So I settled for the next best thing, a bag of Wyman’s frozen wild blueberries. Unlike the picturesque idea of Maine life, picking berries along the ocean with a lobster roll in hand, a bag of frozen Maine blueberries is about as close to that dream as I’m getting anytime soon.
It’s creamy. It’s sweet. Herbaceous. And effin grilled. This sandwich is putting it all out there for you. Who’s this salad person who speak of again?
Money-Saving Tips for this Panini Sandwich:
- Buy in bulk. Bigger bags of frozen blueberries, as well as whole goat cheese (non-crumbled) are more cost effective options.
- Purchase a bunch. Pre-packed basil tends to be more expensive because of packaging. If you can buy a loose bunch, they tend to be less expensive.
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Creamy goat cheese, wild blueberries, and fresh basil combine into this irresistibly easy and vegetarian-friendly Blueberry Basil & Goat Cheese Panini Sandwich.
- 2 slices bread (I used multigrain)
- 1/2 cup frozen wild blueberries, thawed and drained
- 2 ounces goat cheese, softened
- 2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil
- Preheat panini press or skillet to medium heat.
- Spread both slices of bread evenly with goat cheese.
- Top one slice with thawed and drained blueberries.
- Sprinkle with basil, and top with remaining bread.
- Spray skillet or press with cooking spray, and add sandwich.
- Cook for 1-2 minutes. If using skillet, flip sandwich and cook an additional 1-2 minutes.
- Remove from heat and serve.
- Can be made gluten-free by using any gluten-free bread.
- Fresh blueberries can be used in place of frozen.
- Category: Sandwich
- Method: Grill
- Cuisine: Vegetarian
Keywords: Sandwich, Panini, Blueberry, Goat Cheese, Basil, Vegetarian, Lunch
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