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Chocolate Panini

Updated February 23, 2016
This image courtesy of Joseph DeLeo

Warm, oozing chocolate sandwiches for dessert … need I say more? In the purest example of casual entertaining, I often host a panini party. I put the press right on the counter with all the ingredients, pullout the wine and tumblers, and allow everyone to make their own sandwiches. Finish ’em off with this showstopper.

Cooking Notes: Use the best-quality bittersweet chocolate you can afford. I like Scharffen Berger chocolate, which is manufactured in Berkeley, California, but you could use Callebaut, Valrhona, or another top-drawer brand.

Entertaining Notes: Try an all-dessert panini bar using Nutella and sliced bananas, orange marmalade and blue cheese, and sautéed apples, or Honey-Roasted Applesauce  and sharp Cheddar.

Wine Notes: Chocolate-filled panini and tumblers of Chianti go together.

Serves4

CostInexpensive

Easy

Total Timeunder 30 minutes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionCasual Dinner Party

Recipe Coursedessert, snack

Dietary Considerationegg-free, peanut free, soy free, vegetarian

Equipmentpanini press

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Mealsnack

Taste and Texturebuttery, chocolatey, creamy, crisp, nutty, spiced, sweet

Type of Dishchocolate dessert

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 8 slices walnut or Italian country bread
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, coarsely grated
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ cup creme fraiche

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