broadly speaking, this brie and blueberry jam panini was inspired by the sound of music. remember when julie andrews’ character sings about a few of her favorite things? that’s what this sandwich is: brie + blueberry jam + shallots + baby arugula + crunchy whole wheat bread = a few of my favorite things.
i suspect that none of these items on their own require much explanation as to why they would be included on a list of my favorite things. however, i think that maybe right up until the moment when you take your first bite of a panini/grilled cheese that combines cheese and some kind of fruit jam, it sounds pretty weird. and then, if you are like me, that moment marks the beginning of a new era in your life, the one in which every possible panini that you consider making includes the question, ‘would this be better with some kind of jam situation?’.
and often the answer is yes. here, the sweet (but not cloying) blueberry jam is offset by the slightly bitter baby arugula and ever so slightly tangy sautéed shallots with white wine vinegar. and then brie does its amazingly smooth melty thing, which is contrasted by the crispy, crunchy whole wheat bread. yum. i won’t be so presumptuous as to declare that this will be one of your new favorite things, but it’s definitely one of mine.