White Chocolate and Olive Panini

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White Chocolate + Olive Panini

I get on panini kicks now and then and usually make a plethora of different recipes at once. Maybe it is because it is such satisfying result for such few ingredients and little effort. People don’t commonly think to put chocolate between bread in this country or alongside savory ingredients; but, I promise that once you get started doing both, you won’t look back.

This week, stay tuned in as I take you through a panini flight from white to milk to dark chocolate. In chocolate tasting, like win sipping, we begin with the lighter flavors (white chocolate) before moving to the darker flavors so that your palate is not overwhelmed.

White chocolate often gets a bad rap. Many argue that it is not chocolate at all. I disagree! White chocolate is made from the cocoa butter that is derived from the cacao bean. The cocoa butter is separated from the dark cocoa solids and combined with sugar and milk to create white chocolate. It is usually quite sweet and very creamy. I usually combine white chocolate with something citrus-y, salty or with a floral note to offset the sweetness. The more delicate flavor of the white chocolate allows the softer citrus and floral notes to enjoy center stage.

In this panino, the sweet white chocolate marries well with the briney olives. Together with the cheese, the white chocolate will ooze between the crunchy bread spreading sweet delight with each savory bite. It is especially important to gather the best quality ingredients. Your white chocolate should be at least 30 % cocoa butter. Don’t use the fake stuff!

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If you don’t have a panini press and don’t want to own another appliance, try this panini iron, which can be pressed on top of the sandwich while it cooks on a grill pan, or a good ol’ waffle iron works well too.

White Chocolate + Olive Panini

Makes 1 sandwich

2 slices rustic Italian bread or ciabatta about 2 inches in diameter
1 1/2 tablespoon first cold pressed, extra virgin olive oil
a pinch Maldon sea salt
¼ ounce (7 grams) white chocolate
1 slice of Buffalo mozzarella
2 nicoise and 2 Castelvetrano Sicilian Green Olives pitted and sliced
a fresh basil leaf

Brush each slice of bread with olive oil front and back. Top with a pinch of sea salt, a slice of buffalo mozzarella cheese, olives, basil, and place a few pieces of white chocolate on top. Sandwich together and place in a preheated Panini press. Press until golden and melted, 2-3 minutes. Bite…mmm!
A great sweet and savory hors d’oeuvre!

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6 Responses to “White Chocolate and Olive Panini”

  1. Dasha says:

    Looks delicious! I am just starting to appreciate olives, but have always loved the combination of sweet and savory. Goat cheese + dark chocolate…fig jam + prosciutto…mango + black beans…

  2. The white chocolate sounds good. The olives — not so much.

  3. Michelle F. says:

    I think this combination looks amazing! I’m going to have to try it! Would you suggest maybe the Amalfi bar to try this combination with?

  4. Shannon says:

    I happened to have all of these ingredients in my pantry when I saw this and can say with confidence that it is delicious!

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