Dear Giada,

You are so my shero! Your physical beauty is only exceeded by your incredible spirit and Italian charm. This sandwich offering of yours is one that I cannot refuse. This Panini has earned you a place on "My Top Five Favorite Sandwich Chefs" list where you will live forever more. I vow never again to click by your TV show without stopping to see what's cooking
. To think, this kind of decadence has been going on right under my nose, and I didn't smell a thing. I think I love you!

Tips: We used a combo of simi-sweet and dark chocolate chips. Be sure your choice of bread for this sandwich is hearty/crusty/rustic enough. Toasting is key.

12 slices sourdough bread
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
12 ounces Brie cheese, thinly sliced
1 (12-ounce) bag semisweet chocolate chips
1/3 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
Preheat the panini grill.

Brush both sides of the bread with olive oil. Grill the bread slices until they begin to turn golden, about 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the panini grill and place 2 ounces of cheese on 1 slice of bread (the bottom half), top the cheese with 1/3 cup chocolate chips, and a sprinkle of basil. Top with another slice of bread. Continue with the remaining sandwiches. Return the sandwiches to the panini grill until the chocolate begins to melt, about another 2 minutes.

Cut the sandwiches into 2-inch wide rectangles or small triangles and transfer to a serving platter.


  1. Keri... this makes me want to cry.

    I am having company (small party of 1) and i think i will make this for him. surely, if that doesnt make him fall in love with me, nothing will.


  2. You seriously know your Sammie Trivia! I want the chorizo sandwich while a sexy man dances the tango with me!

  3. Keri, This is a little 'out there' for me. But given my recent exposure to basil ice cream with lemon cake, this sandwich could prove to be another delightful culinary surpise. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  4. What an awesome treat! A must try.

  5. Sounds fab and definitely original!

  6. Giada rocks & so does this dessert sammich! If I hadn't eaten dinner right now I woulda whipped one up myself!

  7. Keri,
    This is one of my favorite blogs but please don't stay away too long from you Sneeze blog. I love that one too.

  8. Oooh. I've never even thought about chocolate and basil together. I'd definitely love to try. I'm sort of drooling at the idea of this now. : )

  9. Am totally going to try this. Maybe some nutella? I've been craving that recently...

  10. I love this panini. I made it for an appetizer for a dinner party a few years ago and everyone was sceptical but then loved it!


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