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The Better Pear, Avocado, and Bacon Panini

June 22, 2014

I've been lugging my panini maker around college with me for the entire year, and like 90 percent of people with a panini grill or any kind of specialized kitchen gadget, I really have not used it as much as I expected I would. I saw it sitting in my cabinet all sad and dusty and decided I had to use it or sell it on Ebay. Not being one to easily part with kitchen gear, I decided to create a panini to share with you all. 
And what I came up with is officially my favorite sandwich of all time you guys! It is so delicious I can't even tell you.* The saltiness of the bacon and cheese is the perfect complement to sweet crispy pear slices. And then last minute I decided to throw in a couple slices of avocado because it's summer time, and I'm pretty sure there is an unofficial rule that all summer sandwiches must have avocado.

*Be careful. I really can't afford to be labeled as the catalyst for anyone's budding panini addiction. 
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For the recipe click the "read more" link below. Happy eating!

serves 2

4 slices texas toast
¼ avocado sliced thinly 
3 slices apple smoked bacon cook cut in half to give you 6 short pieces 
1 pear thinly sliced
a few slices of high quality cheddar cheese
butter for spreading on bread

1. Spread a thin coat of butter on outer sides of texas toast
2. Layer sandwich ingredients onto bread: cheese, avocado, pear, then bacon
3. Place on a panini grill* (medium-high heat) for 4 minutes or until bread is browned and cheese has melted. 

*If you don't have a panini grill place sandwich in a heated skillet and weigh down with a heavy plate. Flip halfway through cooking. 

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