Strawberry, Brie & Arugula Panini

Dianna | May 18, 2017

If you’re anything like me, ripe, juicy berries might cause you to go a little overboard when you’re stocking up. The next thing you know, you’re racing against the clock and needing to figure out how to use them all up before things start to get “fuzzy.”

Fear not, my friends. Strawberries aren’t just for simple snacking, baking and desserts. They can also make an amazing accompaniment to all sorts of dishes —  from salads to entrees… to sandwiches.


Enter the Strawberry, Brie & Arugula Panini.

Thick slices of challah bread envelop melty, creamy brie cheese, sweet California Giant strawberries and peppery arugula in this easy panini that’s anything but ordinary. The strawberries {which really are naturally quite giant, by the way} brighten up the flavors and help kick things up a notch. A sandwich like this is simple enough to make any day of the week, or special enough to serve to a lunch guest.


Strawberry, Brie & Arugula Panini


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 pieces thick-sliced challah {or your favorite} bread
  • 5 ounces brie, sliced
  • 2-3 California Giant strawberries, sliced
  • 1/4 cup arugula


  1. Heat a grill pan or skillet over medium-low heat.
  2. Meanwhile, arrange brie, strawberries and arugula on one slice of bread. Top with second slice of bread. {Yes, I just told you how to assemble a sandwich.}
  3. Melt butter on grill pan or skillet and place sandwich on pan.
  4. Place a press {or an inverted plate and weigh down with a can} on top of the sandwich and heat for about 2-3 minutes. Carefully flip and repeat the process on the other side for another 2-3 minutes or until the cheese becomes melty.
  5. Remove from pan, cut half with a sharp knife. Serve hot.


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Dianna blogs about her cooking and antics on The Kitchen Prep. Along with her recipes - which range from light and fresh to blissfully indulgent - Dianna shares anecdotes about life, travel and Florida living. In a perfect world, she'd be covered in flour and clothed in Lilly Pulitzer.

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