Fruit and cheese is a classic combination, but most people limit themselves to apples and cheddar. Today, Gina Homolka introduces us to an adventurous combination from The Skinnytaste Cookbook: Light on Calories, Big on Flavor. She pairs succulent Royal Riviera® Pears with creamy Brie cheese and then adds fig butter to create a superb grilled cheese recipe that will titillate your tastebuds. It’s comfort food turned into a culinary delight for the health-conscious, courtesy of a Skinnytaste recipe.

Have you ever had baked Brie? If not, you’re totally missing out. And if you have, then you’ll understand why this grilled cheese sandwich works. I love the salty-sweet combination of ripe pears and Brie. Adding a touch of fig butter — a fruit spread not to be confused with butter — to this grilled cheese sandwich enhances the sweetness of the pears and makes it a real adult treat.

Skinnytaste Pear and Brie Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Creamy Brie and fig butter paired with succulent Royal Riviera® Pears to create a superb grilled cheese sandwich designed to titillate your tastebuds.

Pear and Brie Gourmet Grilled Cheese Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Servings 4


  • 8 slices multi-grain bread
  • ¼ cup fruit butter such as fig or apple
  • 1 Harry & David® Royal Riviera® Pears (peeled, thinly sliced6 oz light Brie, rind removed, sliced1 can olive oil spray or oil mister)


  • Heat skillet over medium-low heat.
  • Spread each slice of bread with ½ tablespoon fig or apple butter.
  • Top 4 bread slices with the Royal Riviera® Pear and Brie, then top with remaining bread slices.
  • Spray both sides sandwiches with a little oil.
  • Place sandwiches, one at a time, in hot skillet and cook until bread is golden cheese starts to melt, about 2 minutes on each side.
  • Alternatively, use a panini press.
  • Serve hot.


What To Do Next…

  1. Did you try Gina’s recipe? Please let us know in the comments. We’d love to hear from you.
  2. Order your box of Royal Riviera® Pears today.
Author: Gina Homolka
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Gina's blog Skinnytaste ( features delicious, healthy, low fat, family-friendly recipes several times per week. The blog began in 2008 with a mission to blend her two passions, great food and beautiful photography.

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