The idea for this sandwich has been floating around in my head for a few weeks now as I worked on the recipe and this weekend I finally nailed the it and got the chance to make it. The basic idea behind this sandwich was to combine sweet fig preserves with salty prosciutto in a grilled cheese sandwich that is cooked panini style in a grill press. Sweet things like jams and preserves work surprisingly well in grilled cheese sandwiches and when combined with something like prosciutto you definitely have a winning combination. For the cheese I wanted to go with something that does not have a strong flavour so that it does not drown out the flavours of the fig preserves and prosciutto and mozzarella was the perfect choice. At this point the sandwich was already sounding really good but I was sure that some peppery arugula, lightly tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette would make the sandwich even better! For the bread I went with a ciabatta bun that worked particularly well when pressed panini style.
Fig and Prosciutto Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Salty prosciutto covered creamy melted fresh mozzarella and balanced by sweet fig preserves and peppery arugula all wrapped in a crusty ciabatta bun and grilled to perfection.
- 1 ciabatta bun, sliced in half
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons fig preserves
- 2 slices prosciutto
- 1/4 cup fresh mozzarella, room temperature
- 1 handful arugula tossed with 1 teaspoon balsamic vinaigrette
- Assemble sandwich and grill until golden brown and the cheese has melted, about 2-3 minutes per side.
Ooh, that sandwich sounds amazing. Can't go wrong with fig and prosciutto. A perfect pairing!
Blog is the New Black says
This looks absolutely wonderful!!!!
I have no doubt that this flavor combination is a winner. When figs ripen on my tree, I like to broil them briefly with a bit of blue cheese, wrapped in proscuitto.
Happy Holidays to you.
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I'm telling you man…..you gotta!
Kev, looks good and at least the size appears edible. ok I know you don't want to post but just a note from me to you. Ok no prob. ciao. fleur.
Rosa's Yummy Yums says
Very scrumptious! A divine combo.
This is a sandwich after my own heart. I love figs and prosciutto together. Pressed between two pieces of quality toast and cheese… perfection.
This reminds me of a stepped up monte cristo! Loving it. Anything with figs and cheese makes me unendingly happy.
Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen says
YUM….this sounds amazing! I love figs and proscuitto together!
Kathy Mercure says
OMG, I have a mania for sweet and salty grilled sammies! Will try this one if I can find fig preserves…
as an Italian, I do approve of this sandwich. We usually simply eat fresh Figs and Prosciutto together in plain bread, but I'm dying to try this well reworked version