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Fig and Goat Cheese Sandwich

Fig and Goat Cheese Sandwich


Kristie Collado

Fig and Goat Cheese Sandwich

Fresh figs are a delicious warm weather treat but they’re highly perishable so don’t buy them more than a day or two in advance (and be sure to store them in your refrigerator). When you’re ready to use your figs, try them sliced and served on bread with goat cheese, honey, black pepper, and greens for a simple and delicious summer sandwich.

Ingredients

  • 1 6-inch baguette, sliced lengthwise and cut in half crosswise
  • 3 Ounces goat cheese
  • 6 leaves baby spinach (or arugula)
  • 2 large (or 4 small) fresh figs
  • 1 Tablespoon honey
  • Freshly cracked black pepper

Servings2

Calories Per Serving599

Folate equivalent (total)322µg80%

Riboflavin (B2)0.9mg52.4%


Recipe Summary

  • 1 loaf ciabatta bread, ends trimmed, sliced in half horizontally
  • 1/4 cup store-bought fig jam
  • 3/4 pound fontina cheese, sliced
  • 1/3 pound thinly sliced Black Forest ham
  • 8 to 10 fresh figs, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon Rosemary Oil

Heat a griddle over medium heat.

Spread cut sides of bread with fig jam. On the bottom half of the bread, layer 1/2 the cheese, then the ham, the figs, and the remaining cheese. Enclose with the top half of the bread. Brush with rosemary oil. Place on griddle or in a nonstick skillet, and weight top of sandwich with a heavy skillet or a foil-lined brick. Cook until bottom is golden, about 4 minutes. Flip sandwich over, and repeat with opposite side. Cut crosswise into 6 to 8 pieces serve immediately.


Fig Jam and Goat Cheese Grilled Sandwich

The fig jam in this sandwich is very easy to make. Make sure to spread a lot on because it&aposs delicious, especially when paired with goat cheese.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup dried figs
  • Hot water
  • 1/4-1/2 cup honey
  • 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
  • Goat cheese
  • 2 slices of bread of your choice

Preparation

1. Steep dried figs in hot water for at least 30 minutes.

2. Remove figs from hot water and puree (blender, immersion blender, or food processor) with honey and balsamic vinegar.

3. We recommend: start with 1/4 cup honey, taste jam and add additional honey based upon your preferred level of sweetness.

4. Spread fig jam on bread of your choice, top with goat cheese and pan sear or place in sandwich maker or Panini press.

Recipe originally published in JOY of KOSHER with Jamie Geller Magazine Shavuot 2014 SUBSCRIBE NOW


GOAT AND MASCARPONE CHEESE, FIG JAM, & CARAMELIZED PECANS

INGREDIENTS
Equal parts goat cheese and mascarpone cheese
Fig jam with whole fruit cut in half
Roughly chopped pecans
White bread cut into squares, then toasted

DIRECTIONS
1. Mix goat cheese and mascarpone cheese in a bowl.
2. Spread cheese mixture to lightly toasted white bread.
3. Top with halved figs and chopped caramelized pecans.
4. Drizzle with liquid from fig jam.


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Fig cocktails

Figs' natural sweetness also works well in cocktails, especially those featuring dark rum and bourbon.

Michael Nemcik, beverage director at Jaffa, places figs at the center of the restaurant's Figging Out cocktail to highlight the ripeness and texture of black mission figs. The drink features the figs' flesh, along with pineapple rum and a blend of unaged rums from Guyana, he said. The drink also includes an ounce of fresh lime juice to balance the flavors and a lime wheel.


Grilled Fig and Goat Cheese Sandwich

Time, time, time. I swear that this recipe has been sitting here with me willing to tell you, wanting to tell you, waiting to tell you about it. So without further ado, here is this grilled fig and goat cheese sandwich.

Here&rsquos how this happened in the first place. I went to Trader Joe&rsquos, and as is likely to happen more often than not, I found myself with more than my list had bargained for. In this instance, a flat of figs found its way into my cart and when I got home I had to formulate a plan for said figs.

What I came up with was a fantastic fig and cardamom jam. You&rsquore going to look at this recipe and think that I&rsquove been heavy handed with the cardamom, but trust, is all I have to say to you on that point. I added some creamy goat cheese and set it to get melty and gooey on top of the stove and here we are.

Because grilled cheese seems like a good thing to do these days, right? The temps are definitely dipping. Warm sandwiches come first. Soups, I&rsquom coming for you next.

Comfort. It&rsquos all about comfort.

I say as I watch my first Netflix Christmas movie of the year. Again, comfort, I say!

A few points to make about what I think makes a good sandwich. I was an official sandwich artist back in the day, so you can trust me.

First, pick good bread. Like, your favorite bread. I made this with one of my favorite five grains from Great Harvest Bread Co. Whatever you like &ndash I&rsquom sure some of you have some extra lying around&hellip

Second, don&rsquot skip on the fillings. Cheese up one side. A generous helping of jam on the other.

Third, low and slow on the heat. A cast-iron skillet will do nicely.

Fourth, give it a squish. I used another pot and a full tea kettle.

And voila! Lunch is served.

Oh, and if you have extra jam, my mom added the jam to her lamb curry in a moment of whimsy for a delicious tagine-esque twist on one of our family favorites.


Black Mission Fig Jam

Fresh figs are in season and they are delicious in salads, roasted pork, and desserts. Personally, I love to eat them right out of the basket at the farmers market. They are incredibly sweet, soft, slightly chewy with tiny seeds that pop in your mouth with every bite. They are also high in fiber, magnesium, and potassium.

When I was I kid, there was a fig tree in my backyard. When the figs would ripen, the birds would eat most of them, yielding very few for my mom, but I would never eat them because I thought they were contaminated by the birds. Years later, when I bought them at the market, I realized how truly wonderful fresh figs were and how I missed out as a kid.

Today, I share an easy fig jam recipe. This jam recipe is perfect for tarts, cheese plates, homemade Fig Newtons and in sandwiches. In addition to the jam recipe, I include pictures of a simple sandwich made with fig jam, goat cheese, bacon, and spinach, with the spinach dressed in balsamic vinegar, olive oil and salt and pepper. The result is a sandwich that is sweet, salty, tart, crunchy, and creamy all at once! You can even omit the bacon and make it vegetarian. Either way, the fig jam is the star. Enjoy!

1 lb. of Black Mission figs or other purple figs
2/3 cup of sugar
1/8 cup of fresh lemon juice
2 strips of lemon peel – 2″ strips (no pith)
1/2 cup of water
1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1. In a 12-inch stainless steel sauté pan, toss the fig pieces with the sugar and stir. Let them sit until sugar is dissolved, stirring occasionally (about 20 minutes)
2. Add the lemon juice, lemon peel and water and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer.


3. Cook the figs, stirring occasionally, until they get soft and the jam thickens (about 15-20 minutes). Sprinkle with sea salt and give it final stir.
4. Carefully spoon the cooked jam into a 12-ounce Mason jar. Cool in jar at room temperature for 2 hours. Cover with lid. Store the jam in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.


Goat Cheese and Fig Jam Sandwiches


Buzz Lightyear as Mrs. Nesbitt. A tea party classic. Goat cheese and fig jam sandwiches. Also a tea party classic.

Did you have a “Mrs. Nesbitt” when you were a kid? My girls had a TON: Barbies, baby dolls, stuffed animals, beanie babies all took turns being tea party guests. But I think their favorite “Mrs. Nesbitt” was their little brother, Thomas.

Thomas would do anything to get to play with his big sisters, and that usually meant dress-ups. His most common role was Buddy the Dog, but he also spent a fair amount of time dressed in high heels, tutus, cheerleading costumes, princess dresses and, occasionally, when he was really lucky, cowboy boots. (Thomas was a very good sport.)

And when the dress-ups came out, that usually meant tea parties, aka grapes on colored toothpicks, cheese cubes and tiny crackers, lemonade and brownies cut in fourths. The best times.


Grown-up tea parties are even better, I think. Tea party food, but fancier, prettier, tastier. And that means fun little sandwiches. Like goat cheese and fig jam sandwiches!


Goat and fig were meant to be together. Like Woody and Buzz. Those flavors just work. Add a little nutty crunch and fresh herbs, and you’ve got yourself a tea party fave. Or lunch box fave. Breakfast? Simple dinner? Picnic? Even the “Mr. Nesbitts” will love these.


I know this because the guys in our house go wild over these little beauties. High fives all around. Or high fours…you better stick that pinky out. This is a tea party, after all.


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