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Oh yes! I just remembered about my brie. Have got to make this with the last of my fig jam soon. Thanks for reminding me about it!
This sounds like such a “fallish” panini. Can’t wait to try it with hardy homemade bread and apples from our old orchard. Thank you!
We don’t have a panini press and also like using a cast iron pan, but what I’ve found really improves any grilled cheese is weighting the sandwich with whatever you’ve got- another, smaller cast iron, a bacon press, or when we grill our grilled cheeses in the summer, a brick wrapped in aluminum foil. For some reason, smooshing the sandwich makes it better.
what’s hilarious to me, looking at the recipe again this morning, is how i completely misread it. got home last night and had a grilled cheese – with balsamic fig jam, cheddar, and pear. :) quite tasty, and thanks for the inspiration!
All the recipes from Kathy’s book look phenomenal, and this one is no exception! I’m kicking myself for forgetting my panini press at home so I can’t make all these lovely paninis at school! Yours looks beyond delicious.
This looks delicious. I love the combination of flavors. I have a favorite restaurant in Phoenix that serves bruschetta and they use a combination of ingredients like this. Now I look forward to trying this recipe. Thanks Elise. I also pinned this one.
What a great twist on grilled cheese – particularly for fall! I think using a good bread – like the nice thick loaf from a good bakery is key to making a GC extra special. Love this recipe!
Looks great! Thanks for the recipe for fig jam too! That’ll come in handy! Wondering how slightly cooked apples would taste. Hmm… maybe i’ll intersplice cooked granny smiths w/ uncooked ones just to see how it tastes. Like the idea of cooked apple and fig w/ gruyere but don’t want to miss out on the crunch factor.
I’m so glad you liked it, Elise!!
Apples, figs and cheese, what could be better? Nothing beats freshly harvested fall apples!
Looks wonderful! I do a similar version using bleu cheese, pear and fig jam on crusty bread.
Mmm fig jam and (various flavours of) cheese is such an awesome pair! I can’t wait to try them together in a sandwich!!