I got to thinking about fall ingredients the other day and made a short list of recipes I'm determined to test kitchen before the season is over. Over and over I kept coming back to figs. It probably has something to do with missing my parents' house- they have the most ridiculous fig trees you've ever seen- but I digress. I got the idea to do a take on a Fontina grilled cheese sandwich, but with some fig jam in the mix to give it a little something-something extra. When I ran the idea by my Dad, he thought through the make or break factor- bread. I found a fresh, seeded loaf at Whole Foods and it made a world of difference. The ingredients aren't the cheapest, but the recipe is as simple as it gets. And the taste- whoa- out of this world.
Sliced Fontina Cheese
Seeded Bread Loaf
2 Tbs Butter
Spread a thin layer of fig jam over your bread and top with cheese. Throw on that top piece of bread and you're halfway to deliciousness.
Melt butter on a panini press or griddle, then press the sandwich for about 90 seconds. Lightly butter the top one additional time and press again until lightly brown. I served mine alongside a delicious butternut squash soup. The picture of fall, eh?