Trader Joe’s Tuesday: Fig and Prosciutto Grilled Cheese

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Take a step into any grocery store in the US right now and the first thing you’ll see? FIGS! Figs, glorious figs are here for a short time only. Stumped on how to use them? This grilled cheese is a solid place to start. Thinly sliced figs warm up quickly and become jammy and tender in this simple but flavorful sandwich. Pair it with salty prosciutto and you have a damn good sandwich on your hands.

Don’t sleep on this sandwich, figs have a really short season! But if you miss the season, you can swap in really thinly sliced apple quite effectively. Delish.

Fig and Prosciutto Grilled Cheese

Servings 1 sandwich

Equipment

  • Non-stick skillet
  • Spatula
  • Cutting board
  • Chef’s knife

Ingredients

  • 2 slices brioche bread
  • 1 tbsp grainy Dijon mustard
  • cup shredded Gouda cheese, divided
  • 4 large figs, thinly sliced
  • 1 or 2 slices prosciutto
  • 4 large slices of camembert or brie
  • 1 tbsp fig jam
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise

Substitutions

  • Brioche: any kind of bread! Admittedly, these photos are actually taken on TJ’s organic whole wheat bread, but I much prefer this sandwich with brioche, so I wrote it that way!
  • Mustard:  leave it off if you aren’t into mustard. You can use fig jam on both sides of the bread if ya want!
  • Gouda: shredded Cheddar or mozzarella would be great, too.
  • Figs apple or pear slices! Or peaches, if they’re still in season!
  • Prosciutto: ham!!! or turkey!
  • Camembert or brie: blue cheese is DELISH with figs, but I’m too scared to use it in my recipes because everyone is so afraid of it. Heh heh.
  • Fig jam: the TJ’s fig jam is so good! So is Bonne Maman, which you can find at most grocery stores. But you can use ANY jam here, or just some honey!
  • Mayonnaise: mayo toasting is my favorite way to toast sandwiches! The oil and egg in the mayo make the bread so perfectly toasted, without adding any oil to the skillet. But if you hate mayo, use softened butter!

Instructions

  • Spread one slice of bread with 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard. Layer on half of the Gouda cheese, 4 thinly sliced figs, the second half of the Gouda cheese, 1 or 2 slices of prosciutto, and 4 large slices of camembert or brie. Spread one side of the second slice of bread with fig jam, place it on top, of the sandwich, and spread mayonnaise on the outside of the bread.
  • Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the sandwich, mayo-side down, into the skillet and cook for 3 to 4 minutes, or until golden-brown. Spread mayonnaise over the top slice of bread. Flip and cook for an additional 3 to 4 minutes, until golden-brown, and the cheese is melted.
    Enjoy!
  • 2 slices brioche bread
  • 1 tbsp grainy Dijon mustard
  • cup shredded Gouda cheese, divided
  • 4 large figs, thinly sliced
  • 1 or 2 slices prosciutto
  • 4 large slices of camembert or brie
  • 1 tbsp fig jam
  • 2 tbsp mayonnaise

Substitutions

  • Brioche: any kind of bread! Admittedly, these photos are actually taken on TJ’s organic whole wheat bread, but I much prefer this sandwich with brioche, so I wrote it that way!
  • Mustard:  leave it off if you aren’t into mustard. You can use fig jam on both sides of the bread if ya want!
  • Gouda: shredded Cheddar or mozzarella would be great, too.
  • Figs apple or pear slices! Or peaches, if they’re still in season!
  • Prosciutto: ham!!! or turkey!
  • Camembert or brie: blue cheese is DELISH with figs, but I’m too scared to use it in my recipes because everyone is so afraid of it. Heh heh.
  • Fig jam: the TJ’s fig jam is so good! So is Bonne Maman, which you can find at most grocery stores. But you can use ANY jam here, or just some honey!
  • Mayonnaise: mayo toasting is my favorite way to toast sandwiches! The oil and egg in the mayo make the bread so perfectly toasted, without adding any oil to the skillet. But if you hate mayo, use softened butter!
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