Hey, grilled cheese fans! Are you ready for the long-awaited AUTUMN GRILLED CHEESE SERIES? I totally am. And by now I think you all know how I feel about figs. Again, this season we enjoyed a mix of sweet and savory sandwiches with seasonal ingredients.
The Autumn Series:
- Fig and manchego
- Pear and gorgonzola
- Leek and cheddar
- Cranberry and brie
- Banana bread with brie and dark chocolate
Without further ado, here is our first grilled cheese of the season (also works for late summer, as you may know).
For this sandwich, I had Calimyrna figs on hand instead of the usual purple mission variety. Truly, fig and manchego sounds interesting enough for a grilled cheese sandwich. Pretty fancy as it is. However, I had a feeling I wanted to boost it just a bit. I had a dilemma on my hands: what would I add to make it extra fun? I was torn between adding a touch of truffle oil or bumping it up with a splash of balsamic vinegar.
There was only one way to decide: I had to make both!
My guests set to gorging themselves on both of the above options. Although it was a tough choice, the winner of the day, even by smell alone, was the truffle oil! That being said, there is no wrong choice here. Both were delicious. But our survey says: go with truffle. You won’t be sorry!
♫ Music pairing: This, or that? ♫
Click to listen: Black Sheep – “The Choice is Yours”
The Black Sheep consists of Andres “Dres” Titus and William “Mista Lawnge” McLean from Queens, and this track is from their 1991 album “A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.”
- Whole wheat bread
- Manchego cheese
- Optional: truffle oil, balsamic vinegar, maybe even sliced almonds
- Slice your figs and your cheese and have them at the ready.
- Meanwhile, in a grill pan (or regular skillet, if you don’t care about grill marks), butter one side of each slice, and grill that. Remove once bread is well grilled.
- Lay slice #1 grilled-side down on a baking sheet, lay down your cheese slices and top with fig slices.
- Lay slice #2 grilled-side down on a baking sheet, and add a layer of cheese. Later you’ll press the two together. See what I did there? Cheese on both sides makes the sandwich stick together nicely.
- Once you’ve assembled them all, put them in a 400 degree oven until cheese is melted and bread is crispy on the outside.
- Press the two halves together.
- Slice in half and enjoy.