Several days ago, I was trying to decide what to do with a basket of fresh Black Mission Figs that I had purchased a day earlier.
I was just so happy to see fresh figs, that I bought them without a specific recipe on how I was going to prepare them. Then I remembered a conversation with my Foodie Friend, Dorothy. She told me how a friend of hers (who is an award winning chef) made a superb fig jam. She guessed that it had orange juice, port wine and finely chopped almonds in it.
What did I do with most of this fig jam? It has something to do with this ingredient:
Italian Prunes (also called Italian Plums or Stanley Plums)
(I've shared the recipe, and you can see my Bavarian Plum Galette here. )
I had about 1/2 cup of this delicious jam left, so I decided to make a Panini sandwich, with brie and fig jam. I don't own a panini press, but I have improvised my own-- it works great!
Into the preheated skillet the sandwiches went for just a couple of minutes, and I gave the sandwiches a flip.
The bacon press does a pretty decent job of pressing the bread together, I think.
Two minutes later, these are ready. I present to you...
...a melted brie and fig jam panino!
This is why I wouldn't make a professional food stylist-- this shot is a bit out of focus, I know. I was in too much of a hurry to eat this, while it was hot, that I didn't get the focus just right. Still, look at that cheese and jam...yummy!
One more shot, from the backside...
Heaven, I tell you. My husband gave this five stars. I caught him rooting in the fridge for more fig jam. It's gone. I'm crossing my fingers that, tomorrow, I can buy more fresh figs. I want to make a lot more of this jam!
TASTING NOTES: Figs and Brie are meant for one another. Next time, I'd be very tempted to add caramelized, sweet onion to this sandwich... or maybe I'd add prosciutto! That's why I enjoyed the grilled figs, brie and prosciutto so much, that I made during the summer. That might kick this one up, one more notch. We shall see...
The recipe card for the fig jam and sandwich is at the end of this post.