Friday, January 8, 2016

BRIE, FIG, PROSCIUTTO & APPLE PANINI


The saltiness of the prosciutto, the sweetness of the fig jam and apple, and the creaminess of the melted brie makes a delicious and interesting sandwich. I made a couple of small jars of Fig and Orange Jam last summer, but now you can find fig jam in your grocery store. I served these delicious sandwiches with a Greek Salad. Did you know that one Italian sandwich is a panino and two or more are panini?


1 T (15 ml) extra-light olive oil
2 large shallots, thinly sliced
4 slices good crusty bread
2 T (30 ml) unsalted butter, softened
4 T 60 ml) fig jam
6 oz (185 g) brie cheese, thinly sliced
6 thin slices Prosciutto de Parma
1 apple, thinly sliced into circles

Heat the olive oil in a skillet. Add the sliced shallots and sauté until caramelized, stirring often, about 10 minutes.

Spread butter on outside of each slice of bread.
Spread a tablespoon of fig jam on the inside of each slice of bread.
Layer the brie, prosciutto, apple slices, and shallots. Top with the other slice of bread.

Grill in a panini grill or in a cast iron skillet until golden brown and the cheese is melted.

Cut sandwiches in half and serve with a salad or soup.

Serves 2


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