With figs appearing in the market, it is time to start thinking about Grilled Gorgonzola Fig Melts. There are not a lot of steps to making this delightful sandwiches and they are sure to please anyone that likes both figs and Gorgonzola cheese.
3 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature, divided
8 ripe, firm, figs, stemmed and cut in half lengthwise
8 slices crusty Italian bread
4 ounces Gorgonzola cheese, at room temperature
black pepper, to taste
Melt 1 tbsp of the butter over medium-high heat in a large nonstick skillet.
Add figs to skillet cut side down and saute about 2 minutes until golden around the edges and soft to the touch. Turn and cook for an additional minute, then transfer to a plate and let cool slightly.
Brush grill rack with oil and preheat the grill to medium-high.
Assemble sandwiches by buttering one side of each slice of bread with remaining 2 tablespoons of butter.
Put 4 slices of bread on a work surface, buttered side down, and spread the cheese evenly over all slices, followed by the figs.
Put the remaining 4 bread slices on top, buttered side up.
Put sandwiches on the grill and cook for 2 minutes, until the undersides are golden brown and the cheese begins to melt.
Turn sandwiches with a spatula, pressing firmly to flatten them slightly.
Cook for 1 minute, or until the undersides of bread are golden brown.
Turn the sandwiches once more, press with the spatula, and cook for 30 seconds, or until the cheese melts completely. Serve immediately.
You might enjoy a little wine with these. I prefer a white wine, maybe something with a sparkle, but not to sweet because I don’t want it to over power the figs.
If you would like to learn about using herbs in your kitchen, my kindle book Herbs In The Kitchen is available at: http://chefwilliamlikes.me/The Herb Book
This books contain information on herbs as well as some recipes to introduce you to some you may have not been using. I hope you will enjoy them as much as I did when I was testing the recipes for the book.