Saturday, May 17, 2014

Prosciutto, Fig, and Brie Grilled Cheese

A new restaurant opened near my office that only served grilled cheese sandwiches.  There is also a restaurant that makes waffle sandwiches.  I guess people in my part of town like creative sandwiches.

 I haven't at either restaurant yet, but I these specialized restaurants are kind of fun.  When I went to New York in December, we went to a rice pudding restaurant and a macaroni and cheese restaurant.

I'm not sure what kind of grilled cheese sandwiches they make, but this sandwich is posh enough for a grilled cheese sandwich restaurant.  It's crunchy, gooey, savory, and a little sweet.

The ingredients for this recipe are brie, coconut oil, crunch but fresh bread, prosciutto, and fig spread.  

I spread coconut oil on one side of each slice of bread.  Whenever I buy coconut oil, it liquifies.  Is my cupboard too warm?

I placed one piece of bread, oil side down, in a hot skilled.  I place thin slices of brie on top of the bread.

I layered on a couple slices of prosciutto.   Prosciutto is dry cured ham.  The name is latin in origin and means "to suck out."  The ham is cleaned, salted, and left for a couple of months.  During this time the meat is pressed to remove any blood.  After two months, the salt is cleaned off the ham, and it rests in a cold environment until completely dry.  

I spread fig spread on the other slice of bread and placed it on top of the prosciutto.  The spread is down, and the coconut oil is on top.

I cooked each side until the bread was golden brown, and the cheese was melted.

Brie is one of my favorite cheeses.  It's so soft, creamy, and mild.  I like as strong cheese as well, but sometimes you need a mellow cheese in your life.

This is like a fancier ham and cheese.  The layer of fig spread adds a nice sweetness.  It's a toothsome combination.  

The bread is buttery and crisp.  It's easy and quick, but very satisfying too.


Maureen said...

Those photos of gorgeous melty cheese have me swooning.

laura said...

Thanks Maureen! I can never get enough of cheese!

Anonymous said...

Love this combo! Sweet, salty, and delicious!

laura said...

Yeah, I really enjoy sweet jams and cheese. It sounds a little weird, but it's so tasty!