A crispy Fig Prosciutto Grilled Cheese hot off the griddle…
Perfectly browned sourdough bread slices, stuffed with creamy buffalo mozzarella, salty prosciutto, fresh fig slices and sweet n’ sticky fig jam. A sublime Italian snack!
Looking to learn how to make the best quick & easy Prosciutto Grilled Cheese sandwich?
Our recipe for the ultimate gourmet grilled cheese is inspired by our travels to Italy. With our helpful cooking tips you’ll perfect that fancy drool-worthy grilled cheese in no time!
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Travel to Italy by Eating Prosciutto Grilled Cheese at Home
I love traveling to Europe!
During my first visit to the continent I traveled for 5 months by train and plane. I had the opportunity to eat my way throughIreland, Scotland, England, Wales, Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland,Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Czech, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Bosnia, Hungary, Slovakia, Greece, Turkey and Italy.
What I love most about traveling to Italy is the opportunity to sample unique dishes in each region and city. The dishes in Tuscany (Florence, Pisa, Volterra, Saturnia, Pitigliano, Sorano, Montalcino, Siena) are unique from what you’d find in Venice, Modena, Milan, Rome, and Amalfi Coast.
This gourmet grilled cheese recipe features some of our favourite quality Italian ingredients. We suggest using Fior di Latte from Campania, fresh figs from Calabria and salty Prosciutto from Parma.
Once back home from an Italian holiday you’ll have a newfound appreciation for the flavours of Italy and can impress friends and family by making our easy homemade Prosciutto Grilled Cheese recipe!
My Family Loves Fig Grilled Cheese
My father is obsessed with grilled cheese sandwiches.
My grandparents always used to joke that my father as a little boy was the pickiest eater. They could only visit restaurants that served crispy grilled cheese, hamburgers or pizza. To this day, one of my dads favourite lunches or last minute dinners is a simple Grilled Cheese. He usually serves it with a bowl of tomato soup alongside a squirt of ketchup and pile of pickles.
When I was growing up, every Sunday at lunch my family would enjoy homemade grilled cheese with a bowl of soup and plate topped with charcuterie, crunchy apple slices and an assortment of Dill Pickles, Bread & Butter Pickles and Spicy Cucumber Pickles.
Over the years our family recipe has evolved to include more gourmet options like Crispy Gruyere Grilled Cheese and this Italian-inspired Prosciutto Grilled Cheese stuffed with fresh figs and mozzarella.
Where To Eat Prosciutto Grilled Cheese
If you live in a large city in Canada or America you’ll likely have access to a local Italian restaurant that serves panini sandwiches or grilled cheese.
Haven’t traveled to Italy before? It may be helpful to first sample Fig Grilled Cheese at a local Italian restaurant to better understand how the dish is served. You can also assess the ideal bread slice thickness, cheese to jam ratio, and amount of cured ham to stuff inside each sandwich before trying to make it at home from scratch.
In Toronto, popular Italian restaurants in Yorkville, King West and Ossington that may serve freshProsciutto Grilled Cheese include Bar Vendetta, Buca, Superpoint, Amano, Fabbrica, Oretta, FIGO, Nodo, Locale Mercatto, The Good Son, Taverna Mercatto, Ascari Enoteca, Il Fornello or Gusto 101.
The best Italian-inspired grilled cheese sandwiches are prepared using high quality ingredients. It’s that simple!
- Use a large skillet or griddle to cook grilled cheese sandwiches. This ensures you have enough space to flip them without overcrowding so they don’t fall apart.
- We suggest using homemade sourdough bread slices or purchase a quality loaf from your local bakery.
- Fresh mozzarella does a great job at melting and oozing over the sandwich.
- Prepare this sandwich when fresh figs are in season and slather each slice with homemade or store bought fig jam.
- Pay a little extra for imported Prosciutto, you’ll taste the difference!
- If you’re preparing this recipe for a crowd we suggest keeping your oven warmed to 200 F. Once each grilled cheese is cooked add it to a baking sheet in your oven so they keep warm until ready to serve.
What To Serve with Sandwiches
We suggest serving grilled cheese with fresh salads or a healthy bowl of soup.
Prosciutto Fig Grilled Cheese has a high fat and carb content so it’s nice to contrast the flavours with fresh, juicy and acidic ingredients.
Some of our favourite soup and salad recipes to serve with grilled cheese include Portuguese Bean Soup, Vegetarian Parsnip and Pear Soup, Spanish Garlicky Sopa de Ajo, Creamy Parmesan Ditalini Soup, Vegetarian French Onion Soup, Roasted Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup, Roasted Sweet Potato and Red Pepper Soup, Carrot and Leek Soup, Romaine Salad With Tahini Caesar Dressing, Vegetarian Lebanese Eggplant Fatteh, Roasted Pumpkin Feta Salad, Roasted Beetroot Salad, Warm Orzo Lemon Salad, Garlic Lemon Chickpea Avocado Salad, Cherry Pecan Kale Salad and Fennel, Apple, Celery and Roasted Hazelnut Salad.
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Prosciutto Fig Grilled Cheese
- Bread Knife
- French knife
- measuring cups
- measuring spoons
- Nonstick Skillet or Griddle
- 2 slices Sourdough Bread
- 1/2 cup Fresh Buffalo Mozzarella sliced
- Ground Pepper
- 1 Fig
- 1 tbsp Fig Jam
- 3 slices Prosciutto
- 1 tbsp Butter
- 1 tsp Vegetable Oil
- Spread 2 slices of bread with fig jam and sprinkle with shredded mozzarella. Grind with fresh black pepper.
- Slice one fig and arrange on one of the mozzarella topped bread slices. Drape the other with Prosciutto and sandwich together.
- Heat half the butter and half the oil in a non-stick skillet. When foamy, add the sandwich to the pan and cook over medium-low heat, about 3 minutes until the bread is golden brown and cheese is oozing.
- Add the remaining butter and oil, then straight away lift the sandwich with a spatula and flip it over to cook the other side.
- Remove and slide onto a plate, cut in half and enjoy crispy and gooey.
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