Double Cheese Fig Panini is an indulgent grilled cheese with gourmet fig presereves & balsamic flavors inspired by a visit to a food truck in Lynchburg, Virginia.
We really need to talk about these seriously legitimate cheesy Panini’s. I mean…cheese is obviously the largest factor involved but what really takes these guys to the next level is the addition of fig preserves (<-yum) and balsamic drizzle…HELLO flavor. You have already figured out that I am obsessed with DeLallo’s Modenacrem Balsamic Glaze, since I have used it in about a trillion other recipes, but I love it on these grown up grilled cheeses because it just makes me feel fancy and adds the slightest hint of sweetness to a very savory, dare I say spicy, sandwich.
Quality is the focus here. Good ole Kraft cheddar just isn’t going to cut it this time. No we need some sharp habanero cheddar, Cabot makes my favorite version, and creamy Havarti for ultimate melt-ability (<-essential to any good grilled cheese).
Ever since visiting the adorable grilled cheese food truck at Christmas, I have been dreaming of a recreation of what graced my mouth all those months ago. In fact, fig preserves I grabbed at Kroger have been in my fridge for a while now, reminding me of my worth-while mission. Well, the time finally came and the deed has been complete. A success. Obviously.
Panini = grilled cheese for adults
I feel like you may be staring with eyes of judgement…like this gal has fallen off her rocker…we ADULTS. I KNOW. I promise!! ? But have you seen that cheese!? This classic is for everyone to love! Plus, remember the fig preserves…I didn’t even know what fig preserves were as a kid, so PROOF. And Balsamic drizzle…I mean we are so adult right now that we don’t know what to do with ourselves!
We are gonna slap these babies on the griddle, do a happy dance while the cheese sneaks out the sides and sizzles, and invite our pals over for a faaancay grilled cheese lunch. They may question your foodie sophistication but you will mention things like “gourmet fig preserves” and “balsamic drizzle” and all their doubts will vanish. You are an adult. You eat Paninis.
I had about 97.3% percent of you at the first cheesy photo but for that remaining percentage, let me throw this tip at you. 20 minutes or LESS. My professional self doesn’t have a lot of cheese slicing contraptions, so I cut slices manually and still had these beauties on the table in 20 minutes, so for the normal population that isn’t stuck in last century, you could have these sizzling and toasty in around 10 minutes! If that isn’t something to celebrate, then I don’t know how we are even friends.
These are happening.
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- 8 slices bread [large loaf]
- 4 tbsp. fig preserves
- 2 oz. Cabot Hot Habanero Cheddar (sliced thinly or shredded)
- 4 oz. Havarti (sliced thinly or shredded)
- DeLallo Balsamic Glaze(about a teaspoon per sandwich)
- cooking spray
- Heat a griddle, Panini press or skillet to medium heat and spray with cooking spray.
- Spread fig preserves on each four slices of bread and top with shredded or sliced cheeses.
- Drizzle the balsamic glaze over the cheese and top with remaining half of bread.
- Place in press and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes or until brown.
*I love the balsamic flavor in this sandwich, however, if you don't have any on hand, you can omit and it is still delicious!
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