Mr. Scrumptious asked me after we devoured this wonderful lunchtime sandwich, "you've developed a bit of a sweet tooth, haven't you"? I admit it. He called me out. I do attribute a lot of it to him; his sweet tooth was always much more developed than mine and I've migrated his way. But, just LOOK at this Grilled Fig and Goat Cheese Sandwich.
It was a dynamite lunch and so what if a little sweet? It was savory too. Seriously, this was a very scrumptious and fast meal. It gave us the energy to get through the rest of the day...
Serves 2 with two small sandwiches or one large sandwich
4 ripe fresh figs
1 T. extra virgin olive oil plus extra for bread
1 tsp. high quality balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. finely chopped fresh spearmint
1/4 tsp. kosher salt
1 large fresh bread roll or two small
2 oz. flavored goat cheese (I used orange, walnut, honey)
drizzle of fresh honey
Wash figs and dry with paper towel. Slice in half and put in small bowl. Add the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, mint and kosher salt. Toss together and marinate for at least 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat grill pan on stove top at medium heat. When pan is hot, slice the rolls and brush each side with olive oil. Place cut side down on grill and leave on for 2-3 minutes to toast the bread. Remove bread and immediately slather both inside halves of bread with the flavored goat cheese.
Place figs on hot grill pan, cut side down and grill for 2 minutes. Flip to round side on the pan and grill 2 minutes more. Remove the figs and place directly on the bread, nestling in the goat cheese. Drizzle with just a little fresh honey. Garnish with a little more fresh mint and serve. We found eating these worked best as an open-face sandwich but our rolls were very thick. Enjoy!