Sunday, September 26, 2010

Prosciutto, Fresh Fig, and Manchego Sandwiches

Autumn has arrived and for many of us the weather remains warm with the possibility of still enjoying the bounty of the late summer's harvest.

Prosciutto and fresh figs are a traditional Italian flavor combination.  Here, along with Manchego cheese and jam they create a sweet and savory sandwich.

This is a light fresh sandwich that can be easily served up as an entree in less than 20 minutes.



Prosciutto, Fresh Fig, and Manchego Sandwiches
Makes 4 sandwiches
Recipe from Cooking Light


Ingredients:
4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
8 (3/4 ounce) slices Italian bread, toasted
1 cup baby arugula
2 ounces very thin slices prosciutto
2 ounces Manchego cheese, shaved (note: Manchego is a Spanish cheese similar to pecorino Romano which you can substitute).
8 fresh figs, cut into thin slices
2 tablespoons fig jam

Directions:
1.  Spread 1 teaspoon mustard over 4 bread slices.  Arrange 1/4 cup arugula over each bread slice.  Divide prosciutto evenly over bread slices; top evenly with cheese and fig slices.  Spread 1-1/2 teaspoons jam over remaining 4 bread slices.  Top each serving with 1 bread slice, jam side down.

Enjoy!

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53 comments:

Beth said...

That sandwich look absolutely wonderful! What a great combination of flavors. I'm not sure that my kids would go for them, but I'll be saving this recipe for myself!

Sommer J said...

I've never tried figs before and they're certainly on my to eat list! This is a new flavor combination for me that I would love to try!

Conor @ Hold the Beef said...

What a brilliant sandwich! And with double the fig action, with the jam as well, it's making this particular fig lover swoon a little. I might have to try it with blue cheese though :)

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Figs and manchego cheese!!??? This is living dangerously, and I love it!

Big Dude said...

Seems I'm seeing lots of dishes with fresh figs on blogs and TV shows, but I don't think I've ever had one - guess I'll have to give one a try. Sandwich looks very good.

From the Kitchen said...

This looks delicious! I bought fresh figs at the market with the intent to do something like this. Alas, we ate everyone of them straight from the basket. Will try again!!

Best,
Bonnie

kitchen flavours said...

I have seen quite a number of recipes using figs recently, and all of them delicious, yours included! Never tried fig in a sandwich before. This is definitely interesting!

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I still have a few figs left so you can guess what I am going to make with them:-) Yum yum. Diane

Julie said...

What beautiful figs! I've seen quite a few recipes on the blogs lately. I need to go see if I can find some here!

Joanne said...

I have fallen in love with fresh figs lately and this sandwich is compelling me to go out and buy another box of them so I can make it! Delicious combination of sweet and salty...does it for me every time.

Lyndsey said...

Looks wonderful! I have got to pick up some figs...now is the time! Thanks for a great idea!

tasteofbeirut said...

We are still getting the last figs of the season here, by the bucket, and I was thinking of a fig/cheese combo; this one looks and sounds wonderful!
(I noticed you don't peel the figs?)

Marguerite said...

Looks like a delicious combination! We have figs galore, here, so I will be trying it very soon!

TKW said...

I'm not a fig person, so I think I'll substitute pear? Would that work? The rest sounds delicious!

Design Wine and Dine said...

This is a thing of beauty! I love Machego cheese! This is just such a nice, elegant brunch idea!

A Year on the Grill said...

WOW, that is the prettiest dish i have seen all day

Rebecca said...

Ohhhh goodness! It is like you just swept me away to a cafe in Spain or Italy. Mmmm...

Sugarplum Kawaii said...

Mmmm...looks very tasty indeed!

LindyLouMac said...

Figs and prosciutto I knew about but not about adding the cheese, something new to try, thankyou.

Dishesdone said...

Looks fantastic. Love Manchego! and I just passed up some fresh figs at the market! I'm going back for them!

Pierce said...

What a fab pairing. Did you get the figs at Fresh Market? I was going to check out New Leaf Market for figs and grab some truffle il too.
I haven't had manchego cheese in ages. Great sammie.

5 Star Foodie said...

A fabulous sandwich, what a delicious combination with prosciutto, fig and manchego!

Chef Dennis said...

now thats a sandwich! what a great combination of flavors, that wonderful cheese and the dijon...yummm
I would love to give that sandwich a try!

ThatJewCanCook said...

Velva, you nailed my favorite flavor combination. I could eat this sandwich until the cows (or pigs) come home...

Hungry Dog said...

I would die for this sandwich right now! I've had similar sandwiches before and it's a really heavenly combination. The salt prosciutto, sweet figs, creamy cheese ...perfection.

intuitive eggplant said...

That looks so delicious! Reminds me of the serrano ham, manchego and fig flatbread I had in SF. What a great combination of ingredients!

Kathleen said...

What an incredible sandwich!

maybelle's mom said...

what a perfect sandwich.

Kim said...

Your fresh figs look beautiful Velva! I love the combination of sweet figs, salty and delicious Manchego and prosciutto. Sounds like a winner to me.

The Food Hound said...

Yum.
Yum. Yum.
Yum. Yum. Yum.
The sweet/savory flavor combo is a winner in my book! What a sophisticated sandwich!

We Are Not Martha said...

This is seriously the kind of sandwich dreams are made of. It looks BEAUTIFUL and I would probably pay a lot for something like this :) Love it!!

Sues

The Japanese Redneck said...

It not only looks beatuful, I bet its taste is beyond beautiful!

LaDivaCucina said...

Oh Velva, yum, yum, yum! Figs and ham, one of my fave combos! Back in Sydney my restaurateur boss taught me figs stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped in prosciutto, baked and drizzled with honey! Figs: Food of the Gods!

Eliana said...

this has delicious written all over it! Love it!

Southern Touch Catering said...

Oh, YUM!!!!! Ooooo, my mouth is watering.

Reeni said...

What a lovely sandwich! The flavors are just heavenly!

Barbara said...

You come up with the most marvelous flavor pairings, Velva! This one is super. The figs are lovely right now too!

Chris said...

My new favorite cheese this year, Manchego from a farm a few miles from us. This sandwich sounds like the perfect platform for it. Does the fig balance out the saltiness from the prosciutto and Manchego?

The Southern Cookbook said...

I just love figs! Pairing the two together must have a divine flavor. I must try this.

Chow and Chatter said...

wow this is so gourmet love it great flavors so pleased u liked my clip he he was fun to do anyways

looking forward to yours Velva

lostpastremembered said...

Velva,that is just the sexiest looking sandwich! Love the idea of figs with the ham and cheese... brilliant idea!

Rachel Cotterill said...

Our fig tree occasionally manages to produce ripe fruit, but I have to confess I'm not a fan. Manchego, though, is lovely.

paulakiger said...

Thank you for the novel combinations you frequently introduce us to! Not sure if I could get my kids or spouse on the "fig" bandwagon, but I think they'd like it if they tried!!

D. @ Outside Oslo said...

Sounds delicious. I imagine those would be perfect with a glass of chilled rose' on a hot, late-summer/early-autumn day!

MaryMoh said...

Beautiful presentation. I love everything on that plate!

Chef E said...

Velva, I found a guy who grows fig trees in Jersey! I want one, but have to find a plot of land to plant it. He brought them over from his motherland :) I am sure he also eats his prosciutto and Jamon when he can get it!

Salsa Verde said...

Fantastic combination of flavours and textures!
Cheers,
Lia.

The Short (dis)Order Cook said...

This is one of my favorite combinations of all time: salty meat, sweet figs, and creamy cheese. It doesn't get much better than this.

Lazaro Cooks! said...

Fantastic sandwich with some amazing top-notch ingredients.

Thanks for the support.

Mimi said...

Oh yum! Lucky me, figs are still plentiful around here.
Mimi

smalltownoven said...

Mmm! I just had my first fresh fig yesterday and loved it! I'll definitely be trying this dish out.

A Canadian Foodie said...

What a beautiful photo, Velva! A friend brought the exact combination on croutes this summer for an appetizer. It was a HIT.
:)
Valerie

bella (roz) said...

Velva,

I made this sandwich today and it is truly delicious. I'll post it soon with credit given to you for inspiring me to try something totally unique!

Roz

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