There is nothing quite like the grilled cheese sandwich. Pleasing to children and adults alike, and perfect for a cold day, grilled cheese sandwiches are the surefire way to bring your family together for a satisfying meal.
There are many different ways to invent this classic meal and some might even say that there is no way to cook grilled cheese the wrong way. But there are ways to add a little spice and pizzazz to your take on it that can spice up the “old” grilled cheese.
In this recipe we use sourdough bread to give the wrappings more flavor and sturdiness with which to build on. Next we make sure to have grated or shaved Parmesan and white cheddar cheese to give a sharp and distinctive flavor that is sure to please. Use as much or as little as you like, it all depends on personal preference when building your perfect grilled cheese sandwich.
The twist comes with the fig jam that adds a punch of flavor and works to balance out the sharpness of the cheese. You could add a different flavored jam if you like here, it’s always fun to play around to see what works best for your family’s preferences. Finally add a handful of arugula to add freshness to the sandwich – balsamic vinegar is optional to top it all off.
This is a grilled cheese sandwich that is sure to please and with ingredients that can be played with to make sure that the recipe is always an original and crowd pleaser. Enjoy!
Total Cook Time: 10-15 minutes
Parmesan and Fig Grilled Cheese Sandwich
- Sourdough bread slices (adjust for quantity needed)
- Grated or shaved parmesan cheese (fresh)
- Sliced white cheddar cheese (fresh)
- Fig jam (or adjust with your favorite jam if desired)
- A handful of arugula
- Optional: balsamic vinegar
- Butter the bread on the sides that will be grilled. You can either grill these sandwiches in a frying pan or with a Panini press.
- Assemble the sandwiches with the desired amount of cheese, a light spread of the fig jam, arugula and balsamic vinegar if desired.
- Place the sandwiches in the pan and grill both sides until golden brown. Be sure to periodically check to ensure that they don’t overcook. If using a Panini press, close and let cook for 3-4 minutes on medium to high heat. Check the color after this and if needed continue to cook until golden brown.
- Once done, let sit for 2 minutes. Afterwards, slice in half and serve.