Since figs are in season, I've been looking for delicious savory ways to use them. They're delectable as an appetizer and scrumptious on a pizza, but did you know that they're also absolutely divine in a sandwich? Give this grilled ham and cheese sandwich a try and you'll realize how amazing fresh figs are. It's a simple recipe with a rewarding result that's elegant enough for entertaining. Pair with mixed greens and you've got a light but filling dinner. Get the easy recipe after the break.

Fresh-Fig Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Fresh-Fig Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Fresh-Fig Grilled Cheese Sandwich Recipe

Ingredients

1 loaf ciabatta bread, ends trimmed, sliced in half horizontally
1/4 cup store-bought fig jam
3/4 pound Fontina cheese, sliced
1/3 pound thinly sliced Black Forest ham
8 to 10 fresh figs, thinly sliced lengthwise
1 tablespoon oil

Directions

  1. Heat a griddle over medium heat.
  2. Spread cut sides of bread with fig jam. On the bottom half of the bread, layer 1/2 the cheese, then the ham, the figs and the remaining cheese. Enclose with the top half of the bread. Brush with oil.
  3. Place on griddle or in a nonstick skillet, and weight top of sandwich with a heavy skillet or a foil-lined brick. Cook until bottom is golden, about 4 minutes. Flip sandwich over, and repeat with opposite side. Cut crosswise into 6 to 8 pieces; serve immediately.

Serve 4.