Manchego and Fig Panini
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This manchego and fig grilled cheese makes for one special lunch. And it couldn't be easier to make! If you can't find manchego, gruyere would me a good substitute (or, really, any cheese).
Recipe Type: Entree
Yield: 1 sandwich
  • 1 tablespoon butter (optional)
  • 2 even-sized slices of spectacular, hearty bakery bread
  • 1¼ ounces (36 grams) manchego (can be a little more or less)
  • 1 large or 2 small fresh figs, sliced
  1. Melt butter, if using, in a nonstick pan over medium-high heat until just bubbly.
  2. Add the bread and toast lightly on both sides.
  3. Distribute cheese evenly between both slices of bread.
  4. Arrange figs on one side and carefully close the sandwich. Top with a small cast iron skillet or non-electric panini press to weigh it down slightly.
  5. Toast for a few minutes on both sides, until cheese is fully melted. (Alternately, prepare this in an electric panini or sandwich press).
Kosher dairy, Vegetarian
Recipe by Katherine Martinelli at