Fontina and Fig Grilled Cheese: A Winning Combination

This recipe for fontina and fig grilled cheese, is a winning combination of creaminess and sweet jammy flavors.

The great folks from Valley Fig Growers in California really liked my blue cheese and fig jam burger and sent me some of their fig spreads and dried figs to try. One of the first things I made with them was a yummy fontina and fig grilled cheese sandwich.

Fontina and Fig Grilled Cheese

Fig and fontina grilled cheese.

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Valley Fig Growers spreads.

Figs always remind me of my father, so when Valley Fig Growers contacted me to try their products I thought it would be a nice thing to do in his memory. If he was still on this earth, it would have been great to share them with him. So far I’ve only had a chance to try the Organic Mission Fig spread. I plan on taking the others on vacation where my extended family can enjoy them too.

Fontina and fig grilled cheese ingredients

This fig spread would be great with blue cheese but I wanted to try it with a creamier cheese that would melt well on a sandwich. I chose fontina which is a favorite of mine. It has a really nice mild, nutty flavor that melts well. For the bread I chose a hearty multi-grain brain to complement the sweetness of the fig spread and the creamy cheese.

Preparing cheese and fig spread for sandwich.Sliced up and placed on the bread like a puzzle, I made sure to get as much cheese as I could on one side and slathered the fig spread on the other. Now patience is key for this grilled cheese. Once you get it to brown on one side, flip it, cover, and heat on low. This will allow the cheese to melt without burning the bread.

Fontina and fig grilled cheese sandwich.

Serve in small wedges for a great party finger food or appetizer. Add a salad for a nice lunch or light supper.

I can’t wait to try the other fig spreads. I have my eye on the Balsamic Pepper, to pair with some lovely cheeses and cocktails at the beach.

About Patti Estep

Patti is the creator of Hearth and Vine, a home and garden blog filled with projects to inspire your creative side. She loves crafting, gardening, decorating and entertaining at her home in Pennsylvania. When she is not working on a project at home or searching for treasures at nurseries and thrift stores with her girlfriends, you’ll probably find her with family and friends, at a restaurant, or home party enjoying new and different food adventures.

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Comments

  1. What an interesting combination, I would have never mixed those ingredients… and that’s probably because we had a fig tree growing up, it was near my play house…. tiny living was my destiny… lol – anyways my grandma would make jam with these figs but it didn’t look at good as these you’re sharing.. Thanks for sharing I may order some.

    • Hi Carole,

      How wonderful to grow up with a fig tree near your playhouse. My father loved figs as I mentioned but had a heck of a time growing them in PA. Might be a good thing to plant in your new locale.

  2. Lisa Weinstein says:

    Sounds yummy!! My parents had a fig tree next to their pool and the grandkids would grab a fig and jump back into the pool (after they ate it). Both my dad and my grandmother made really great fig preserves. Thanks for the recipe.

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