I know without a doubt that I will never outgrow grilled cheese sandwiches. I hate the fact that I love them so much. No, scratch that. I love it. I hate the fact that I still like it with American cheese. Please don’t judge me. I know it’s plastic. The great thing about this grilled cheese is that it doesn’t have American cheese, and I still love it, even more than the sandwich from my youth.
The Chef had picked up a few different cheeses from a local cheese artisan shop, one of them called Ossau Iraty. It has characteristics like a sharp cheddar and parmesan. The quality was amazing because you just got a hint of that raw milk/farm taste. At the risk of sounding like Frasier, the taste was exquisite and sophisticated.
Another cheese was a cave age Gruyere. Where the other one lacked in creaminess, this one picked it up. The combination of the two = perfection. Taste and smoothness is what ever person looks for in a good grilled cheese. (Excluding the classic american cheese lovers, because we are, just simply, set in our ways.)
Shredding them in long slivers, he placed the cheeses on top of the white bread (we used our homemade white bread, which has a soft texture while having more structure than Wonder Bread, ok I’ll have to put that recipe up here…), with the opposite side having been buttered. Setting the buttered side down on an stainless steel pan, pop the pan in the broiler for a few minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbly. Then take the pan and put it on the stove-top on medium heat. Taking another slice of bread (one side buttered) place on top of the melted cheese, buttered side up. Cook until nicely browned. Flip and repeat.
Spread the fig jam over top, cut and DEVOUR!
Fig’s pair so well with cheeses to begin with, so putting it over top and mixes with the saltiness of the cheese makes all the taste buds in your mouth go crazy. I’m a huge fan of sweet and salty, and to have it in a sandwich form is almost too much for me to handle. It’s divine.
Ooo apple jelly would make a great pairing as well… I’m going to go try that one out. Like right now.
Just go watch the video.
-The Everyday Chef and Wife