I really want to try eating raw for a few weeks. Really, I do. I’ve heard it sends you on a high, feeling happy and giddy. Supposedly, it’s unreal. But then, there’s bread. And warm bread. And warm homemade sourdough. And then there’s bread from a baker where they grow their own wheat and mill it themselves. Having a total Portlandia moment right here. And then there’s that little thing called the grill, where about 80% of my dinners (and leftovers for breakfast) come from. Roasted peppers anyone? Or how ’bout some eggplant? And asparagus and garlic and onions and…you get the point. But one day, I will try it. Maybe? You get what I was saying about that bread, right?
Ughh it’s so dang pretty. And I say “Ughh” in a good way.
And let’s just throw in a little fig into the mix. Oh, figs. So dreamy. Can’t believe my first introduction to them was through an overly dry, definitely not fig-y enough “cookie” (so we were told). Ugh, such a waste. But now, give ’em to me straight up.
And with some goat cheese. Please. I swore off dairy a few months ago for various reasons, but there is something about fig season that makes me crave goat cheese. Figs, walnuts, goat cheese & basil? C’mon! And I can get all of this from my farmers market? Nerd feast fest!
So for our weekly outdoor grill-out and movie night I decided to do a grilled cheese party. People brought different breads, cheeses and toppings and everyone prepped their own sandwich (open-faced of course, this is L.A.) So in essence, it’s kinda like pizza. Except I didn’t need to roll out any dough. SCORE! So I came away thinking that this is such a great non-recipe for summer and for fig season. Don’t need to be hovering over a hot stove for hours and can be done on the grill! Duhhh it is grilled cheese.
Grown-up grilled cheese: Fig, goat cheese, basil & honey walnut spread
4 slices bread of choice*
4 oz. goat cheese
6-8 medium Black Mission or Green figs (or 4 large Turkish Figs), sliced
Honey walnut spread:
1 c. walnuts
1/4 c. honey
1 tbsp. lemon juice
S & P
6-8 basil leaves, shredded
Pre-heat your grill or broiler.
Coarsely chop 1/2 c. of the walnut and finely chop the other half. Mix together with remaining spread ingredients in a bowl and set aside.
Spray or brush one side of sandwich with a light coating of olive oil. Leave coated side face down. Assemble sandwiches with goat cheese, fig slices, walnut spread and basil. Place directly on grill (or top rack of oven if using broiler) for approximately 5-7 minutes, when cheese is melty and the bottom side of the bread has those beautiful grill marks. Remove with a grill-friendly spatula and add cracked pepper.
*Choose bread from a bakery that doesn’t use additives or preservatives or choose a bread with high quality ingredients (no added sugars) from your grocery store.