Fig and Chevre Panini

Twitter is not good when you’re as easily swayed by peer pressure as I am. When I was contemplating signing up for Big Sur, there was this…

But it’s also really helpful when I’m feeling indecisive. I wanted to bake bread, and there was this…

Kelsey didn’t know it, but I had actually bought pasteurized chevre and fresh figs the day before, but wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them. Now I had my answer!

I baked up some rosemary focaccia, and made panini with sliced fresh figs and crumbled chevre. Not too many crazy ingredients or flavors, but it was one of the best sandwiches I’ve had in a long time.

I don’t have a panini press, so I just used a nonstick pan, and cooked the sandwich for a few minutes on each side, pressing it down with a metal spatula as it cooked. The melty goat cheese, sweet figs, and salty, chewy bread were exactly what I was craving! It’s so simple you don’t really need a recipe, but here it is:

for each sandwich:
1 square or piece of rosemary focaccia (I halved this recipe and instead of fresh rosemary on top, I mixed 1 tsp dried rosemay into the dough when I added the salt)
a few tbsp crumbled chevre
1-2 fresh black figs, thinly sliced

Slice the bread in half and arrange the figs and chevre on one side.

Press the other half of bread on top, and cook in a nonstick pan for a few minutes on each side, pressing with a spatula until cheese and figs are warm (or use a panini press)


7 Responses to “Fig and Chevre Panini”

  1. 1 Jen July 20, 2011 at 7:39 am

    the second i saw this in my reader i clicked through. this pretty much looks like my dream sandwich. i love, love, love fresh figs and for some reason the figs on the tree we usually pick from aren’t turning this year. i’m sad!

  2. 2 Beth July 20, 2011 at 8:17 am

    I bet your house smelled so good while you were baking that focaccia. I love the smell of rosemary in fresh bread. I’ll definitely be looking for figs at the market this weekend because this looks so good! Wish I had this sandwich for lunch instead of the usual salad bar..

  3. 3 Kate July 20, 2011 at 8:57 am

    I usually use our GF grill exclusively for panini, but I think we’ve decided to get rid of it. I’m going to have to start using your paganini making method.

  4. 4 Krystal R July 20, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Nom!! I was already planning on buying figs and foccacia bread this weekend at the Farmers’ Market, and now I have you and Kelsey to thank for my weekdays lunch. Mmmmm, I can’t wait.

  5. 5 wizzythestick July 20, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    Now this is my idea of a perfect summer sandwich.

  6. 6 Kelsey July 20, 2011 at 8:45 pm

    Hooray! I’m so glad you made this and loved it. Great minds think alike, right?

  7. 7 Joanne July 21, 2011 at 4:38 am

    This is the best kind of peer pressure – the kind that leads to delicious food! I am in LOVE with this sandwich!

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