It is National Grilled Cheese Month! What isn’t there to like about a grilled cheese? I like ’em a hundred different ways. But one of my favorites is one of the most simple made with Brie cheese and fig jam.
It takes about five minutes to make…and it feels wildly decadent. I don’t know about you, but this work from home, yoga pants wearing mom, loves feeling wildly decadent from time to time. Especially if it can be done while wearing yoga pants.
How to Make a Brie & Fig Grilled Cheese Sandwich
- Bread of choice – You can use whatever kind of bread you like. I prefer a heartier style bread. It just works.
- Brie cheese with rind removed (see note below)
- Fig Butter from Trader Joes (my personal favorite), or fig preserves.
Lightly spray a heavy-bottom skillet with olive oil. I recently discovered Bertolli® 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil Spray, and I’m kind of loving it.
Pre-heat the skillet on medium heat, while you prepare the sandwich.
Shmear the fig preserves on both slices of bread. You aren’t really doing it right unless you shmear it. This highly advanced cooking technique may take some practice.
Place the slices of the Brie on top of the Fig Butter of one side of the sandwich; top the remaining slice of bread (Fig Butter side down) and place the sandwich in the preheated pan.
Allow to “grill” for a couple of minutes; flip the sandwich and cook for a couple more minutes. The goal is getting the cheese soft and the bread nice and toasty.
Once the cheese and bread have reached grilled cheese perfection, remove from the pan. Slice in half and devour.
If you want to get really crazy, add some thinly sliced pear or apple to the sandwich before cooking. Simply divine!
Note – To remove the rind from the Brie:
Cut the amount of cheese you need; then use a vegetable peeler to remove the rind. Easy peasy.
Happy Grilled Cheese Month!