Grilled Cheese with Fig Jam

grilled cheese with fig jam

(Fig SWEEPSTAKES at bottom of post}

Happy National Grilled Cheese Day!  I love my ultimate comfort food… grilled cheese sandwiches! When I was little, it was always white bread and American cheese and it reminds me of my mom and grandma.  At some point, my mom read something about wheat bread being good for us so we shifted to the whitest wheat bread she could find. (Home Pride anyone?)

I dated a boy who didn’t use American cheese and it confused me. But he was cute so I tried it and realized that jack and cheddar were also pretty good melted on white bread. I would get really fancy trying to impress him with my culinary skills by crisscrossing the white and orange cheeses into a melty-cheesey pattern of gooeyness. (We dated for awhile so I guess it worked.)

I’m trilled to say I’ve expanded my grilled cheese horizons (and my love of all things cheese) and get excited at sightings of LA based The Grilled Cheese Truck and The Grilled Cheese Invitational. If you are also a bit of a grilled cheese snob then you are going to L.O.V.E. this grilled cheese with fig jam recipe I out and out stole from my foodie friend Judy. (She’s cool with it though…)

grilled cheese with fig jam

Okay so this recipe is really about figs!  haha Surprise! Look at these beauties growing in my backyard…

grilled cheese with fig jam

Although figs have a long season with all the varieties available, right now dried is still the way to go. This recipe is a two parter, the grilled cheese itself and the shinning star, Judy’s Dried Fig and Onion Jam… which I happened to also steal a jar of. All in the name of sharing with you guys, of course!

My bread choices have grown up along with my cheese choices, so brioche was the perfect bread for this with Gruyere cheese (or Comte, if you can find it). Don’t get me wrong, I will never, ever turn down a grilled cheese on white with American. Ever!

The brioche I picked up is freshly made with all organic ingrediants at The Baker Bakery & Cafe in Woodland Hills. And I usually get my dried figs from Avila and Sons Farms.

grilled cheese with fig jam

Oh, and guess what?  I asked the good people at California Figs if they had a little somethin-somethin for my readers and they replied with a resounding, “absolutely!” You’re welcome.

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Recipe courtesy of Judy at Two Broads Abroad.

Grilled Cheese with Fig Jam

Grilled Cheese with Fig Jam


  • 14 dried Mission figs (1 cup), sliced
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 dried chili arbol (or a dash of chili flakes)
  • 2 large spanish onions, thinly sliced
  • 10 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 3 rosemary sprigs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • For the sandwich
  • Brioche
  • Gruyere cheese, approx 4-5 slices
  • butter


  1. Place figs, sherry, dried pepper, and two rosemary sprigs in a pot and add water to cover. Bring to a boil and let simmer for a minute. Turn off heat, cover and let cool.
  2. Add oil to a hot sauté pan. Add onions, garlic and third rosemary sprig. Stir until the onions are camelized, keeping an eye on them so they don't blacken.
  3. While onions caramelize, strain figs from the liquid. Retain the liquid.
  4. Add figs to onion mixture. Stir
  5. In a separate pot, reduce the fig liquid so it resembles syrup. Pour over onions and figs. Bring to a boil. Adjust seasonings. Chill.
  6. When mixture is cooled, place in food processor and blend to a chunky puree,
  7. To construct sandwich:
  8. Butter one side of each bread slice (I use Organic Earth Balance)
  9. Add jam to inside of both slices
  10. Add layer of cheese
  11. Grill over med. heat, flipping when first side is nicely browned

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  • Reply
    April 12, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Love them both, but especially like the fresh. I’m a new Californian, love to pick them off the tree!

  • Reply
    Erika Kerekes {Not Ketchup}
    April 12, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    Fresh figs are delicious but fleeting – dried figs are different for sure but available all year long! 🙂

  • Reply
    Amanda Paa
    April 13, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    love both but especially fresh when they are in season! happy to have found your blog as well, gorgeous!

  • Reply
    April 13, 2014 at 5:47 pm

    Great memories of eating fresh warm figs from my grandparents’ tree. Fresh or dry, figs are a real treat.

  • Reply
    Lynn K
    April 14, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Dried, please… This recipe looks so OMG good! Can’t wait to try. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply
      Farm to Table
      April 14, 2014 at 4:32 pm

      Hi Lynn, It really is OMG good! I just had another for lunch. Let me know if you try it. 🙂

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