It is hard to beat the simplicity of a grilled cheese sandwich. A favorite with kids and adults alike, even in its most basic version it is a true comfort food. But what if you are in the mood for a kicked-up take of this classic? Something that makes you say, “Wow, this is good!” Still simple to prepare, this grilled sandwich with bacon, figs, salad greens and lots of melt-y cheese is a winner.
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Kicked-up grilled cheese sandwich
What to look for when selecting figs
Early figs are available the first few weeks in June. The second or “new wood” season usually runs from August through October. When selecting figs, look for fruit that is slightly soft to the touch with no surface breaks in the skin. Fruit with sap coming out of the opposite end of the stem indicates ripeness and high sugar content. To store figs, remove from the containers you bought them in to prevent bruising. Fresh figs will store for several days in a shallow bowl in your refrigerator.
To prepare fresh figs for use, rinse in cool running water and remove the stem. Fresh figs are usually eaten raw but are also good sauteed, baked or grilled. They are a good source of potassium, manganese and dietary fiber.
Building a grilled cheese sandwich with bacon and figs
Is this not perfect?
Serve with lightly dressed salad greens or melon slices. To make it a complete dinner, you might like to serve up with a bowl of Garden Fresh Tomato Soup. (click link for recipe)
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