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easy gourmet sandwich

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a recipe by
Cherie Hammond
Brentwood, TN

Found this fig and mortadella recipe (by Jeff Mauro) in a magazine...and indeed it "worked"...with 3 great qualities of being easy, sweet and salty all at the same time! I had never had mortadella and was concerned I wouldn't be able to find in my local Publix...but, I did (thanks to the great Boar's Head meats they carry!) I have tweaked it just a hope you will try. The sandwich is just delicious...I served it with tomato basil soup and Terra's "Sweet & Beets" chips!

★★★★★ 1
serves 4

Ingredients For easy gourmet sandwich

  • 2 c
    dried figs, chopped
  • 1 c
  • 3/4 c
    balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp
  • 3/4 lb
    mortadella, sliced thin (or bologna if you absolutely cannot find mortadella!)
  • 8 oz
    asiago, sliced thin
  • 4
    baked ciabatta rolls
  • extra virgin olive oil

How To Make easy gourmet sandwich

  • 1
    I purchased my ciabatta rolls frozen from Publix bakery (because they only had 3 already baked ones left at the time). When I was ready to use them, I first baked them at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown. Once cooled, cut in half. If you don't want to do that...just buy already baked ciabatta rolls.
  • 2
    Chop the figs so that you have 2 cups.
  • 3
    In a small pot, stir together the figs, water, balsamic vinegar and sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for approx 15-20 minutes.
  • 4
    Let the fig mixture cool for approx 15 minutes, then puree it in a blender or food processor. Should only need about 30 seconds.
  • 5
    Over medium-low heat, preheat a griddle, flat pan or heavy skillet.
  • 6
    To assemble the sandwiches: spread approx 1 tablespoon of the fig puree on each bread half. Then layer the bottom bread half with cheese, meat, much as you like. Cover with the top bread half.
  • 7
    Brush the top of the sandwiches with olive oil, then place that side down on your heated pan. Cook for approx 3-4 minutes, until golden brown..and cheese begins to melt. Meanwhile brush the other side with olive oil. Flip the sandwich, and cook the other side approx 3-4 minutes. Serve and enjoy!