Prosciutto, Fresh Fig, and Manchego Cheese Sandwiches
Italians have culinary contributions, such as prosciutto di Parma, that once tasted, I cannot imagine being without it in the kitchen! One of the time-tested food combinations of Italians is prosciutto and fresh figs. Nearly every cookbook or Italian chef will have a unique way to pair these two food friends together!
Every now and then, a recipe comes along that just sends your taste buds soaring into the heavens! This sandwich recipe is just one of those unique, packed full of diverse flavors recipe! I discovered it from one of my favorite bloggers, Velva, on her tomatoes on the vine blog. Velva gives credit to Cooking Light which never fails to amaze me with wonderful recipes. After reading about the ingredients that are currently fresh and in season right now, I simply could not wait to prepare these. The marriage of flavors in this creation are sweet and savory al magnifico! The sweetness of the fresh figs and fig jam, combined with the savory Italian prosciutto di Parma, Dijon mustard, and Manchego cheese is indescribable. Besides being a delectable lunch/dinner sandwich, another great idea would be to cut the sandwiches into little mini-sammies for party finger food (with toothpicks to keep them held together). Your guests will certainly be impressed when they bite into them!
First of all, I had to order the fig jam from an Italian grocer on the web, since I could not find any at Whole Foods or The Fresh Market. You really need this ingredient for the flavor combination! It arrived in the mail one hour ago from my making the sandwich and posting it!
I must also give you a heads-up on another little important tidbit about this recipe . . . it isn’t cheap at all; in fact, it is rather pricey! Good quality Italian prosciutto can cost at a minimum of $12.00 a pound, the 1-year old Manchego cheese was commanding $19.00 a pound, the imported Italian fig jam was $12.00 plus $7.00 shipping and handling, the fresh figs were about $4.00 for a small basket, and a small jar of Grey Poupon Dijon mustard is about $5.00. Of course those full quantities weren’t used, but I’m just letting you know that this isn’t your every day turkey sandwich! For a splurge of a sandwich, this is it!
Prosciutto, Fresh Fig, and Manchego Sandwiches
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- 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
- 8 thickly sliced Italian bread, toasted
- 1 cup arugula, (I used red leaf lettuce for brighter color, plus arugula was unavailable in the market)
- 2 ounces very thinly sliced prosciutto (of course, I added more to my sandwich . . . yum!)
- 2 ounces thinly sliced Manchego cheese (again, I added more, and used 1-year old aged Manchego for a stronger flavor)
- 8 fresh figs, cut into slices, top stem cut off
- 2 Tablespoons fig jam (or more!)
- Spread the Dijon mustard on four slices of bread.
- Spread the fig jam on the other four slices of bread.
- On the mustard bread slices, layer the arugula or red leaf lettuce.
- Place the prosciutto on top of the lettuce, divided evenly among the four sandwiches.
- Top each with the cheese slices.
- Top each with 3 – 4 fig slices.
- Place the bread slices with the fig jam (jam side down) on top of the sandwiches.
- I served this with a little bowl (a tiny dipping bowl size) of Dijon mustard and another with fig jam to pass around to my guests to add to their sandwiches (I liked a little more Dijon on mine).
Enjoy these Prosciutto, Fresh Fig, and Manchego Cheese Sandwiches!
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This is an amazing sandwich – from the nice crusty bread to the luscious and sweet figs. Yum.
Roz … you blog really is just so so pretty. When it comes up on my monitor, I immediately feel at home (get that warm and cozy feeling!) The photos are always so beautiful and I just love the stories you tell. SO enjoy every part of this. Just had to tell you.
That is one glorious sandwich! Local figs are gone but I do have a jar of fig jam I brought home from Paris and I can’t think of a more delicious way to use it. This is a special treat but worth every penny in my book.
Terrifici photos, too.
I just discovered proscuitto a few months ago, and sadly I don’t think I’ve ever had a fig (if you only knew how deprived I was in my childhood you would know this is not that shocking). This delicious sandwich looks like a happy mouthful!
That’s a sandwich I’d sure love to get my hands on…yum!
This sandwich sure does sound heavenly and the good news is that hopefully you have enough extras to enjoy several more of them 🙂
I just love having good prosciutto around the house, but have to make a special trip to the next city over and pay the high price for the good stuff. I’m overdue for a trip!
A good proscuitto seems to almost melt on your tongue Roz. Love the combination here with fresh figs.
That looks so good, as do all of your recipes.
I absolutely love your blog! I’m your newest follower.
OH MY… that looks delish. But what doesn’t on here. yummy yummy. Thanks for sharing your words with me on my blog. I know this chapter of my life is going to be amazing. Have a great week.
Such a wonderful combination of ingredients in your sandwich–I so love figs. Thanks for sending it to Souper Sundays–hope to have you back again soon. (And your Seasonal Saturdays sounds like fun too!)
Ciao Roz!! I never had this type of sandwich before. I will have to try it sometime, it looks very good. Enjoy your week! ♥
Roz, I’m so glad you stopped by my blog so I get a chance to stop by yours. It’s gorgeous!! I’m going to enjoy looking around. I have a few recipes that call for fig jam and I can’t find it. I was hoping our Whole Foods would have it as whenever I can’t find something, I can USUALLY find it there. I hope I can find some as I would love to make this sandwich! It looks amazing!
Roz, this recipe comes timely. We can’t get fresh figs in my country but I have some preserved figs but I will try this recipe with them. Gorgeous pictures makes me salivate! 😀
This looks so incredibly good to me. Though I’m quite positive my husband wouldn’t touch this. More for me!
My hubby is nuts on prosciutto. Me, not so much, but I would love it in this sandwich!