Cheddar, Fig Jam and Rosemary Candied Pecan Panini

by on September 17, 2013

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Well, that was quite a week! The Ultimate Panini Press Cookbook debuted as the #1 grilling cookbook on Amazon (all right, after Labor Day maybe that’s not all that hard to do, but still – #1!) thanks in large part to all of you, so THANK YOU for your incredible support.

Today’s Cheddar, Fig Jam and Rosemary Candied Pecan Panini might sound a little familiar to some of you – I first shared a similar version almost two years ago, in a guest post on my friend Michael Natkin’s blog, Herbivoracious. Back then, I grilled these sandwiches with apple butter in place of the fig jam, which would, of course, be perfect at this time of year as well. But this time, it’s all about the figs.


Last weekend I participated with our local Les Dames d’Escoffier chapter for an event called Fig Fest, celebrating the fabulous fruit. Forty or so local chefs – and me! – prepared creative dishes featuring figs. Tillamook generously provided their Vintage White Sharp Cheddar cheese for our panini, and my favorite local bread bakery, Bread & Cie, provided their amazing country levain. My husband Mike and I turned out at least 200 samples of our panini (by the way, you know you’ve got a good husband when he grills sandwiches and greets customers with you all afternoon long in 85-degree heat when he could be home relaxing with football :-)).

I’ll tell you what, it is pretty incredible to watch a whole lot of people taste your food and get their real-time feedback. The Fig Fest patrons really loved my cheddar, fig and candied pecan combination. It’s a little sweet, a little tangy, a bit buttery and with slightest bit of heat from the cayenne in the pecans. One sweet man told me mine was his favorite taste of the day! I can’t say for sure whether he was telling the truth, but let’s just go with it!

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Angela September 17, 2013 at 5:07 am

It’s like turning a cheese plate into a sandwich, awesome!

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2 Kathy Strahs September 17, 2013 at 6:28 am

Pretty much – yes!!

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3 Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective September 17, 2013 at 5:24 am

Delicious sandwich, Kathy! That fig jam sounds heavenly! 🙂
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4 Cookin Canuck September 17, 2013 at 7:08 am

Congratulations, Kathy! You deserve it…your book is fantastic!

And this panini…sweet, salty and cheesy. Sounds just about perfect.
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5 Ash-foodfashionparty September 18, 2013 at 10:33 am

Yet another delicious recipe, love fig jam.

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6 Carole September 19, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Hi Kathy: Thanks for the book plate. I absolutely LOVE the book, not I think I need to get a better panini maker. I can’t wait to start cooking…Thanks again.

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7 Kathy Strahs September 20, 2013 at 6:04 am

I’m so glad to hear it, Carole – thanks so much! 🙂

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8 Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste September 27, 2013 at 8:44 am

Congratulations, Kathy! #1 on Amazon is no small feat! Loving your book 🙂
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9 Nutmeg Nanny September 27, 2013 at 6:25 pm

Oh wow, what an incredible recipe! I can already tell I am going to just love this 🙂
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