Fig, Smoked Gouda & Prosciutto Panini Stackers

by on September 30, 2008

When you’re at a restaurant, do you order your entrée based on the main item or the side dishes?  For me, it’s almost always the sides – I bypass the star and look straight to the supporting players.  They just always seem to be more interesting.  Perhaps it’s because you’re only getting a small portion of the roast garlic noodle galette or artichoke risotto or smoked potato purée that chefs really make them count.  I would love to eat at a restaurant that served just side dishes.  I guess that is the whole “small plates” phenomenon. 🙂

Considering the name of my blog, I usually make panini the star of the plate but today I decided to give them “side status” for a change.  My Fig, Smoked Gouda & Prosciutto Panini Stackers are mini-panini, grilled on French baguette slices.  With their combination of sweet, salty and smoky flavors they’re perfect companions to a nice hot autumn bowl of butternut squash soup (find some tasty ones at Simply Recipes, Andrea’s Recipes, and Karina’s Kitchen).

Fig, Smoked Gouda & Prosciutto Panini Stackers

INGREDIENTS:

French baguette, sliced into 1/4″ slices
Prosciutto, thinly sliced, torn into pieces roughly the same size as the baguette slices
Smoked Gouda, sliced into 1/8″ slices
Fig spread or jam

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat the panini grill to low heat.

Place prosciutto and Gouda on a baguette slice. Spread a very thin layer of fig spread on another baguette slice and press the baguette (fig side down) on top of the Gouda to close the sandwich. Repeat for each sandwich.

Grill panini for 10-12 minutes until cheese is softened (it may not completely melt). Serve immediately, with soup or as a snack on their own.

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{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Esi September 30, 2008 at 11:04 pm

Ok, now I think you are in my head! I saw something similar on Everyday Food last week and thought I should try it with my fig jam. I just need to find bread that isn’t in bulk size 🙂

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2 Andrea October 1, 2008 at 4:00 am

I don’t have the fig jam, but the smoked gouda and prosciutto are in my frig, just waiting. This sounds yummy, and would certainly go well with squash soup (thanks for mentioning mine). 🙂

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3 Karina October 1, 2008 at 7:08 am

That combo- prosciutto, fig and smoked gouda is swoon worthy. I’d love one of these for breakfast!

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4 Jenny October 1, 2008 at 7:33 am

Wow Kathy, these are gorgeous, I can just about taste them from here!

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5 lo October 1, 2008 at 8:24 am

People have been tempting me with figs all season. The idea of pairing them with smoked gouda has taken me over the edge.

Love these, Kathy!

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6 Marysol October 1, 2008 at 10:31 am

Each ingredient is delicious on its own, but together, they’re bound to make me smile.

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7 Erin October 1, 2008 at 10:35 am

OK…you’ve finally tempted me too many times. I now desperately need my own panini press!

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8 noble pig October 1, 2008 at 11:37 am

Smoked Gouda is like the best thing ever! Yum! Thank you for making my mouth water.

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9 Amanda October 1, 2008 at 12:12 pm

I’ve tried this before… Blackberry jelly goes remarkable with this as well. Super yum. Paninis are my favourite sandwiches in the world.

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10 Pam October 1, 2008 at 12:38 pm

Fantastic. Can I please come to your house for lunch? Pretty please?

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11 Avesta October 1, 2008 at 4:17 pm

I, too, am panini happy! I am loving your site! Every morning at the restaurant I made myself mini brie and tomato paninis with small baguette rounds…paninis are truly one of the best inventions! 🙂

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12 grace October 2, 2008 at 6:42 am

i look at the meat first, and then usually end up asking if i can swap sides. i think waiters and waitresses probably hate me. 🙂
meanwhile, this combo of ingredients is one of my favorites that you’ve posted. the stackers look great. 🙂

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13 Culinary Cory October 2, 2008 at 7:28 pm

Great idea for entertaining!

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14 Kim October 4, 2008 at 5:20 am

I really like this combo, especially with the butternut squash soup. Good post!

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15 Hélène October 5, 2008 at 11:31 am

I love all of your panini recipes. We had ham & emmenthal cheese panini yesterday for lunch.

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16 sara October 5, 2008 at 7:54 pm

This sounds great, smoked gouda is one of my favorites!

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17 Nate October 6, 2008 at 4:15 pm

Did you make your own fig jam for thsi?

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18 PaniniKathy October 6, 2008 at 5:13 pm

Nate – I wish I could say I made my own fig jam! No, I actually found a jar of it near the specialty cheeses at the grocery store. I imagine foodblogsearch.com would have some good recipes for it, though.

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19 Nicole October 7, 2008 at 5:16 pm

This looks delicious! I’ll have to look for fig jam the next time I’m at the store.

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20 Jude October 8, 2008 at 12:12 am

Great call with the fig jam. Seems like a good match with the gouda.

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21 robinsue October 8, 2008 at 5:25 am

I love fig jam! Kathy this is another winner.

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22 Susan from Food Blogga October 10, 2008 at 10:43 am

I am a fig jam junky, so this recipe is calling out to me!

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23 kayla January 13, 2013 at 3:04 pm

i made this a while back with thinly sliced dates and i think was the best sandwich i ever made. very filling.

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24 Kathy January 13, 2013 at 3:08 pm

So glad you enjoyed it, Kayla! 🙂

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