Mortadella and Fig Panini

by on September 14, 2011

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When I heard there was a contestant on the most recent season of Food Network Star, Jeff Mauro, who called himself the “Sandwich King” you know I had to tune in to see what this guy was about. King, eh? Not that I think of myself as the “Sandwich Queen” or anything…oh, maybe I do :-)…but nonetheless I was intrigued to watch him adapt each week’s challenge into some rather enticing comfort-oriented sandwiches. As you may know, Jeff ultimately won the competition and Sandwich King is now a show on the Food Network.

Jeff Mauro on Food Network Star

Jeff Mauro on Food Network Star (Photo: FoodNetwork.com)

I saw my chance to taste one of Jeff’s creations when I came across his recipe for a Mortadella and Fig Sandwich in the latest PEOPLE magazine (my weekly celebrity gossip indulgence). It was actually featured on the first episode of his show. He makes an easy fig jam on the stovetop and spreads it on focaccia with Mortadella and some sliced sharp Italian cheese (I went with sharp Provolone). I knew I’d love this sandwich before I even tasted it – you know I can’t resist a good sweet and savory combo. The sandwich pictured in the magazine wasn’t actually grilled, although the recipe calls for grilling. Here I show you the real deal – and it’s a fantastic sandwich.

All right, Sandwich King…I think we can share the throne. 🙂

Mortadella and Fig Panini

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1 Benthe September 14, 2011 at 11:04 pm

This looks so good, I’m already excited to try it!

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2 brandi@BranAppetit September 15, 2011 at 5:10 am

that sounds SO good! and i’ve got the figs ready and waiting 🙂
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3 Sommer@ASpicyPerspective September 15, 2011 at 7:26 am

YES! This sounds like heaven… on bread. 🙂
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4 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. September 15, 2011 at 8:16 am

This looks amazing. Great combination of flavors!
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5 Cookin' Canuck September 15, 2011 at 8:32 am

I can’t resist a good sweet-savory combo either. I truly can’t wait to try this one, Kathy. It looks as though I’ll have to tune into “Sandwich King” if he’s going to be making sandwiches like this one.
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6 Heidi / foodiecrush September 15, 2011 at 8:49 am

Sweet figs and balsamic in a spread. Plus gooey cheese. Plus spicy meat? Feed me please! Delish.
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7 Chef Dennis September 15, 2011 at 10:14 am

Wow, just throw another one of those on the press for me, while I polish your crown! That is one tasty looking panini!
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8 susan from food blogga September 15, 2011 at 3:10 pm

If you’re the sandwich queen, then what am I, a sandwich princess? 😉

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9 Kathy September 15, 2011 at 3:16 pm

I think we’re gonna need to find a really big throne for all of us, Susan! 🙂

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10 Carolyn September 15, 2011 at 3:18 pm

It does look pretty darn fantastic…but your original creations are too! Maybe you are the Panini Queen. Doesn’t that sound prettier anyway?
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11 Kathy September 15, 2011 at 5:24 pm

I think I do like the ring of that one, Carolyn!

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12 Tanya - Three Square Meals September 15, 2011 at 5:09 pm

Sweet and savory! My favorite flavor combo! Thanks.

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13 sweetsugarbelle September 15, 2011 at 7:34 pm

I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO excited about this! I LOVE FIG!!!
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14 HeatherChristo September 16, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Just so you know, I totally thought of you while watching him on that show! I bet you could wipe him up with your panini press Sandwich Queen! But I will maybe consider trying this sandwich, as my husband looooves mortadella.

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15 Laura @ GotChocolate September 17, 2011 at 9:31 am

Now THAT’S a sandwich!!!
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16 Shaina September 18, 2011 at 6:15 am

Love mortadella. It’s like the adult version of bologna and toast.
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17 Olga @ MangoTomato September 20, 2011 at 7:17 pm

I saw this on the show and it looked so good! I’m sure you did the sandwich justice 🙂

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18 Kelly Senyei September 21, 2011 at 10:54 am

Yes, please! This look so gooey and enticing. And I’m always up for one more use for mortadella.
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19 kellypea September 21, 2011 at 1:53 pm

Can I please be designated as the sandwich court jester? 🙂 I have yet to see the Sandwich King, but I probably need to tune in since sammies are one of our fave meals. But I’m preaching to the choir, right? I like that you used dried figs in this. I still haven’t quite acquired a taste for fresh figs. Working on it! The panino looks fabulous as usual.
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20 vanillasugarblog September 24, 2011 at 6:50 am

didn’t he have excellent on air personality? he was so good. food network needed a sandwich king.
and your recreation is definitely drool-worthy. my hubby wants to buy a panini press so badly and he doesn’t cook! He adores panini’s.

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