Fig, Smoked Gouda & Prosciutto Panini Stackers

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


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


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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  1. Esi wrote:

    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 🙂

    Posted 9.30.08 Reply
  2. Andrea wrote:

    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). 🙂

    Posted 10.1.08 Reply
  3. Karina wrote:

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

    Posted 10.1.08 Reply
  4. Jenny wrote:

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

    Posted 10.1.08 Reply
  5. lo wrote:

    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!

    Posted 10.1.08 Reply
  6. Marysol wrote:

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

    Posted 10.1.08 Reply
  7. Erin wrote:

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

    Posted 10.1.08 Reply
  8. noble pig wrote:

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

    Posted 10.1.08 Reply
  9. Amanda wrote:

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

    Posted 10.1.08 Reply
  10. Pam wrote:

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

    Posted 10.1.08 Reply
  11. Avesta wrote:

    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! 🙂

    Posted 10.1.08 Reply
  12. grace wrote:

    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. 🙂

    Posted 10.2.08 Reply
  13. Great idea for entertaining!

    Posted 10.2.08 Reply
  14. Kim wrote:

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

    Posted 10.4.08 Reply
  15. Hélène wrote:

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

    Posted 10.5.08 Reply
  16. sara wrote:

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

    Posted 10.5.08 Reply
  17. Nate wrote:

    Did you make your own fig jam for thsi?

    Posted 10.6.08 Reply
  18. PaniniKathy wrote:

    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 would have some good recipes for it, though.

    Posted 10.6.08 Reply
  19. Nicole wrote:

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

    Posted 10.7.08 Reply
  20. Jude wrote:

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

    Posted 10.8.08 Reply
  21. robinsue wrote:

    I love fig jam! Kathy this is another winner.

    Posted 10.8.08 Reply
  22. I am a fig jam junky, so this recipe is calling out to me!

    Posted 10.10.08 Reply
  23. kayla wrote:

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

    Posted 1.13.13 Reply
    • Kathy wrote:

      So glad you enjoyed it, Kayla! 🙂

      Posted 1.13.13 Reply