A few weeks ago when I went home for a visit (I make it sound like quite an undertaking, but my parents only live about twenty minutes away), my dad mentioned that our fig trees were in full bloom. I have to say that I never really appreciated these trees while I was growing up. I would complain about having to water them and then I would watch the little figs grow and grow and grow until they either fell into the soil (at which point I deemed them ruined) or were plucked away by birds. Now that I see how much they cost and how short their season is, I think differently. Plus figs are the kinds of things that don’t really travel well. They are best right after being plucked, which is why I am kind of wary of buying them in a supermarket or from one of the street vendors. I apparently have no qualms, however, about sneaking into the backyard on my way out with a small ziploc container, stealing a few figs from the trees (by a few I may in fact mean all of the ripe ones), and then comforting my dad on the phone the next day as he bemoaned the fate of his trees which were obviously ravaged by the local avian population. Nope, no regrets at all whatsoever.
In other news, I am hosting Regional Recipes this month!! Which means EVERYONE should participate. The theme this month is Scandinavian food, so all you have to do is cook up your favorite food from Sweden, Norway, Finland, or Denmark and send it to me by October 15th (okay I will take entries until the evening of the 19th as I will post the round-up on the 20th). This is a great opportunity to widen your culinary horizons, so get to it!
Grilled Fig and Brie Sandwiches
2 slices of bread
4 or 5 small figs, sliced
1 oz brie, sliced
1. Heat up the George Foreman or a panini press or a non-stick skillet.
2. Compile the sandwich by placing the figs and brie between the two slices of bread.
3. Grill using any of the aforementioned methods until the brie is melty.
I am submitting this to Souper Sunday, which is hosted by Deb over at Kahakai Kitchen.
Mmmm, they look tasty with all that yummy melted cheese! Scandinavian cuisine? Very intriguing! I haven’t the slightest clue what their cuisine entails, so participating would definitely expand my culinary horizons.
omg, heavenly!!! SO jealous of your fig tree!!! are they still around in nov? haha 🙂
Perfect sandwich has all of the ingredients I love!
I’ve never been a huge fig fan, but this sandwich looks just fabulous!
That looks amazing! I love sweet n’ savory combinations. A nice lady gave me 3 fresh figs from her tree last summer after I helped her with her groceries. I’d definitely love to have my own tree one day when I have a yard…
Wow I can just imagine how yummy that must taste…
Hey, this sounds really innovative and yum.
what an interesting combination. Cool.
What a great idea! I must admit I have never tried fresh figs yet….
You had me at figs and brie. Y-U-M-M-Y.
Scandinavian, huh? Well, I do live in Minnesota – land of the Nordic eats. I’ll see if I can get my act together in time.
My mother in law is Danish…Scandanavian should be easy!
Yum! I would love to have a fig tree. Scandinavian cuisine? I’ll look into that one. I’ve been interested in Regional Recipes before and would like to join up.
I love this! Such a delicious combo. Scandinavian sounds interesting, something new for me.
This looks delicious Joanne! I love figs and brie…this looks like a snack. Happy Blogging!
Oh yum! I love figs and brie. I’ve never put them into a sandwich. What a fantastic idea!
I have a little sticky note stuck to my computer, reminding me of regional!
URGH! The figs dropped into the mud and was fed on by BIRDS?! AHHH! I can’t get my head around that picture! AHHHHH!!!!! 0__o!!!
By the way, obviously that sandwich was made with me in mind, right? 😉
I tried brie with figs for the first time this past weekend and it was awesome! Putting it in a sandwich is even better, yum!
Delicious looking sandwich! Thanks for sending it to Souper Sundays. I may have to join you for the Regional Recipes thing being 1/2 Danish & Swedish. Got to represent (not that I ever cook the food!) 😉
I am also jealous of your fig tree! I have started eating figs this year and I love to roast them with honey.
You have a great sandwich 🙂
This looks delicious…a great combination.
I missed this sandwich from last week’s Souper Sundays! I made the same thing…well, almost, but I made a fig jam. Figs and brie? Yummy!