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Fresh Fig, Goat Cheese, Honey, and Almond Panini

Fresh Fig, Goat Cheese, Honey and Almond Panini | AggiesKitchen.com #sandwich #fig

What a mouthful of a title right? I just didn’t know what else to call it honestly, and I didn’t want to miss a thing when I told you what it was.

I hold fresh figs near and dear to my heart. If you are Italian, and have an Italian grandpa, then maybe you can relate. I grew up with major fig trees in my back yard. Like major. I remember them in our yard when we lived up in New York and I remember even more in our yards (my parents’ and my grandparents’ yards) here in Florida. Picking a warm fresh fig off the tree, peeling it gently and eating it right there barefoot in the grass was an everyday thing for me. I don’t remember my family making anything fancy with figs, basically just eating them pure and simple as they were. They were so sweet – like nature’s candy!

Fresh Fig, Goat Cheese, Honey and Almond Panini | AggiesKitchen.com #sandwich #fig

Since I don’t live as close to my family as I used to, I really miss out on the figs. It makes me sad! The last couple of years I have actually started purchasing them from my grocery store (skeptically) when they are in season and on buy one get one sale. I’ve learned that I love the Brown Turkey ones the best. They aren’t my grandpa’s figs, but they will do.

This little sandwich is something my grandpa would never think to make with his figs – I am not really sure he’s ever tried goat cheese honestly. I have a feeling he would love it, because really – what’s not to love about a crispy almond panini filled with tangy goat cheese, a drizzle of honey, crunchy almonds and sweet sliced fresh figs. Oh my…this is truly one of my most favorite things to eat right now (well this and this avocado-feta toast too)!! And I can’t help but imagine that this little sandwich would go perfectly with a crisp glass of Pinot Grigio…in fact, I highly recommend you cook up a few paninis, slice them up and serve them as appetizers at your next wine happy hour with some friends. At least that’s what I would do. 🙂

Fresh Fig, Goat Cheese, Honey and Almond Panini | AggiesKitchen.com #sandwich #fig

Print Recipe

Fresh Fig, Goat Cheese, Honey, and Almond Panini

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices multi grain bread
  • 1 - 2 ounces goat cheese
  • 1 heaping tablespoon sliced almonds
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • sliced fresh figs (1 or 2 depending on size)

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, combine goat cheese, honey and almonds into a spread. Spread evenly on both sides of sliced bread, then add your sliced figs in center to make a sandwich.
  2. Place in panini press (or under a heavy weight in a heated skillet) and cook until toasted and cheese is melted.

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33 Responses to “Fresh Fig, Goat Cheese, Honey, and Almond Panini”

  1. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl posted September 5, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Oh I’m so jealous of the figs!! We can never find them fresh around here. I want this!!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted September 5, 2013 at 8:38 am

      Oh I wish you could find them! I just started seeing them in the stores the last few years, before that it was a tree thing only for me!

  2. Maria posted September 5, 2013 at 7:47 am

    Can I join you for lunch? YUM!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted September 5, 2013 at 8:38 am

      yes ma’am you can. Come on over 🙂

  3. Kim | Just For Clicks posted September 5, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Ok, I’m going to share something with you that I hope doesn’t impact our friendship in a negative way…. I’ve NEVER had a fig. Well, except I grew up on Fig Newtons if that counts. 😉 BUT I pinky promise to try these —> Thinking a GREAT Book Club thing to make. Great excuse to buy a panini press! PS ~ Gorgeous photos by the way!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted September 5, 2013 at 8:37 am

      ha ha, I still love ya! but you need to remedy this! I wonder if you can find fresh figs by you? They are such a treat! And I could see it as a perfect snack for book club!

  4. Liren posted September 5, 2013 at 8:46 am

    How fortunate you were to grow up eating from Fig trees! Funny enough, I didn’t taste fresh figs until I moved away from New York! Now I am obsessed. This Panini has all the flavors I adore.

    • Aggies Kitchen posted September 5, 2013 at 8:54 am

      it’s funny because it’s definitely one of those things I took for granted in childhood. Now I see what a delicacy they were, back then I don’t think fresh figs were appreciated as much! I need to put a tree in my own back yard 🙂

  5. Erica posted September 5, 2013 at 9:05 am

    I bet this is just heaven to bite into. There is something about melty goat cheese…mmmm

  6. Tasha @thatssoyummy posted September 5, 2013 at 9:48 am

    I am in love with this combo….

  7. Ali @ inspiralized posted September 5, 2013 at 11:34 am

    What a combination!!! This looks absolutely delicious… very creative.

  8. Jamie @lifelovelemons posted September 5, 2013 at 11:45 am

    All of my favorite things in one sandwich. YUM!

  9. Heather posted September 5, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    OH AGGIE!!! Girl, if there’s an award for best sandwich you totally just won it. I started drooling at the title alone!

  10. Amy @Very Culinary posted September 5, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    Holy freaking yum.

  11. bellini posted September 5, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    Sadly no figs are grown here in Canada but the Italian market is known to have the best we can find in thi area in season.

  12. Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg posted September 5, 2013 at 7:56 pm

    I’m not as crazy about figs as the rest of my family even though I’m of Middle Eastern background, but I can total get with this sandwich. Delicious!

  13. DessertForTwo posted September 5, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    I’m ALL about figs right now. Figs before pumpkins! I have a fig recipe coming up tomorrow… 😉

  14. Gaby posted September 5, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    Fabulous sandwich! The figs and the goat cheese are so good together, it is just perfect!!

  15. Debbie posted September 6, 2013 at 8:28 am

    This looks so good! I love figs and goat cheese together. There’s a restaurant near me that serves bruschetta with figs and goat cheese and I love it. I will definitely try this one Aggie. Thanks for sharing.

  16. cassie posted September 6, 2013 at 1:36 pm

    Totally my kind of sandwich. genius, friend!

  17. Jamie@Milk 'n' Cookies posted September 8, 2013 at 9:07 am

    This looks fantastic! I just discovered fresh figs this year, and I know I won’t turn back. They have such a unique, delicate flavor. But I never thought to use them in a Panini — what a great idea!

  18. Julia posted September 8, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    I love figs but rarely use them in cooking–what a great recipe!

  19. Vanessa posted September 9, 2013 at 11:09 am

    I grew up in southern Spain and was lucky enough to have a fig tree in my backyard as well. That tree is still there and every time I visit home, I take a walk to the backyard and pay a visit to it. It’s still offering delicious figs. I love the flavor combination of your recipe!

  20. Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen posted September 9, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    Oh my, love the flavor combo here! Absolutely love goat cheese but I don’t do enough with figs. Gotta fix that.

  21. The Healthy Apple posted September 9, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Looks great Aggie; love this combo!!

  22. Jim DeRoy posted September 9, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Never ever had a fig in my life before. I’ve always heard great things about them so i’m not sure why. This I just can’t pass by. Thank you

  23. Joshua Hampton (Cooking Classes San Diego) posted September 10, 2013 at 10:44 am

    It’s a mouthful of a title, alright, but it also looks so mouthwatering. I have to find figs now….

  24. Nutmeg Nanny posted September 10, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Oh goodness, what a delectable combination 🙂 I am in love!!

  25. Pop Chef posted September 21, 2013 at 3:45 am

    This goat cheese, honey, almond and fresh fig panini looks great. Thanks for the recipe.

  26. Janette posted April 23, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Figs are one of my new obsessions. I cannot wait to try this panini. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

  27. Lois Davis posted July 28, 2016 at 2:35 pm

    Oh, my, Aggie, this looks scrumptious! Thanks for the recipe!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted July 29, 2016 at 11:02 am

      thank you!! and you are very welcome! Loved your cruise pics, so much fun. Miss seeing you and hope you are doing well! xoxo

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