I just had a brain fart on how to spell ‘arugula.’ My birthday is in 2 weeks. I’m getting old.
I tell you what, I have been dreaming of grilled cheese for some time now. Really GOOD grilled cheese with awesome bread, griddled with real butter, on awesome bread. And maybe a little meat because, well, Nate doesn’t count it as a meal unless there’s meat in there. He’d probably ask where the rest of the dinner was if it was just grilled cheese. I think it’s a man thing…
Anyway, after receiving only the best box of Trader Joe’s goodies from only the best blogger and friend ever inspiration struck. Fig butter. Loosely translated for the layperson fig butter means “heaven” or “heavenly.” It’s true, it’s totally in Webster’s Dictionary. Check it out. I knew that fig butter would play a big role in dinner sometime this week, and boy was I right! Shortly after the package came into my greedy little hands a food truck came to our office park that featured a grilled cheese with fig jam on it. Eureka!
Like I said before, this would be fantastic without the ham, but the ham is also great at adding a little smoky sweetness to the sandwich too. Make it either way or half-and-half and you’ve got a real winner. And make sure you make extras to heat up in the oven the next day! I promise you’ll be craving it…
- 8 slices of good, fresh bakery bread
- 4 Tbsp butter
- 8 slices ham (optional)
- 8 Tbsp fig butter OR fig jam
- 12-16 slices of sharp white cheddar cheese
- 1-2 cups arugula (side note: if you don’t keep this around your house very often and don’t want to spend much hit up the salad bar at your local Whole Foods or grocer…I bought 2 cups of arugula there for $.48. Heather – 1, Whole Foods – 0)
Preheat your oven to 400. Line a baking sheet with foil and place the bread on top (this may have to be done in batches depending on how big the bread is). Spread each slice evenly with 1 Tbsp of fig butter/jam each. Top each slice with cheese, making sure it’s evenly distributed – use as much or as little as you’d like on each slice, but make sure each slice has cheese on it. Place in oven for 5-7 minutes, watching carefully to make sure that cheese is melting but the bread is not toasting. When the cheese is halfway melted, remove from oven. Add ham and close each sandwich. Spread each side of each sandwich with 1/2 Tbsp of butter and griddle over medium-low heat for about 3 minutes on each side; the time it takes will depend on your preference in bread toastiness. I like mine golden brown, but not burned and not barely toasted. When the bread reaches your desired level of toasting, remove from pan. Open the sandwich carefully…it’s hot! Add a little bit of arugula in the middle and close the sandwich up. Slice and serve hot!
Arugula. See? Not as old as I thought!