Fig and Bacon Grilled Cheese, otherwise known as The Figgy Piggy is a grilled cheese sandwich with homemade fig spread, bleu cheese, provolone and thick cut bacon.
Fig and Bacon Grilled Cheese is a play on one of my favorite pizzas back home. The same restaurant that makes the legendary Brussels Sprouts makes the most amazing “Figgy Piggy” pizza. My take on it is inspired by Sara Lee® Artesano™ Bread who was generous enough to sponsor this post.
Sara Lee® Artesano™ Bread is sliced thick with a creamy Italian bread type flavor and is the newest addition to Sara Lee Breads. It has no artificial flavors, colors or corn syrup so it is really about as close to fresh baked homemade bread as you’re going to get in your bread aisle. Plus, the crust it made on this grilled cheese was amazing and since tomorrow is National Grilled Cheese day I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate!
The thick slices of bread are a perfect fit for your favorite grilled cheese and the mild flavor doesn’t overpower the amazing filling of homemade fig puree, bacon, bleu cheese and provolone cheese. The hearty Italian style bread will hold strong under the weight of the gooey cheese, but won’t overpower your fillings. It also crisps nicely on the outside, while the inside remains soft and fluffy for when you dig in.
Have you ever seen a more beautiful cutting board? Bleu cheese, bacon, fig puree? This grilled cheese is the perfect way to kick up the grilled cheese to a whole other level. You don’t need too much bleu cheese, if you use too much it is going to completely overpower your sandwich and the fig needs a little help standing out.
The bacon on the other hand? Go all out. Thick sliced bacon crisped up makes for a great meaty bite in this grilled cheese. The provolone is on both sides to help seal in the fig puree and the bleu cheese. It is also a fantastic melting cheese so you’ll have that delicious stretchy cheese moment when you take your first bite.
- 8 slices Sara Lee® Artesano™ Bread
- 8 sliced Provolone Cheese
- 2 ounces bleu cheese
- ¼ cup dried figs
- ¼ cup water
- 1 tablespoon sugar, optional
- 8 sliced thick cut bacon, cooked
- 4 tablespoons butter, unsalted
- Add the figs to the water and either let sit overnight or microwave for 2-3 minutes.
- Remove the figs and add them to a small food processor and add water as needed (I used 2 tablespoons) to make a spreadable puree.
- You can add sugar to the puree if you would like but with this savory grilled cheese I didn't.
- Spread the butter on one side of each of the 8 slices of Sara Lee® Artesano™ Bread.
- Butter side down on the cutting board add fig puree to four of the slices.
- Add the bleu cheese to the remaining four slices.
- Add a slice of provolone to each of the slices.
- Top four slices with bacon.
- Close the sandwiches, a bacon covered piece of Sara Lee® Artesano™ Bread with a non bacon covered piece.
- In a cast iron pan or griddle on medium high add the sandwiches and cook for 3-5 minutes on each side.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sara Lee® Artesano™ Bread.