Fig and Bacon Grilled Cheese (The Figgy Piggy)

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, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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Fig and Bacon Grilled Cheese (The Figgy Piggy)

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.
Yield 4 sandwiches
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Sandwich
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder

Ingredients
 

  • 8 slices Sara Lee® Artesano™ Bread
  • 8 sliced Provolone Cheese
  • 2 ounces bleu cheese
  • 1/4 cup dried figs
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar , optional
  • 8 sliced thick cut bacon , cooked
  • 4 tablespoons butter , unsalted

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 833kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 61g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Cholesterol: 127mg | Sodium: 1557mg | Potassium: 421mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 975IU | Calcium: 598mg | Iron: 2.8mg
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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.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sara Lee® Artesano™ Bread.

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. ArtesanoBread AD
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. ArtesanoBread AD
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. ArtesanoBread AD

About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the upcoming cookbook: Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients which is being published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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    1. Sure, fresh figs will have a higher water content though, so I would just keep that in mind as they cook, they may release some liquids.

  1. This looks so good!! I’ve never cooked with figs before but I’ve got to try this recipe. And with bacon. Oh my!!

  2. “Figgy Piggy” — how cute! I love the addition of blue cheese in this delightful sandwich. Good bread is so important in a sandwich, and this Sara Lee bread looks perfect!

  3. Insanity!!! There are no words for how much I NEED one of these sandwiches right now! They look and sound incredible! What a flavor combination.

  4. I love when the crunchy outside is filled with creamy cheese! The best part of grilled cheese is the stretch! Fig and blue cheese is a great combination!