Prosciutto and Fig Panini with Lemony Chickpea Salad

Tonight, I made another recipe that I saw first over at Je Mange la Ville. Love that blog. This panini was every bit as delicious as it sounded- fig jam, proscuitto, and goat cheese? I mean, come on! This does take a little more time than most of my recipes what with the jam and all, but you only need about an hour all together so it’s not totally impossible for a weeknight. I knew I was going to be late tonight, so I had my husband start on the jam and the onions. They came out great and he had no complaints, so it must be really easy. Oh, did I mention the onions yet? They are so good. They taste like a blooming onion, but without the greasy breading.

I wanted something different on the side, so I thought I’d try to recreate the chickpea salad that I had at The Ginger Man. Well, I was out of a bunch of ingredients that I planned on using, so mine was pretty different. It was super good though, with a nice texture and a bright flavor. I have a feeling that variations on this are going to be heavy in my rotation this summer.

For the salad:

  • 1 large can chickpeas
  • 5 radishes, thinly sliced.
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3 T red wine vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 T dried mint
  • Some fresh parsley, chopped
  • kosher salt, and lots of cracked pepper

Rinse and drain the chickpeas. Toss with the radishes in a large dish. In a large bowl, combine lemon juice, oil, vinegar, garlic, mint, and parsley. Mix well. Add about 1/8 of the chickpeas. With a potato masher, mash chickpeas into the liquid until its nice and soft. Add the rest of the chickpeas and radishes, and toss to coat everything well. Add a little bit of kosher salt and lots of fresh cracked pepper.

For the sandwiches:

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 2 T sugar
  • 1/2 cup  dried calamaria figs , stemmed and halved
  • 1/2 tbsp dried rosemary
  • 1 medium red onion, cut into 1/4-inch-thick rounds
  • 1 tbsp chilled butter, diced
  • 1 cup loosely packed baby spinach
  • 8 slices of good bread (I used a soft Italian)
  • 1/4 lb prosciutto
  • 4 oz goat cheese

1. Bring water, wine, sugar, figs, and rosemary to boil in small saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer until mixture is reduced to  1/2 cup, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes. Cool slightly. Puree until it has a smooth consistency.

2. Preheat oven to 400. Place onion rounds on a baking sheet. Dot with butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Roast until tender, about 45 minutes.

3. Assembly sandwiches: Spread 4 pieces of bread with about 2 T fig jam. Top each piece with 1 oz cheese, prosciutto, spinach, and onion. Top with another piece of bread. Cook in a panini press; alternately, cook in a hot grill pan while placing a heavy weight (a can works well) on top of each sandwich to smoosh it together.

Serves 4.

Comments

  1. Natasha - 5 Star Foodie says:

    Perfect salad and sandwich combo! Yum!

  2. They both looks VERY good! I’m especially likin’ the looks of that chickpea salad!

  3. The Panini is a slice of heaven!!! I love fig jam. And prosciutto. And Chickpeas in salad are the best!

  4. excellent meal…this looks really tasty

    the lecithin only adds lecithin to the cookie, lecithin is good for the nervous system and brain functions

  5. I love figs and proscuitto together in sandwiches and atop pizzas. The quick fig jam is pure genius. I bet it would be good spread on toast for breakfast, too.

  6. That panini is drool worthy…. yum!!!!

  7. Those look great! I’m definitly going to try to chickpea salad, that looks pretty easy and I love chickpeas (not sure about radishs, but I will try).

  8. I am making homer simpson sounds

  9. fig in a panini? you’re my idol. I’d LOVE a big hunk of this panini.

  10. Oh wow. See, I had a feeling it was going to be a bad idea coming here. Just kidding.

    Everything looks fantastic and now I’m hungry.

  11. Prioscuttio and fig panini…it looks delish!!
    ronell

  12. I love paninis, I really like the addition of fig in this one! The salad sounds great too.

  13. reeni- I love figs too. they are soooo yummy!
    carolyn- on pizza sounds divine!! And I made extra jam for toast!!
    heather- wow something you actually like! lol ;)
    Mo- lol!!
    Kate- sorry for making you hungry. lol
    Lesley, doggie, natasha, cg, sophia, myfrenchkitchen, and sara- thanks!!

  14. These sandwiches are drool-worthy! When I saw the title I immediately thought, wow, they’d be great with goat cheese…and then I saw that was on the ingredient list, which gives me great faith that these would be a-mazing. Luckily for me, I have an Italian grocery down the street…

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