As an experiment I've decided to eliminate mayonnaise from the fridge (It's not so good for me, I could make it on my own in a couple of minutes if I needed too) so, I've been looking around for some new things to spread on a sandwich.
I came across this, I was pretty skeptical at first 1. Because it was originally published in SELF magazine. In a fit of insanity I ordered a subscription to this rag last fall and I have learned to hate it. 2. Because olives and figs together just didn't sound so tasty.
I never used fig preserves before.
I made it and let it sit overnight, to ripen. Here is the recipe and the sandwich I made with it:
Smoked Turkey and Cheddar with Fig and Olive Spread
2 tbs. fig preserves
4 tsp cider vinegar
4 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1 small clove garlic, peeled and minced
2 tbsp finely chopped kalamata olives
8 oz smoked turkey breast, thinly sliced
4 oz sharp cheddar, thinly sliced
8 thin slices tomato
8 thin slices red onion
boston bib lettuce
Combine preserves, vinegar, oil, mustard, garlic, olives, and a pinch of salt and pepper. I used a tiny food processor/blender. Spread onto top and the bottom of split loaf. Layer lettuce, onions, tomatoes, turkey then cheese.
Here is an alt sandwich to try:
Creamy Fig and Olive Grilled Ham (or Turkey) Sandwich
turkey or ham
sliced farmers bread of a very hearty sliced whole grain
butter, pam or olive oil.
Spread layer of cream cheese on one side of one slice of bread, then turkey or hame, then swiss, then spread the fig/olive spread on the other slice, make sandwich, grill on med. until swiss cheese is melted.
Amazingly tasty. It is important to use a very crusty bread for the first sandwich. I've been thinking about this sandwich for 24 hours now. I miss it. I want another.
[ciabatta] [fig and olive] [sandwich]