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'Wich of the Week: Mediterranean "PB&J"

'Wich of the Week: Mediterranean "PB&J"

When I opened my fridge the other day and saw fig preserves and almond butter, I thought, "that's like the Mediterranean equivalent of peanut butter and jelly!" Remembering that I also had a block of feta cheese, I took that glimmer of an idea and came up with something weirder: a Mediterranean-inspired marriage of a PB&J and a grilled cheese. I spread the fig jelly and almond butter on apple-walnut bread (though any sweet bread, such as cinnamon raisin, would do). Then, I added some crumbled feta and grilled it in a skillet coated with olive oil. I figured the flavor combination would either be totally gross or totally good, and thankfully, it was the latter. This 'Wich of the Week is at once creamy, nutty, salty, and sweet. If that sounds like your sort of sandwich, check out the recipe and more photos when you

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Mediterranean "PB&J"

Mediterranean "PB&J"

Mediterranean "PB&J"

Ingredients

2 slices apple-walnut, cinnamon-raisin, or other sweet bread
1 tablespoon fig preserves
1 tablespoon almond butter
1 ounce feta cheese, crumbled
1 tablespoon olive oil

Directions

  1. On one slice of bread, spread the fig preserves; on the other slice, spread the almond butter.
  2. Sprinkle the feta cheese on top of the fig preserves, and top with the remaining slice of almond buttered bread, closing to make a sandwich.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a skillet over low heat. Place the sandwich in the skillet and flip once to coat both sides with olive oil.
  4. Cook the sandwich for about 2-3 minutes per side, until bread is golden brown and cheese is melted.
  5. Cut in half and serve.

Makes 1 sandwich.


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kelcey1 kelcey1 4 years
This recipe looks odd, but fruit and cheese are great together (think apple pie and cheddar, cream cheese and jam). I think I would make my own fig jam by just simmering some dried figs, water and stevia, or even just using sliced fresh figs in season.
SugarFreak SugarFreak 7 years
Ok. So you had me until the whole feta cheese addition. BUT, with that said, I would give this a shot just because my mouth is so curious now!
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 7 years
I'd give it a shot, I think.
allinavhcnerf allinavhcnerf 7 years
it looks delicious!
cmill38 cmill38 7 years
I'll be trying this tomorrow!
Zulkey Zulkey 7 years
yum--I bet it might be a great tea sandwich (I think i'd have to justify the fancy butter, bread and spread by making it for a gathering0
garrick garrick 7 years
Hat tip! Sounds awesome!
juliex0x0 juliex0x0 7 years
this sounds so interesting, will definitely try it
gigill gigill 7 years
I don't even like the classic, never mind this combo!
Brooklynbee Brooklynbee 7 years
Oh, I love fig jam. It's good on sliced turkey, too. I will try this!
emsilees09 emsilees09 7 years
As a HUGE fan of pb&j sandwiches, I usually experiment with different combinations as well, some good, some not so good. This however, looks amazing! I will definitely be trying this!!
justanerd1975 justanerd1975 7 years
YUM-O! Gotta try it!!
ShePirate2010 ShePirate2010 7 years
i would for sure try it
seven7 seven7 7 years
I love almond butter and apricot jelly...now that is good stuff. I'm not too fond of figs, but at the point you added feta, you lost me completely
animatedpunk animatedpunk 7 years
yum, i'm curious =)
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 7 years
I'd try it.
WineUnleashed WineUnleashed 7 years
I actually have all the ingredients at home (except special bread)... will try tomorrow. Cheers, Angela
mondaymoos mondaymoos 7 years
I saw this one food network as a classic PB & J with cheese and people seemed to LOVE it. At first I was not interested... but it seems like this might be worth trying.
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 7 years
sounds interesting.
lisabunny lisabunny 7 years
I'd try it, I like nuts and fruit with my cheese, this is the same sort of concept
ntshlv ntshlv 7 years
oops! i meant look, not looked
ntshlv ntshlv 7 years
sorry, yum, but that does not looked good. you had me until you added feta to the mix... i mean, almond butter and cheese?? not for me...
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