This Fig Jam and Smoked Gouda Grilled Cheese is a sophisticated take on a childhood favorite. With a sweet and smoky flavor profile and and crunchy and creamy texture, this sandwich is definitely awesome.
I like things simple but awesome. Like a perfectly cooked cheeseburger or a well cut black blazer, I think the most beautiful things have a combination of simplicity and attention to detail. Or something familiar with something elevated to sort of make you rethink your whole experience.
In the kitchen, I love a classic dish with a slightly surprising ingredient or a new way to eat something you've taken for granted. The best dishes have a juxtaposition of flavor and texture as well as a familiar but also surprising energy. It keeps you on your toes. Experiencing new things in a familiar setting is a great way to break through the fear barrier.
What makes Fig Jam and Smoked Gouda Grilled Cheese so awesome?
This Fig Jam and Smoked Gouda Grilled Cheese definitely meets the criteria of familiar but surprising. It also ticks the contrast boxes. We've got sweet and smoky, crunchy, and creamy, and familiar and new. This is not your white bread and Velveeta situation that you knew as a kid. This is a sophisticated grilled cheese masterpiece, kids.
I think this would make a delightful lunch or light dinner with a crisp salad or a bowl of soup. And when was the last time you served grilled cheese to a guest? Turns out, they freakin' love it. Keep it super simple and rustic, or get real fancy and make soup shots and grilled cheese dippers. Whatever floats your boat.
Magical Properties of Figs
Just by looking at the inside of a fig, you know it's gonna be used in spells for seduction, fertility, and abundance. Considered by many to be the tree of life, the leaves were used in a form of divination known as sycomancy. Write your query or request on a fig leaf and observe the leaf's decay rate. If it shrivels and dries quickly, it's a bad omen. If the leaf stays fresh and green for a long time, you've got good energy on your side. You could also use this technique to help you make a decision by using a different leaf for each option and observing their progress. (Source: The Element Encyclopedia of 5000 Spells by Judika Illes)
For more on the magical properties of the ingredients in this recipe, check the Kitchen Magick page.
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When you're ready for something familiar by surprising, be sure to try this Fig Jam and Smoked Gouda Grilled Cheese.