Caramelized Onions, Figs and Goat Cheese Panini

Caramelized onions, figs and goat cheese panini…messy good!  I thought I was using up the last of my fresh figs only to find more  at Trader Joe’s today… guess I’m not done yet with my fig craze!

This quick panini was so tasty, both savory and sweet in each delicious bite.  If you’re not wanting to have a full panini, i.e., two slices of bread for all of you carb watchers, I made this again the next day simply layering on one grilled slice of ciabatta,  more like an open-faced sandwich or bruschetta.  It made a great appetizer.

Ciabatta is a good choice but any rustic, hearty bread would be perfect.  I prefer to slip in the arugula after the panini is grilled as I don’t like to have the arugula all wilty but more as a fresh crisp bite.  For the open- faced version, the arugula was added as the last top layer along with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar.

Caramelized Onions, Figs and Goat Cheese Panini

1 medium onion, sliced thinly

1 cup sliced fresh figs, about 6-8 depending on size

1-2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

4 slices rustic bread, 1/2 inch thick

2-3 tablespoons goat cheese

Handlful of arugula

To caramelize the onions and figs:  In a medium size skillet, heat the olive oil and gently cook the onions, kosher salt, pepper and oregano until soft and caramelizing.  Stirring often, the caramelization should take about 15-20 minutes.  When almost done, add in the figs and balsalmic vinegar.  Stir gently to not completely break down the figs but allow the balsamic vinegar to bubble up and thicken slightly.  Remove from heat and set aside.

To assemble the panini:  Place one slice of bread on a grill pan.  Smear on the goat cheese and then layer with the caramelized onions and figs.  Place the second bread on top and grill until bread is toasted nicely.  Remove and open quickly to slip in the arugula.  Slice and serve.  Makes two paninis.


36 thoughts on “Caramelized Onions, Figs and Goat Cheese Panini

  1. Oh my goodness Linda! Now I have to find more figs! This looks incredible. I can just imagine the sweet onions and figs with the salty goat cheese and the peppery arugula. And how great is that – it makes two meals! Now if I could just get the kids to like figs we’d be all set. 😉 I hope you’re having a great weekend!

    1. I loved this combination so much I have had it several times already! I think you’d really like it. My son wasn’t interested in the combo but I know if he had tried it, he’d have changed his mind !

      1. I watched Modern Family last week and one of the girls was going to college. The parents were driving away looking sad and I burst into tears?! I can’t believe I am missing him one year early. I am really crazy. This sweet reply made me think of what I’ll be saying next year.

  2. Late to the party, Linda, and I’m sorry. I’m still trying to catch up after a week away.
    Love the sound — and look — of this. Mixing figs with caramelized onions is such a great idea! But why stop there? You sure didn’t and added goat cheese. Heating the entire thing, further blending the flavors … well, I’m salivating here. My dinner of leftover pizza wasn’t a good idea to begin with. Now it’s just sad in comparison.

  3. I must make one of these soon! I am really loving the figs around here too lately and have been adding them to salads and pizzas, but a panini…I had not thought of this! You are a genius! Your sandwiches always do look incredibly yummy. Love the goat cheese too. You are definitely my foodie soul mate! 🙂 Your flavors are always something I would either whip up or just gobble down.

    1. I had just left a reply to John on how I made a pizza with these same ingredients and theN I see your comment. I like how the figs just melt in adding their sweet and unique flavor. So funny Geni, I’ve been looking for my soulmate and now I at least have a foodie soulmate!

  4. Oh my gosh this looks incredible!! I can’t stop staring at the photo. Not even kidding. The bread is toasted to perfection, and all of the flavors are perfect together. YUM!

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