It’s finally that time of year again, the fig season has begun! Wuuuhu! What could be better than fresh figs, with their soft, juicy flesh and aromatic mild sweetness? And that’s why you should enjoy the fig season, which is hands down way to short, to it’s fullest, am I right? So today I have a quick and healthy recipe with figs for you: a cheesy fresh fig sandwich with ham, arugula and mustard. Which of course shall not be missing on such a delicious fresh fig sandwich! Oh dear, just thinking about it makes my mouth water again. So without futher ado let’s dive right in and I’ll tell you how easy it is to make this delicious and healthy sandwich!Jump to Recipe Jump to Video
Fresh figs are back in season!
There really aren’t many things better than fresh figs! Their wonderful mild sweetness and juicy flesh are beyond words. And on top of that, figs are probably the most beautiful fruit in the world. Don’t you think so? But where do they actually come from? Figs originally come from Middle Eastern countries. But nowadays they are also grown in Turkey, the Mediterranean region, Brazil, Israel or South Africa. And in late summer and early fall, the time has finally come. The ripe fresh figs are available at our grocery store – at least here where I live.
But figs are not only a delicious delicacy. They are also really healthy. Besides a lot of fiber, figs also contain a lot of vitamin E, which helps to defend against free radicals and cell-damaging substances. Figs also provide plenty of iron, potassium and calcium. And as is the case with so many fruits, the skin of the fig also contains quite a lot of valuable ingredients and is especially high in fiber. So if you’ve ever wondered if you can eat the skin of the fig, the answer is yes. Just wash the fig thoroughly and cut off the stalk heels. Then you can cut them into wedges or slices and eat them directly with the skin on.
fresh figs – here’s what you need to know
You can buy the really good, juicy and aromatic figs in German supermarkets from mid to late August. They usually come from the Mediterranean region and Turkey. I’m sure the same applies to other central european countries.
Fresh figs are extremely healthy. Besides a lot of fiber, they also contain plenty of vitamin E, with which we can protect our cells from cell-damaging substances. Furthermore, fresh figs contain plenty of calcium, potassium, iron and zinc.
Absolutely! The skin is not only edible, but also very rich in fiber. And as with most fruits, it also contains much of the valuable ingredients that make figs so healthy. Simply wash your fig thoroughly with water and then remove the stalk heels. Then you can cut them into slices or wedges and enjoy. If the skin is too thick or hard, you can also remove it. Simply quarter the fruit and then carefully scoop out the flesh with a spoon.
How to prepare fresh figs?
Figs go well with both sweet and savory dishes. On the one hand, they are the perfect topping on porridge or your morning Overnight Oats. But added to a bowl of muesli or simply with some yogurt, walnuts and honey, they taste awesome as well. However, figs also go so incredibly well with savory dishes. If you’ve ever had a cheese plate with figs on it, you know what I mean. Besides that, they also taste great in salads. Decorate your salad with a few fig slices and it will get to a complete different level.
And if you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ll also know that figs also go perfectly with pasta. In my fig pasta recipe I show you a quick pasta dish with fresh figs, nuts, cauliflower and tuna. I know it sounds fancy, but it tastes amazing. You can probably already tell that I think figs just make everything better. And that’s why they can turn even a regular ham and cheese sandwich, into an amazing quick and healthy sandwich. How that goes, I’ll show you right now.
fresh fig sandwich with cheese and ham
You only need a few ingredients for this delicious fig sandwich recipe. First, you’ll need two slices of fresh bread. Anything goes here, of course, but as usual, I recommend whole wheat bread. It contains more fiber and keeps you full longer. Next, you need some butter. You can either choose a lower calorie butter substitute, like I did, or just regular butter. You also need a teaspoon of Dijon mustard and some fat reduced cream cheese for this fresh fig sandwich.
Furthermore we need some low-fat ham. I like to use the turkey or chicken ham from a brand called Finesse. (Advertised without commission) We also need one slice of cheese per sandwich. I like Emmental cheese here, but Tilsiter or another mountain cheese will work as well. And last but not least, we need some fresh arugula and of course a fresh, juicy fig.
Healthy fig sandwich recipe – this is how it’s done
First, butter both slices of bread thinly on one side. You really only need a very small amount of butter for this. Because these two sides will later become the outside of our fig sandwich. Therefore, the butter is only needed to fry the sandwich well in a frying pan or your panini press grill later on.
Next, turn both slices over so that the buttered side is now facing down. Then spread one side with about a teaspoon of Dijon mustard. Spread a thin layer of cream cheese on the other bread. Next, place the ham on the side with the mustard, and layer the cheese on top of the cream cheese side. Next, thoroughly wash and drain the arugula and fig. Then cut the fig into thin slices and spread them on the ham. Place the arugula on one of both slices and fold both bread slices together.
Finally, all that’ s left to do is to fry the sandwich. For this you can either put it for three, to four minutes in a panini press grill, if you have one on hand. Otherwise, you can also fry it in a pan. Just let the bread get nicely crispy on both sides over medium heat. When the melted cheese appears on the edge, the fig sandwich is ready to go.
fresh fig sandwich – a five minute feast
I’m really not exaggerating when I say that this fresh fig sandwich is the best sandwich I’ve ever had. The spicy Dijon mustard, sweet fresh figs, salty prosciutto and melted cheese just complement each other perfectly. And then there is the fresh arugula, which brings the perfect balance with its slight bitterness. And, of course, the whole thing is packed between two crusty, warm slices of bread! I promise you, this cheese fig sandwich is truly a pleasure to eat.
So don’t miss out on this healthy culinary highlight and try it while fresh figs are still available. And I hope you’re already as excited about the first fall recipes as I am. Because even though I hate the thought of summer being over already, I’m so excited for fall recipes. So you better get ready for some pumpkin, mushroom, or apple goodness to come along soon.
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Healthy Fresh Fig Sandwich with Cheese
- panini press grill or one frying pan
- Cutting board, butter knife
- 2 slices whole wheat bread
- 8 g butter or lower calorie butter substitute (~1 tsp)
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard (spicy mustard)
- 15 g fat reduced cream cheese (~0.5 oz / 0.5 tbsp)
- 30 g low fat ham e.g. turkey or chicken ham (~1 oz)
- 1 slice Emmental cheese alternatively Tilsiter, mountain cheese or some fat reduced alternative
- 1 fresh fig
- 1 handfull fresh arugula
- Spread both breads thinly with butter on one side, turn over and spread one slice with mustard, the other with cream cheese. Now place ham on the mustard slice, Emmental cheese on the other.
- Wash fig and arugula thoroughly and drain well. Cut away stem ends of fig and cut the fruit into thin slices, arrange them on top of the ham. Place the arugula on top and fold both slices of bread on top of each other.
- Next, fry the sandwich in a preheated panini press grill for three to four minutes. Alternatively, fry in coated pan over medium heat for two to three minutes on each side until it's crispy on the outside and the cheese is melted.
- calories: 421 kcal
- fat: 14 g
- carbohydrates: 46 g
- protein: 21 g