YieldsMakes 2 sandwiches
AuthorHeather Augello, San Diego,
Time: 25 minutes. The flavors of a good a cheese plate--salty, sweet, nutty--mingle in this sandwich. We loved its hazelnut crust, and also enjoyed the sandwich just as much with ripe teleme cheese from California.

How to Make It

Step 1
1

In a food processor, pulse hazelnuts with rosemary until finely ground (be careful not to make a paste). Pour onto a plate.

Step 2
2

Brush 1 side of each bread slice with oil and press it into nut mixture.

Step 3
3

Spread uncoated side of 2 of the slices with fig spread. Top with cheese and second bread slices, nut-crusted side out.

Step 4
4

Melt butter in a large nonstick frying pan over medium heat. Add sandwiches and cook, turning once, until golden brown and cheese is melted, about 8 minutes.

Step 5
5

*Heather Auguello likes the Dalmatia Fig Spread from Whole Foods Market; it's also available by mail order from dalmatiaimports.com.

Step 6
6

Note: Nutritional analysis is per sandwich.

Ingredients

 1/4 cup hazelnuts
 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary leaves
 4 freshly cut thin slices rustic white bread
 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
 2 tablespoons fig spread*
 4 slices port salut cheese
 1 tablespoon butter

Directions

Step 1
1

In a food processor, pulse hazelnuts with rosemary until finely ground (be careful not to make a paste). Pour onto a plate.

Step 2
2

Brush 1 side of each bread slice with oil and press it into nut mixture.

Step 3
3

Spread uncoated side of 2 of the slices with fig spread. Top with cheese and second bread slices, nut-crusted side out.

Step 4
4

Melt butter in a large nonstick frying pan over medium heat. Add sandwiches and cook, turning once, until golden brown and cheese is melted, about 8 minutes.

Step 5
5

*Heather Auguello likes the Dalmatia Fig Spread from Whole Foods Market; it's also available by mail order from dalmatiaimports.com.

Step 6
6

Note: Nutritional analysis is per sandwich.

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