This Fig, Bacon & Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese recipe is the ultimate combination! Sweet fresh figs (or fig jam!), crispy bacon, jammy and balsamic caramelized onions all layered between slices of sourdough. Sweet, salty and so delicious!
If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know I post mainly healthier recipes, but the other day I was just craving something decadent. Maybe it’s the start of chillier fall weather or the sight of those beautiful fresh figs at the farmers market… who knows but I will tell you this Fig, Bacon and Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese really hit the spot.
I like to think of it as an “adult grilled cheese” because it really puts a gourmet spin on a simple classic. As fancy as it sounds though this grilled cheese with figs actually only requires a few simple ingredients.
Ingredients in Fig Grilled Cheese
- Fresh figs: my favorite fig variety are black mission figs. Peak fig season in the western hemisphere is late summer through early fall. If you are not able to find fresh figs, you can absolutely make this grilled cheese with fig jam or preserves!
- Onion: I recommend a sweet variety, such as vidalia
- Balsamic vinegar
- Thyme: fresh or dried
- Cheese: use your favorite cheese here. I used non-dairy shreds.
- Sourdough: I like the sturdiness and tang of sourdough bread but feel free to use your favorite!
How to make a Fig, Bacon & Caramelized Onion Grilled Cheese
Start by cooking the bacon in a skillet until nice and crisp. I like to start my bacon in a cold pan and cook it slowly over medium-low heat to allow the fat to render.
Transfer the bacon to a plate and discard the fat, leaving about 2-3 tbsp in the pan. No need to measure, just enough to coat the bottom of the skillet. Add your onions and cook those down until they’re a deep golden brown. Add in the balsamic, thyme and honey and allow the sugars to caramelize even further.
Caramelizing onions is a very simple, but somewhat slow process. You can’t really fast-track it, so just keep stirring and I promise the result is worth it! You’ll probably need to add a few splashes of water to the pan towards the end of cooking so you end up with something like the jammy onions shown above.
And then it’s time to build! Optionally spread a thin layer of butter or mayonnaise on either slice of bread and layer up each grilled cheese with all the components.
Cook each sandwich for about 3-4 minutes per side or until the cheese is melted and a nice golden crust has formed. These grilled cheese sandwiches will be pretty fat so make sure you keep the heat down so exterior doesn’t burn before the cheese has a chance to melt completely.