Fig, Brie and Caramelised Onion Sandwich
Talking about this sandwich today is going to be tough. Thinking about those sticky caramelised onions and the sweetness of the figs against the creaminess of the brie makes my mouth water instantly but i’m fasting today, so I don’t want to think about it for too long. In my experience fasting is good for the soul. A kind of spiritual cleanse. So as much as I want to sink my teeth into this sandwich, I will instead imagine feeding my soul until dinner time, when I will wrap my chops around this beauty.
Pause… I wish I could do that every time my kids disturbed me, just so you could understand why I go off on random tangents. On the rare occasion that I am doing a post whilst they are around, I give them a really fun and well thought out activity to do. I generally do posts when the kids are asleep but some days things don’t quite work like that. So in the past five minutes, I have been disturbed 15 – 20 times. You may think this is an exaggeration but I can assure you it isn’t. Over the weekend I got them some balloons. You know the maHOOSIVE ones with the elastic at the end? Currently, I regret that decision. On the plus side, my daughter has popped hers by bouncing on it. One down. Except..It’s not really a plus because the fighting has begun and being a referee is definitely worse then being a teacher. There is something so exhausting about trying to mend relations between a 3 and 4 year old.
Back to dreaming about that sandwich.. In my world, any food that involves melting, oozing cheese and sweet, sticky onions is always a good thing. I made mine on sourdough but any bread is good as long as it holds well when toasted. (Therefore smaller slices are better here).
My husband works long hours over the weekend. From Friday afternoon he is pretty much gone till sunday afternoon with little sleep in between. I do see him for a dazed hour or two during the day, when i’m trying to get him to have a brew but generally we don’t see him much over this period. He does make an extra effort to try and make sunday special for the kids and then makes up for lost sleep on Monday evening. He is as can be expected, exhausted by Monday. I on the other hand, feel drained come Tuesday. All the pressure of keeping the kids entertained between Friday and Tuesday on my lonesome catches up with me. Although this isn’t always how our weekends go, it is more this way then not. Sunday also tends to be the day we catch up with shopping or chores that require a car, because I don’t yet have a car. So we squeeze in what we can on a sunday.
Anyway because of these random hours, our routines are out of sync and therefore when I’m having lunch, he is usually having breakfast before he goes back to work again. Anyway, that’s how this sandwich was born. Him wanting something more substantial then a slice of toast or weetabix one afternoon, before a 16 hours shift. I just happened to be making this sandwich one lunchtime and he came down so i decided to bulk it out to suit his need to stay fuller for longer. We had it with a brew, because you know..i always need an excuse to have one.
- 120g Brie – cut into 4 slices
- 1 Fig cut into thin slices
- 3 slices bread of your choice (I used sourdough)
- 1 large onion
- 20g butter
- 1 tbsp oil
- 40g dark brown sugar
- 70 ml red wine vinegar
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cut the onions into thick rounds (about half an inch thick).
- In a pan heat the butter and oil with the sugar. Allow to cook over a medium heat for 5 minutes. (Keep an eye on it!)
- Pop the onions into the pan side by side, in a single layer.
- Season and add the red wine vinegar and reduce the heat. Cover the pan and cook for 25 minutes checking at 15 minutes.
- Once the onions are ready, heat a separate pan over a low heat and add a slice of bread and heat for a minute. Set aside.
- Turn the heat off. Now add another slice of bread into the pan, add half the onions, then half the figs and half the cheese.
- Top with the pre heated bread.
- On this bread add the other half of the fillings as before and then the final piece of bread.
- Put the heat back on. Heat the sandwich for 2 minutes to colour and toast the bread and flip over.
- Heat for a further 2 minutes and remove from the pan.