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  • Baked Gruyère Sandwiches with Caramelized Onions & Fig Preserves
  • Jocelyn Ruggiero

Baked Gruyère Sandwiches with Caramelized Onions & Fig Preserves

Baked Gruyère Sandwiches with Caramelized Onions & Fig Preserves

This time of year, like everyone else, I crave "Fall Food." This twist on a grilled cheese sandwich is a favorite in my repertoire, and is hearty enough to enjoy at dinnertime.

Olive oil (1 tbs per onion)
Red onions, peeled and sliced thinly into rings
8-inch baguettes, sliced lengthwise
Gruyère cheese, shredded
Unsalted butter (1/2 tbs per sandwich)
Fig jam
*Approx ½ onion, 4 ounces cheese and 2 tbs jam per 8-inch sandwich


  • In a large oven-safe skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat for 5 minutes
  • Add onions, a pinch of salt and mix well with the olive oil
  • Reduce heat to low, periodically stirring (add more olive oil as needed)
  • Continue until onions are soft and caramelized, approximately 1 hour
  • Remove onions from skillet and set aside (Do not clean skillet)
  • Set the oven at 350 degrees
  • In the skillet over medium heat, melt the butter
  • Remove from heat
  • Coat the outside of each baguette with melted butter
  • For each sandwich, spread fig jam inside on one half, then cover with approx ½ cup caramelized onions
  • Place Gruyère on the other half
  • Leave sandwiches loosely open and place skillet in the oven
  • Cook 10 minutes, or until cheese is fully melted

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  • Jocelyn Ruggiero

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