• Nikki Glekas

Fig and Brie Panini


Paninis are hot toasted Italian-style sandwiches. I love making them in the winter because they are a great way to have a hot meal without a lot of effort. For parties I’ll often make several paninis and slice them into small pieces that are easy for people to pick up and eat in one or two bites. They are always very popular when served this way!

For this panini I’m using fig jam and brie as they two main flavors. Then I’m layering in salty prosciutto, arugula and balsamic glaze to round it out. I made four at once in an assembly line and toasted them all on the stovetop grill pan. This method is so efficient and I like being able to slice them for guests while the cheese is still piping hot and melted.


When you make a panini, I recommend you choose two main flavors to make up the sandwich, then build from there. Other paninis I’ve made and loved are Tomato Basil Mozzarella, Swiss & Ham, Goat Cheese & Prosciutto, and Salami & Cheddar. There is no way to go wrong!


Have fun serving your delicious toasted sandwiches this winter!


Fig and Brie Panini


One of my favorite catering tips for people is to make large toasted sandwiches and cut them into bite size pieces to serve as finger foods. It’s a really easy way to feed a crowd without a ton of effort. This panini is a favorite of our catering customers, we also serve it at one of our cafes with a nice salad on the side.


Make 4 paninis


  • 4 6-inches loaves Ciabatta Bread

  • 8 tablespoons fig spread

  • 8 ounces brie

  • 8 slices prosciutto

  • 4 handfuls arugula

  • Balsamic Glaze for drizzling


  1. Halve the loaves of brie and assemble each sandwich.

  2. Spread 2 tablespoons of fig spread on each loaf.

  3. Top the fig with 2 slices of brie.

  4. Layer the 2 slices of prosciutto over the brie.

  5. Top the brief with handfuls of arugula, and lightly drizzle with the balsamic glaze. Close each sandwich.

  6. Bring a grill pan or panini press to medium-high heat.

  7. Place a sandwich on the grill pan or panini press. If it’s on a grill pan, use something heavy to press it down. Cook the sandwich until the bread is toasted and the brie is melted. This usually means toasting each side for about 5-6 minutes. Watch them carefully so they don’t burn.

  8. Remove the sandwich to a cutting board and slice into desired sizes to serve.








Nikki Glekas is the owner of Nikki Glekas Events, a full-service catering and events company located in Stamford, CT. She is currently operating with COVID-safe procedures and is happy to discuss your event and catering needs with you. To discuss further please contact team@nikkiglekasevents.com or call 203.658.8659.

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