Prosciutto and Goat Cheese Panini

So, I mentioned I’ve been budgeting a bit better lately.  In order to do so, I’ve been researching dinners that cost under $10 for 2 people. The problem is, I try to keep my calorie count low while still staying under budget.  THIS is the first recipe I’ve come up with that fits the bill.   Yes, it’s a little higher in calorie content due to the sourdough bread.  But still, it’s not so bad.   You can use more or less prosciutto, depending on whether or not you are counting calories…it’s up to you!


From Nom Nom Bombshells | Main Dishes | American


High cal Calories 497kcal

High fat Total Fat 18g

High sat-fat Saturated Fat 7g

chol Cholesterol 30mg

High sodium Sodium 745mg

High carbs Total Carbohydrate 71g

Serving size 275g Calories from fat 164kcal Fiber 6g Protein 14g Sugar 30g
2 servings


  • 4 pieces sourdough bread
  • 2 pieces prosciutto
  • 2 T goat cheese
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 6 figs
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard


  1. Lay out your 4 pieces of bread. You will use two per sandwich, of course.
  2. Slice your prosciutto into pieces and divide the pieces up between the 4 slices of bread. Putting the prosciutto on the bread will ensure that it gets cooked nice and crispy.
  3. Smear the goat cheese on two pieces of the prosciutto covered bread.
  4. Cut up your figs and divide them between the two sandwiches, placing the pieces on top of the cheese.
  5. Drizzle the honey and dijon mustard on top of the figs and close up the sandwiches.
  6. Spray all 4 pieces of bread with olive oil (I use my misto and love it).
  7. Cook on a skillet heated to medium for about 4 minutes per side.

It was inspired by the Pigs N’ Figs sandwich I enjoyed from American Meltdown at the Durham Food Truck Rodeo.  They used speck, which is a fatty part of the pig, higher in calorie count than prosciutto and harder to find.  I had never had speck before that day, and LOVED IT.  That was a splurge calorie day.

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You can see how delicious this looks…man.  It was delightful.  Some of the other low calorie tricks I used – instead of butter, I used olive oil from my misto sprayer.  It’s about 10 calories per 2 second spray.  Not too shabby.

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I served the sandwiches with a side of kale chips (recipe has already been posted).  Not only was this meal inexpensive, it took me a total of about 30 minutes to make.  So easy!

Here’s the breakdown…sourdough bread (loaf $4.00), prosciutto (3 pieces cost me $1.80), goat cheese (4 oz $5.99), dried figs (1 pkg $3.99), kale (1 lb $.99).  Total grocery bill, considering I already had mustard and honey at home, was $17 BUT if you look at cost/use  my total cost for the meal was $6.00.  Amazing!!! And we were both very full afterwords.

If you think this recipe sounds good, PLEASE make sure to check out American Meltdown.  I was so incredibly inspired by their amazing food.  I can’t wait for the next rodeo so that I can enjoy another of their amazing sounding creations.

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