September 19, 2011 12:00 PM

Jeff Mauro’s GOURMET SANDWICH

The reigning champ of the Food Network shares one of his favorite recipes-a sweet, salty and easy-to-make dish that’s ‘great for a weekend lunch,’ he says

MORTADELLA AND FIG SANDWICH

Makes 4 sandwiches

2 cups dried, chopped figs

1 cup water

¾ cups balsamic vinegar

1 tsp. sugar

4 ciabatta rolls (or four squares focaccia bread)

8 oz. Italian sharp cheese, such as Fontinella or Asiago, sliced

¾ lb. mortadella, thinly sliced

Olive oil, for brushing

1. Combine figs, 1 cup water, vinegar and sugar in a small pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15 to 20 minutes. Cool 15 minutes.

2. Puree in a food processor or blender until smooth, 20 to 30 seconds.

3. Preheat a griddle or heavy skillet over medium-low heat. Slice 1 piece bread in half, thickness-wise.

4. Place 1 tbsp. fig spread on each half of bread.

5. Layer cheese and mortadella on bottom half of each sandwich.

6. Top with other slice of bread and lightly brush with olive oil.

7. Cook until golden and cheese is slightly melted, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Serve.

Mauro’s show, Sandwich King, airs Sundays at 11:30 a.m. ET on the Food Network.

Food Trend

FANCY KETCHUP

Celeb hot spots and top chefs are putting a flavorful spin on the classic condiment

JACK DANIEL’S MAPLE KETCHUP

Makes 4 cups

2 tbsp. olive oil

1 onion, chopped

5 cloves chopped garlic

1 cup Coca-Cola

½ cup apple cider vinegar

¾ cup Worcestershire sauce

2 tsp. kosher salt

2 tsp. ground black pepper

2 (6-oz.) cans tomato paste

1 cup whole canned tomatoes (without juice)

1 ½ cups packed brown sugar

¼ cup Jack Daniel’s whiskey

1. Heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Saute onions, stirring often, until translucent, 8 minutes.

2. Add garlic and cook 2 minutes. Add cola, vinegar, Worcestershire, salt and pepper; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and boil until reduced by half, 10 to 12 minutes.

3. Add tomato paste, tomatoes, brown sugar and whiskey; return to a boil and cook, stirring, until slightly thickened, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat, cool slightly and puree in blender until smooth.

CARIBBEAN PINK GUAVA

Ketchup “People want new flavors,” says ex-Top Chef contestant Dave Martin, who doles out this exotic blend from N.Y.C. food truck the Frying Dutchmen.

BANANA KETCHUP

Feel like adding a tropical twist to your burgers, hot dogs or fries? Baron Banana Ketchup is available on amazon.com.

JACK DANIEL’S MAPLE KETCHUP

Nashville’s Burger Up-where Reese Witherspoon recently dined-uses this whiskey-spiked recipe on its Woodstock burger.

SPRING ROLL SAUCE

This condiment combo (ketchup, mustard and hot sauce are in the mix) is served at N.Y.C.’s Delicatessen, where Real Housewife Kelly Bensimon had a fight with costar Alex McCord last season.

BLACKBERRY KETCHUP

The award-winning chef Jose Andres makes ketchups flavored with everything from cherries to oysters at his American Eats Tavern in Washington, D.C.

Modern Family goes to JACKSON HOLE

The ABC comedy saddles up for its Sept. 21 season premiere with a trip to the Wyoming vacation destination

1. LOST CREEK RANCH

The show’s episode-which was shot at this 55-acre dude ranch located at the base of the Grand Teton mountains-gave star Rico Rodriguez, 13, the chance to experience a new adventure. “I went horseback riding for the first time,” says Rodriguez, who plays Manny. “But my horse didn’t want to do much except eat grass.” Info: lostcreek.com

2. MILLION DOLLAR COWBOY BAR

When filming wrapped for the day, the adult cast members would gather at this modern-day saloon, which has hosted country legends such as Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings. “The bar stools are made of saddles,” says producer Brad Walsh. “And there was a fantastic live band.” Info: milliondollar cowboybar.com

3. SNOW KING RESORT

The Family crew couldn’t get over the Jackson Hole scenery. “I was blown away by how gorgeous it is,” says producer Paul Corrigan. But for Rodriguez, the best part of the entire trip was this resort’s 2,500-ft.-long Alpine Slide. “It was so fun I didn’t want to leave,” he says. “I spent my whole day off on the slide.” Info: snowking.com

GET A TASTE OF JACKSON HOLE

A bottle of huckleberry-flavored honey from a popular Jackson Hole emporium. $5.95; jackson tradingco.com

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