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Grilled Cheese with Bacon-Onion Jam

609 Grilled Cheese with Bacon Onion Jam
How could you make a grilled cheese any better??! Bacon-Onion Jam that's how!
skill level
Moderate
time
60-120min
servings
4
cost
$
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How could you make a grilled cheese any better??! Bacon-Onion Jam that's how!
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ingredients
  • Grilled Cheese
  • 8 Slices; Texas Toast (or other thick-sliced white bread)
  • 8 tablespoons Unsalted Butter (softened)
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Bacon-Onion Jam (recipe follows)
  • 1 cup Parmesan Cheese (finely grated)
  • 2 cups Sharp Cheddar Cheese (grated)
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  • Bacon-Onion Jam
  • 1/2 pound Bacon
  • 2 Yellow Onions (sliced)
  • 3 Garlic Cloves (minced)
  • 2 Sprigs Thyme (leaves only)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Mustard Seeds
  • 1/4 cup Beer/Water
  • 1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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  • 1
    8 Slices; Texas Toast (or other thick-sliced white bread)
    8 tablespoons Unsalted Butter (softened)
    For Grilled Cheese: Spread each slice of Bread on both sides with Butter. Arrange four slices in a large skillet and cook over medium heat until light golden, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • 2
    1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese
    Sprinkle the slices with 1/2 cup of Parmesan and press it in gently so it doesn’t fall off. Using a spatula, flip over all of the Bread.
  • 3
    Dijon Mustard
    Bacon-Onion Jam
    1 cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese (grated)
    On the toasted side of the Bread, spread a thin layer of Dijon Mustard on 2 pieces and the Bacon-Onion Jam on the other 2. Sprinkle all of the Bread with 1 cup of the Cheddar and cook until it begins to melt and the Parmesan on the other side begins to brown and crisp, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • 4
    Once the Cheddar is melted, turn 2 of the Dijon slices onto the other two slices containing the Jam and press together in to a sandwich. Transfer to a cutting board and repeat with remaining ingredients for another 2 sandwiches.
  • 5
    Allow sandwiches to rest about 2 minutes, then cut in half and serve.
  • 6
    1/2 pound Bacon
    For Bacon-Onion Jam: In a large non-reactive saucepan over medium heat, render Bacon until crispy, about 10 minutes. Remove Bacon and set aside. 
  • 7
    2 Yellow Onions (sliced)
    rendered Bacon Fat
    Salt
    Add Onions to Bacon fat and cook over low heat with a large pinch of Salt for 12-15 minutes or until caramelized, stirring occasionally. When Onions are caramelized, pour off any excess fat.
  • 8
    3 Garlic Cloves (minced)
    2 Sprigs Thyme (leaves only)
    Salt & Pepper to taste
    1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
    2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
    1 tablespoon Mustard Seeds
    1/4 cup Beer/Water
    1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
    Add remaining ingredients to the pan and simmer until liquid is reduced by 2/3rds and looks “Jam-like”.
  • 9
    crisped Bacon
    Remove from heat and fold in Bacon.

    Helpful Tips:
    1. Render bacon until nice and crisp, leaving the fat in the saucepan to use as part of the “jam-like” liquid for later.
    2. The jam works great in eggs, or on a burger.
    3. Pressing the bread onto the  grated parmesan reggiano and then placing in the pan will make a crunchy outer layer.
    4. If required a lid can be put on the sandwich to melt the cheese.

 
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