Grilled Cheese with Bacon-Onion Jam

Michael Symon
Servings: 4
1 to 2 hr
Part 1 of 2

How could you make a grilled cheese any better??! Bacon-Onion Jam that's how!

  • Ingredients
  • step-by-step directions
Grilled Cheese with Bacon-Onion Jam
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Allow sandwiches to rest about 2 minutes, then cut in half and serve.
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Add remaining ingredients to the pan and simmer until liquid is reduced by 2/3rds and looks “Jam-like”.
  • Remove from heat and fold in Bacon.
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