For reasons I don’t care to get into in this blog, I found myself needing to use up bacon I had cooked. My first thought was, of course, grilled cheese. I don’t have much cheese in my fridge at this point. Some Dubliner, which doesn’t melt well. Not enough Tillamook Colby-Jack to make a good grilled cheese, a huge brick of Parmesan and blue cheese.
I often get blue cheese (and bacon) on a burger (whenever it’s an option), so I thought why not have the same flavors in a grilled cheese sandwich? I found a recipe that looked good on Martha Stewart’s website and decided to give it a try.
You can roast the tomatoes and cook the bacon in time to make this sandwich so that everything is hot. If you have pre-cooked bacon and pre-roasted tomatoes, don’t worry if they are cold. They’ll heat right back up again when you’re making this sandwich.
This recipe is for one sandwich but obviously do the math to make two or more sandwiches!
- 3 slices bacon, cooked
- 2 slices bread, your choice
- 2 T. sweet onion jam (I used Balsamic Sweet Onion Jam)
- blue cheese crumbles or sliced blue cheese (if you can find it)
- cherry tomatoes, roasted
One side of bread, spread 2 tablespoons onion jam. Butter the other side of the bread. Top the onion jam side of the bread with blue cheese. Set the bread down in a large pan, butter side down. Top with roasted tomatoes.
Butter one side of the other piece of bread and place in pan, butter side down. Top with blue cheese and bacon.
Cook over medium-low heat, covered, until golden brown on both sides and cheese has melted. Cut in halves or quarters, and serve hot.
This sandwich somehow seems to be messier than any other grilled cheese sandwich I’ve made. It also seemed to retain the heat much longer! Not sure if that happened or if I was trying to eat the sandwich too fast and my mind was playing tricks on me. The sweet onion jam is very complimentary to this sandwich. If you don’t have it or don’t want to use it, the sandwich will be fine without, I’m sure. But really, if you like onion, I urge you to get some onion jam to spread on your sandwich.