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Playing Grilled Cheese Bar: The BLT and Cheddar


For the Bacon and Tomato Jam
  • 4 slices smoky bacon, baked at 350 to crisp on slotted pan, finely chopped
  • 8 Roma tomatoes, peeled and seeded, chopped
  • Salt and coarse black pepper
  • 2 small cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic or red wine vinegar
  • About 2 tablespoons sugar
For the sammies
  • Sliced country white or sourdough bread
  • Softened butter
  • Tomato and Bacon Jam
  • Crisp smoky bacon, 3 slices per sandwich
  • Beefsteak or vine tomatoes, sliced inch thick, 2 slices per sandwich
  • Chopped chives or thinly sliced shallots
  • Watercress
  • Super sharp white cheddar cheese, sliced, 3 ounces or so per sammy


For the Bacon and Tomato Jam: Heat tomatoes, bacon, salt, pepper, garlic, vinegar, and sugar over medium-high heat until they bubble up. Reduce heat and cook jam over medium-low heat about 30 minutes until thick.

For the sammies: Butter one side of sliced bread and build sandwiches with buttered sides facing out. Spread sandwiches with jam on one side and stack up bacon, tomatoes, chives or shallots, cheese and set top into place. Heat a skillet over medium heat and cover with foil. Cook to deep golden, 7-8 minutes, turning occasionally and pressing sandwich as it cooks.