Monday, May 1, 2017

Savory Grilled Cheese Sandwich

1 Granny Smith apple, cored and thinly sliced
5 Tablespoons butter, softened
8 slices crusty bread, from a loaf of sourdough, white, wheat or Italian bread
1/4 cup Bourbon Pear Onion Jam (Pick Your Jar Up At Bonnes Amies)
1/2 pound Black Forest ham
8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, sliced

Melt 1 Tablespoon butter in a heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add apple slices and sauté until golden on both sides, but still slightly firm. Remove from pan and set aside.
Spread butter on one side of the bread slices. Turn slices over and spread a thin layer of Maple Bacon Onion Jam or Bourbon Pear Onion Jam on each slice. Layer cheese, ham and apples on 4 slices and top with remaining slices of bread.
Cook sandwiches over medium heat until the cheese melts and the sandwich is golden brown on both sides. Add more butter to the pan if needed.
When onions are slowly cooked the sugars in them caramelize to produce a unique, refined and delicious flavor. We combined that savory taste with the sweetness of ripe, juicy pears, added a splash of bourbon and a little spice to create this wonderful flavor combination.