April 12th is National Grilled Cheese Day, and I don’t think it should be celebrated without BACON!
I love making grilled cheese. There are so many combinations you can make with grilled cheese. Most importantly, you can make delicious things to go on a grilled cheese!
First I want to share with you some of my favorite grilled cheese combinations. Then I will share the BEST THING EVER to put on ANY grilled cheese!
Grilled Cheese Combinations & Tips:
First things first. Consider your grilled cheese combinations and the bread that pairs best. I love sourdough with just about any grilled cheese, but don’t be afraid to try rye, or a delicious savory flavored bread like garlic herb.
Next. BUTTER. BUTTER. BUTTER! Slather butter all over the outside of your bread. You will thank me later!
Fruity: Apples, Brie, and Cheddar
Classic: Cheddar, Gouda, and Fontina
Italian: Provolone, Prosciutto, Basil, Tomato
Sweet & Savory: Bacon Jam, Cheddar, Gouda
Yep–you read that right. BACON JAM! This sweet, salty, flavor explosion is a real thing, and couldn’t pair better with grilled cheese. I mean who doesn’t love bacon, and what a fun way to get it on a grilled cheese sandwich! Make this amazingness and give it a whirl. I promise you will love it on grilled cheese, among several other things.
1 lb bacon chopped
3 onions chopped
2 cloves garlic minced
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup maple syurp
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp stone ground mustard
Heat a large skillet to medium high heat. Add chopped bacon and render until browned. Bacon should be fully cooked. Remove bacon from skillet and drain oil while leaving 1 tbs in pan. Add chopped onion and garlic to pan and sauté until tender. Onions should be translucent. Add vinegar to the pan and be sure to scrape up all of the yummy bacon and onion bits off the bottom of the pan. Add water, brown sugar, and maple syrup. Stir all ingredients and let mixture come to a bubble. Add in mustard. Reduce jam mixture to low heat and let cook for approx 1 hour. Mixture should be a jam like consistency.
The deliciousness can be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated for up to 2 weeks. Eat it on biscuits, toast, or pancakes. Use it as a condiment on a burger or sandwich and most importantly, grilled cheese!
Have fun with your grilled cheese. Try new things, and most of all–be generous with the CHEESE!
Happy National Grilled Cheese Day!
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