Grilled Cheese with Tomato & Bacon Jam.

Behold, it’s National Sandwich Day!

This is how I wake up feeling on November 3.

This is how I wake up feeling on November 3.

To celebrate, I made some bacon jam.

And a new grilled cheese was born.

Grilled Cheese with Tomato & Bacon Jam
Makes 1 Sandwich

Melty goodness.

Melty goodness.

Ingredients:
Bacon Jam:
1/2 lb. good quality bacon, cut into lardons
1/2 yellow onion, diced
1 large clove garlic, minced
3/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup honey
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
salt
black pepper, freshly ground

Heat small saucepot over medium heat; add bacon; cook until crispy; remove with slotted spoon; drain all but 1 Tbsp. bacon drippings; reduce heat to low; add onion and garlic; sweat 6-7 minutes, until translucent; add remaining ingredients and bacon; bring to boil; reduce to simmer for 15 minutes or until thick (a jam-like consistency); season to taste; reserve.

Assembly:
2 slices country white bread
2 thick slices vine-ripened tomato
1 thick slice mild cheddar cheese
extra-virgin olive oil

On one slice of bread, layer 1-2 Tbsps. bacon jam, cheese, and tomato; close with second slice of bread; heat 2-3 Tbsps. olive oil in medium sauté pan over low to medium heat; add sandwich; slowly cook until bread turns golden brown and cheese begins to melt; flip; continue cooking until second side browns and cheese is completely melted; serve immediately.

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