Taste of Home; Comfort Food with a Modern Twist- 2nd Prize!

Taste of Home; Comfort Food with a Modern Twist- 2nd Prize!

Gruyere Grilled Cheese with Date-Bacon Jam

  • bacon cut into ½” pieces
  • 1 large sweet onion finely chopped
  • garlic minced
  • dates-chopped
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper


  • ½ cup shredded gruyere cheese
  • ½ cup spreadable brie cheese
  • 8 slices sourdough bread cut into ½” slices
  • Butter for spreading


  • Heat a heavy skillet or pot over medium heat and add bacon. Cook until crisp. Remove from pot, place on a paper towel set aside.
  • Pour remaining bacon grease into a jar or clean metal can.
  • Add 2 tablespoons of reserved bacon grease to pot, add onion and garlic. Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally until caramelized about 35-40 minutes.
  • Add the bacon, dates, cider, water, salt and pepper. Stir well, reduce heat to simmer and cover for about 45 minutes.
  • Remove lid, continue to simmer, stirring every 15-20 minutes for 90 minutes
  • Let cool.


  • Combine the cheeses in a small bowl mix well.
  • Heat a large skillet on medium high heat.
  • Generously butter one side of each slice of bread.
  • Evenly spread the cheese mixture on the other side of each slice.
  • Spread bacon-date jam on four of the slices of bread and put the sandwiches together. Place in the skillet, butter side down.
  • Grill until golden brown; flip over.
  • ENJOY!!!!

Author: kathy

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