Big Apple-Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwich

The exciting flavors of New York City come alive with the combination of apple-bacon jam and rich, creamy cheddar. And like the city, this grown-up grilled cheese is sweet, spicy, sour and rich—a little bit of everything. Note: the jam, which keeps well in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks, is also the perfect condiment for pork roast.

Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • Apple-Bacon Jam
  • 1 pound hickory smoked bacon, finely chopped
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, finely chopped
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup apple jelly
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Sandwich
  • 12 slices firm white bread
  • 18 ounces Kerrygold Dubliner cheese, thinly sliced
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions

  1. Make the jam: cook the bacon in an Anolon Nouvelle Copper Skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 15-17 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to baking sheet lined with paper towels and allow to drain. After the bacon has cooled transfer to a cutting board and chop it finer.
  2. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon of the bacon fat from the skillet and add the apple and onion; cook over medium heat until slightly softened, about 5-6 minutes. Stir in the cider, vinegar, sugar, jelly, cinnamon and cayenne pepper; increase the heat to medium-high, bring to a boil and cook 2 minutes. Add the bacon, reduce the heat to medium-low and gently simmer, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is syrupy, about 33-35 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and allow to cool. Wipe out the skillet.
  3. Place 6 slices of bread on a work surface and top each with 1 1/2 ounces of cheese. Spread each with a rounded tablespoon of the apple-bacon jam and top each with remaining the cheese. Top with the remaining slices bread. Spread the outside of each sandwich with the butter.
  4. Heat the skillet over medium-low heat. Add 2 sandwiches and cover the pan. Cook, turning once or twice, until the cheese has melted and the outside of each sandwich is golden brown, about 4 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining sandwiches. Let stand 1 minute before cutting sandwiches.


Recipe created exclusively for Anolon and the 2017 New York City Wine and Food Festival.