Tomato Jam in Grilled Cheese

While I don’t believe there is a perfect grilled cheese, this one is delightful. It is special and has all the gooeyness with flavorful tomatoes that are soft but juicy. Cut some bread, go wild or classic with the cheeses, and make a double batch of tomatoes to put them on everything.

Tomato Jam in Grilled Cheese
Ingredients: (for 2 sandwiches)

1 1/2 cups (~1/2 a pint) cherry or grape tomatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
Sprinkle of thyme & kosher salt
1 teaspoon truffle oil (optional)
4 slices of bread
lots of cheese

Warm a small skillet to medium and add in the olive oil and tomatoes to cook for about 5 minutes until the tomatoes start bursting.
Reduce to low/medium low and add in the brown sugar, vinegar, and garlic to cook for another 5 minutes, stirring regularly. Sprinkle in the thyme, salt, and pepper.
Remove from the heat and let it cool. (I let most of the liquid evaporate but remove earlier if you want it more wet. Optional: drizzle in a touch of truffle oil if you wish.)

Assemble the grilled cheese with cheese on each side of the bread and a scoop of tomato jam in the middle. Griddle it and cover to melt the cheese. (Restaurant tip: put butter in the pan and mayo on the outside of the bread!)

Give it a minute to rest before slicing so you don’t lose all the cheese!

It is so good. The tomato jam is bright and a little sweet like a summer one would be while we’re in the depths of winter. I love the tomato jam on quiche or on an English muffin for breakfast. It would be great on pizza or stirred into rice or pasta. The uses are endless.

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