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Cooking the Cover: Gourmet's Grilled Cheese

Cooking the Cover: Gourmet's Grilled Cheese

Cooking the Cover: Gourmet's Grilled Cheese

There is nothing as simply delicious as melted cheese and crispy bread. There are thousands of variations of cheese, bread types, and tasty extras, but recently I was dazzled by the grilled cheese on the cover of Gourmet magazine's February issue. Presented on a clean white plate with a pretty blue background, their uber grilled cheese features escarole, onion jam, and tallegio.

Unfortunately, I couldn't find onion jam nor tallegio, but luckily the recipe states the next best options — fig jam and fontina — both of which were at my local market. I cooked the sandwich over low heat to maximize the melt in the melted cheese. The final result was a divine treat with the sweet jam perfectly complementing the pungent cheese and bitter greens. For the plating, I used a simple white plate like Gourmet, but thought a pink placemat was more me. To see how I made my version of this super scrumptious sandwich,


Grilled Cheese With Onion Jam, Talleggio, and Escarole
From Gourmet magazine

4 (1/2-inch-thick) center slices sourdough bread (from a 9- to 10-inch round)
4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons onion or fig jam
12 to 14 oz chilled Taleggio or Italian Fontina, sliced
1/4 lb escarole, center ribs discarded and leaves cut crosswise into 1-inch pieces (about 2 cups)

  1. Brush 1 side of bread slices with oil and arrange, oil sides down, on a work surface.
  2. Spread jam on 2 slices of bread and divide cheese between remaining 2 slices.
  3. Mound escarole on top of cheese and season with salt and pepper, then assemble sandwiches.
  4. Heat a dry 12-inch heavy skillet (not nonstick) over medium-low heat until hot.
  5. Cook sandwiches, turning once and pressing with a spatula to compact, until bread is golden-brown and cheese is melted, 6 to 8 minutes total.

Makes 2 sandwiches.

murdock99tx murdock99tx 9 years
Anytime is a good time for a grilled cheese sammie! :) I often have them as a midnight snack when my empty stomach won't let me sleep. Absolutely PERFECT. Here's how I make it: 1. Heat non-stick pan over medium-high heat. 2. Rub a stick of butter onto heated pan until THINLY coated all over. 3. Rub 2 slices of whole-wheat sugar-free bread all over the butter until THEY are coated, instead of the pan. :) 4. Slap one slice of Kraft 2% American cheese onto one of the pieces of bread. 5. Let 'er sizzle until the bread's "toasted" - this is about the time the cheese will have melted perfectly. 6. Turn off the heat. 7. Tilt the pan & sliiiiide the bread onto waiting plate. 8. Flip the non-cheesed slice onto the cheesed slice. 9. Cut diagonally. 10. Salt lightly, if desired (I always desire). EAT! Omg, delicious. If anyone tries this, I would love to hear how it comes out for you. I love it every time. LM
XSofieX XSofieX 9 years
I've never had grilled cheese in my life! But this does look pretty good :)
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
guinnevere, Thanks for the yummy tip! I love blue cheese and mango chutney, but would have never thought to combine the two! :)
guinnevere guinnevere 9 years
i have a grown up grilled cheese party every year! blue cheese on rye with mango chutney is a particular hit, and i always serve everything w/ lots of cold beer and cider and pickled vegetables.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 9 years
That looks reaaaaally good.
Mel475 Mel475 9 years
Ohhhh...that sounds so yummy! I will definitely be making this ASAP! I do a sandwich and soup night ever so often - I think this will be perfect for the next one! Thanks (and also to HonestMuffin - I am not a fan of figs so the onion jam works much better for me!!!)!!!
caligirl101 caligirl101 9 years
I need to try this.
Angelica Angelica 9 years
Gosh, it just looks so delicious!
DMBloyola6 DMBloyola6 9 years
OOOOH that just made me SO hungry for a grilled cheese! I do have fig jam at home...
supercoolnat supercoolnat 9 years
WOW. Makes me want to dive into my computer screen and take a big bite.
tshellyedwards tshellyedwards 9 years
This looks delicious, Party! Thanks for sharing the yummy recipe! xo.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 9 years
I love grilled cheese; this looks fantastic!
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
*banging head on keyboard in a fit of culinary euphoria* Nummy!!! Thanks Yum! And also to HonestMuffin for the recipe! Will try this over the weekend!
PJ-PJ-PJ PJ-PJ-PJ 9 years
That looks so good!
kia kia 9 years
that looks so good
nancita nancita 9 years
This looks very tasty and your sandwich is definitely worthy of a cover! I love fig jam, so I'll definitely try this.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i'm a grilled cheese junkie - so that's right up my alley!
Food Food 9 years
right now my cup of yogurt for breakfast is looking seriously sad. i wish i had this grilled cheese instead! looks great!
Jude-C Jude-C 9 years
Will have to try this out!
crispet1 crispet1 9 years
This sounds great. You could even do it with arugula!
HonestMuffin HonestMuffin 9 years
PS Onion Jam is really easy to make! I discovered i was addicted after i had the Gelson's cashew chicken sandwhich. 1 red onion, minced or chopped (I like minced :) ) 3 tablespoons of butter 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar 1 tablesoon light brown sugar Salt and white pepper Heat 1 tablespoon butter and the olive oil in sauce pan. Saute onions until translucent. Add the sugar and the rest of the butter and simmer onions until they are nicely carmelized. Salt and pepper to taste. Let it cool, then spread it like you mean it!!
Tari007 Tari007 9 years
Oh wow....this looks delicious! I'm going to try it this weekend. Thanks for sharing!
HonestMuffin HonestMuffin 9 years
i cant stand how AWESOME that looks... is it bad to want grilled cheese at 8:30 in the morning?
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 9 years
some gruyere would go REALLY tasty in there :drool:
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 9 years
urs looks even better than the magazine cover yum! loves it!
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