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Grilled Cheese with Apricot Jam and Arugula (and a GIVEAWAY!)

Remember a week or so ago when I begged, er, asked nicely to vote for my rainbow cake in the Butter recipe exchange? Well, if you hadn’t heard, I won. And I am pretty darn proud and thankful for all of you who rallied behind me. (Thank you!)

Anyways, the prize for the victory, a $150 Kerry Gold gift basket, arrived shortly after. While I knew I was getting some butter (and fantastically amazing butter at that), what I didn’t expect was the sheer quantity of cheese. Swiss and cheddar and gouda, oh my!

Now the grilled cheese probably makes more sense, huh?

But this isn’t just any grilled cheese, this grilled cheese has class. With a thin layer of homemade apricot jam and a few leaves of fresh arugula added at the very last minute, this sandwich is as delicious as it is simple. I mean, it is a grilled cheese, after all. And what a perfect way to highlight the superb ingredients I was given.

This particular sandwich makes use of Kerry Gold’s unusual Dubliner cheese, described as somewhat sweet, somewhat nutty (sound like someone else you know?). That slight sweetness, when combined with the fruit jam and spicy arugula, makes for the perfect grilled cheese sandwich.

Grilled Cheese with Apricot Jam and Arugula

Makes 2 sandwiches.

Ingredients:

4 slices country bread
4 oz. Kerry Gold® Cheddar or Dubliner cheese, sliced
2 tablespoons apricot (or other fruit) Jam
1 tablespoon Kerry Gold® salted butter
1/4 cup arugula

Directions:

Preheat a large skillet or sandwich press on medium-high heat.

To assemble sandwiches, spread a thin layer of jam on one side of bread. Top with a double layer of cheese slices and second piece of bread. Generously butter outsides of both pieces of bread.

Put sandwiches in skillet and toast until bread is golden brown and cheese is melted, about 3-4 minutes per side. Remove from pan. Carefully (it will be hot!) peel apart bread and place arugula inside and replace top slice of bread. Cut in half and serve immediately.

And even better? Kerry Gold USA has so kindly offered to share some of their incredible butter and cheese with one of you. That’s right, one lucky reader will win a month’s supply of Irish cheese and butter for their very own.

Mmm… butter…

This giveaway officially kicks of what I am calling “Giveaway Week” here on L&OO (I know, so creative!) I’ve got a lineup of fabulous gourmet giveaways just for you. So watch for those appearing throughout the week and enter for your chance to win.

***GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED****
Congratulations to Mary, whose comment (#388) was randomly selected as the winner! Hooray!

To Enter:

Simply leave a comment on this post with the answer to this question:
What ingredients are in your ultimate grilled cheese?

Entries open through 12/14/10 at 11:59 CST. I’ll be randomly selecting the winner the morning of Wednesday, December 15th. Prize will be shipped to the winner directly from Kerry Gold. Please note that due to the perishable nature of this prize, this contest is open to US residents ONLY.

Want Extra Entries?
Increase your odds of winning! In addition to the main entry comment, leave a separate comment for each bonus entry.
1. Follow @loveandoliveoil on twitter and tweet the following:
“I just entered to win a month’s supply of butter & cheese from @KerryGoldUSA and @loveandoliveoil! Enter here: http://bit.ly/i4HOq0″
2. “Like” Love & Olive Oil on Facebook (or if you are already a fan just say so!)

Be sure you enter a valid email address, because if your name is drawn and I can’t get a hold of you within 72 hours, I will choose an alternate winner. You may also want to add me to your address book (lindsay AT loveandoliveoil DOT com), as I’d hate for your congratulatory email to end up in the spam folder.

Spread some love butter this holiday season.

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  1. 401
    Margaret
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 2:44 am

    My ultimate grilled cheese would have english farmhouse cheddar cheese, fresh tomatoes (from the garden), and garlic.

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  2. 402
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 7:24 am

    The best grilled cheese I ever had was made with asiago, parm, and reggiano and had a tad of white truffle oil drizzled on top. SOO good.

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  3. 403
    Melissa
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 8:43 am

    My ultimate grilled cheese is this insanely yummy whole grain bread with all types of seeds, buttered up good and it has two slices of bacon, two tomatoes and two different types of cheese – swiss and provolone. TO DIE FOR. I plan on making this for dinner tonight now that you mention it!

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  4. 404
    Cristina B
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 8:57 am

    I am a fan of Love and Olive Oil on facebook

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  5. 405
    Christopher Sorel
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 8:58 am

    Aged extra sharp cheddar Kerry gold and their butter makes the best grilled cheese. Make it on some guinness bread and it is a winner

    Reply

  6. 406
    Christopher Sorel
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Like you on facebook

    Reply

  7. 407
    Christopher Sorel
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 9:00 am

    tweeted on twitter

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  8. 408
    Christopher Sorel
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 9:01 am

    follow on twitter

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  9. 409
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 9:02 am

    I’m a fan of smoked gouda grilled cheese on sourdough bread and dipping it in tomato bisque soup. Yum!!

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  10. 410
    Lorraine
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Bacon and lots of it and gruyere cheese.

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  11. 411
    Carla
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 9:11 am

    perfect grilled cheese is homemade sourdough, crispy onions/mushrooms and dubliner! With a side of home made oyster soup to dip it in…

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  12. 412
    Jill Z.
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Blue cheese, walnuts, and honey on super grainy whole wheat bread.

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  13. 413
    Randi
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 10:27 am

    My ultimate grilled cheese starts with ciabatta bread smothered with fig paste then throw on some parmesan and prosciutyo and you’ve got yourself a salty/sweet sandwich!!

    Reply

  14. 414
    Amanda
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 11:01 am

    Oh what a great question! For me, it’s two slices of Ezekiel sprouted bread (or homemade), a light spread of dijon mustard, raw milk cheddar, and avocado. I leave the tomato slices on the side so they don’t sog anything down. I could easily eat that for dinner every night of the week :)

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  15. 415
    Puja Gupta
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 11:03 am

    My favourite grilled cheese sandwich has to have some bite in it! Between slices of sandwich bread, I load a few slices of gouda, some bits of blue cheese and *green peppercorns in brine*.

    Like you on facebook

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  16. 416
    Tracy Lynn
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 11:08 am

    I follow you on twitter :)
    tracylynnaxo

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    Tracy Lynn
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 11:08 am

    I am also a facebook fan already!

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  18. 418
    Charlene
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Great grilled cheese is simply about using quality ingredients. Various breads and various cheeses will taste delicious, provided you splurge a little. That being said, I’m a sucker for some sharp cheddar cheese and apple slices.

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  19. 419
    Tracy Lynn
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 11:10 am

    My perfect grilled cheese includes sourdough bread (a must), an unhealthy amount of cheddar cheese, and whole grain djion mustard. After its all gooey, peel it apart and add ripe roma tomatoes sprinkled w a touch of sea salt.

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  20. 420
    Charlene
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 11:11 am

    I tweeted the giveaway. Plus, I was just happy to find out that you were on Twitter!

    Reply

  21. 421
    Charlene
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 11:12 am

    I have liked you on facebook. Social Media FTW.

    Reply

  22. 422
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 11:24 am

    sharp white cheddar, turkey, onion, stone ground mustard, then after grilling add some sliced avocado.

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  23. 423
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 11:51 am

    my perfect grilled cheese has cheddar and mozzarella cheese, grilled tomato slices and a little bit of dried basil, grilled in olive oil to get the crust nice and crispy. great, now i’m starving!

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  24. 424
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 11:52 am

    i’m also a facebook fan :)

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  25. 425
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    My ultimate grilled cheese is Gouda & white cheddar melted on toasted sourdough with a couple of strips of really crunchy bacon tucked inside, and just a little bit of a good spicy mustard in there somewhere.

    Reply

  26. 426
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 12:04 pm

    Also, I am following your Twitter now. I’d follow on FB as well but I left that site long ago and won’t be going back. ;)

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  27. 427
    Angie P.
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    As long as you use a good thick bread, so that the cheese doesn’t overwhelm it. Like a crusty french bread and a sharp cheddar, all is good!

    Reply

  28. 428
    Nina
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Sourdough bread, butter, grainy mustard, sea salt, fresh thyme and grated Gruyere. OMG, drooling now……..

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  29. 429
    Andrea M
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    My fave grilled cheese goes as follows:

    Tomato Focaccia
    Laughing cow light swiss
    Aged white cheddar
    a little dab of pesto
    thinly sliced tomato

    MMMmmmmmm!!!!!!!!

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  30. 430
    Andrea M
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 1:07 pm

    … And I “like” you on FB!

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  31. 431
    Mary
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    I think it’s best to keep it simple: rye bread, cheddar, and a couple slices of tomato

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  32. 432
    Morgan
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Ohhh how I love grilled cheese. My favorite is buttered sourdough spread with pesto and thinly sliced tomatoes, and a mix of provolone and cheddar cheese. MMMM.

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  33. 433
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    ok ready? I got this idea from a grilled cheese sandwich I ate at Melt: homemade pierogies, sauerkraut, swiss and FRENCH FRIES!! (and you can only eat that once every three years, because it’s a heart attack in a sandwich! I actually ended up with 3 more meals out of it!)

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  34. 434
    Marie
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    My ultimate grilled cheese has several types of cheese as well as cream cheese and avocado and tomatoes on sourdough, preferably with Parmesan on the outside. So good!

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    Marie
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    And I like you on FB. :)

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  36. 436
    Adrienne
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    My ULTIMATE grilled cheese would be cheese (whatever’s on hand…I’m not picky when it comes to cheese), bacon, and avocado slices! Sometimes I like to spread some apple butter on there too! Mmmm…. Now I’m hungry!

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  37. 437
    Adrienne
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 2:47 pm
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    Adrienne
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    I like you on FB! :)

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    Kara
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    I like mixing up the cheeses (cheddar is a must! but I like getting adventurous and adding to that) and throwing in a couple slices of tomato. All on well-buttered wheat bread.

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    Kara
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    I’m also a fan on facebook

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  41. 441
    rocio
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    i loved my grilled cheese with sharp cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and avocado! there is a grilled cheese restaurant called melt where i live and they make a delicious grilled cheese with pierogies, sharp cheddar, and caramelized onions. mmmm

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    rocio
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    i’m also a fan on fbook!

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  43. 443
    Meg
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 4:29 pm

    Fresh sourdough bread, sharp Vermont cheddar cheese, tomato, avocado, thinly-sliced red onion, and if I want to go extra decadent, a fried egg!

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  44. 444
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Last night I had a grilled cheese and bacon sandwich with a little of my Satsuma and Bourbon marmalade. Divine! Must have the marmalade from now on. Recipe at http://www.cowlickcottagefarm.com.

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  45. 445
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    I love gouda and ham grilled cheese. Or blue cheese and pear grilled cheese. Or simple cheddar grilled cheese with tomato soup. I don’t think you can go wrong with this amazing comfort food.

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  46. 446
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 9:29 pm

    LOVE you on Facebook!

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  47. 447
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    The S’more grilled cheese!
    +Graham or white bread
    +spread with butter
    +a piece of dark chocolate
    +a slice of handmade marshmallow
    +a slice of lavender goat cheese
    Heat in an italian press!!

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  48. 448
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    I twittered! I’m @fettbot

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    Tom
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    sourdough bread, bacon, gouda, and basil….strange right….

    Reply

  50. 450
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    My absolute favorite grilled cheese (or as I call them girlled cheese) consists of cheedar or havarti cheese, good wheat bread, and a side of tomato soup!

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  51. 451
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    I’m a fan on facebook as well!

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  52. 452
    Melanie
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 10:21 pm

    my ultimate grilled cheese includes red onion, spinach, and tomatoes!

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    mende
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    my ultimate grilled cheese is made with marche’s brioche with any kind of good cheddar and a slice or two of benton’s bacon!

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    mende
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 11:23 pm

    i am a fan on facebook as well

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    Julia
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    My grilled cheese is made with white bread, unsalted butter , american cheese and maybe a few slices of crispy bacon.

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    Julia
    Posted On December 14, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    I am also a fan of your page on facebook.

    Reply

  57. 457
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 12:25 am

    Pecan dried cherry bread with a cranberry spread and gouda. Yuuuummmmmm

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  58. 458
    Costana Hornbaker
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 1:20 am

    I LOVE grilled CHeese and dont have a favorite.. but it HAS to be made with REAL butter :) YUM

    Reply

  59. 459
    Posted On December 15, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Giveaway is now closed and a winner has been selected. Was it you? Check your email!!

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  60. 460
    Kristyn
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 12:14 am

    Bacon, turkey, ham, cheddar, provolone

    more my ultimate melted sandwich

    Reply

  61. 461
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    I like my grilled cheese with a slice of ham or turkey – and if I’m feeling feisty throw in some chopped jalapeno.

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  62. 462
    Posted On December 17, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Also a fan on Facebook and subscribe through google reader. I really enjoy your blog. Thanks!

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    Noreen
    Posted On February 7, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Delicious! Best grilled cheese I ever had was buttery crunchy sourdough, good quality cheddar, gruyere, fontina and blue cheeses, thinly sliced roasted tomatoes and avocado and crispy bacon. Insane…

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