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Grilled Cheese with Apricot Jam and Arugula

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.

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  • 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


  1. Preheat a large skillet or sandwich press on medium-high heat.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
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  1. 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…

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

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

  4. Bacon, turkey, ham, cheddar, provolone

    more my ultimate melted sandwich

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

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

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

  8. I am also a fan of your page on facebook.

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

  10. i am a fan on facebook as well

  11. 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!

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

  13. I’m a fan on facebook as well!

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