Love and Olive Oil

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. My ultimate grilled cheese would have to have to be on a Winnipeg Rye Bread (we just make it so well), with brie, a layer of thinly sliced mushrooms, and arugula. Probably the brie between the other layers of add ins, so that it wouldn’t fall apart into a gooey mess upon consumption. (Although, a gooey mess is kind of part and parcel of a grilled cheese sandwich.)

  2. brie & apples!
    best grilled cheese ever.

  3. I totally tweeted.

  4. good crusty french baguette with carmelized onions, gorgonzola cheese crumbles, some sliced muenster, and tomato slices. mmmm.

    I think I need to go make some lunch now.

  5. While most variations on grilled cheeses are delicious… I prefer the plain and simple bread and cheese (gruyere is a favorite).

  6. I’m on my way to the kitchen, RIGHT NOW, to try this whole ‘grilled cheese with mustard’ thing. With Tomato. HOW have I not thought of that before?? I eat mustard on everything and grilled cheese sandwiches at least a couple times a week. Shameful really…..

  7. Mine would have just about anything on it. Especially ham.

  8. delicious sourdough bread, havarti cheese, fresh tomatoes, a little butter and mayo, and sometimes thinly sliced ham. oh man- dinner tonight.

  9. Best grilled cheese: rye bread, dill harvati cheese, sun dried tomatoes. So good.

  10. For some reason it didnt post – I love a grilled gruyere on crusty bread with some of Food in Jars Tomato Jam ( – its crazy delicious!

  11. I am now a fan on Facebook!

  12. Ultimate grilled cheese- Whole Foods french loaf bread, a couple of different kinds of cheese- havarti, brie, gruyere- whatever I have around the house, bacon and arugula! And apples. Yum!

  13. Just “liked” you on FB!

  14. Bacon and collard greens. Ummm….. best grilled cheese ever. Yours looks pretty good too though!

  15. I’m a fan of cheddar with a few slices of tomato and a handful of spinach.

  16. Like you on Facebook (SusanBenegas)

  17. tweeted! @amy_donovan

  18. I have only made plain and boring grilled cheese sandwiches in the past, but I’m inspired now, reading everyone’s creations.

  19. Love this giveaway!!! I’m making some grilled cheese tonight with Panera’s tomato basil bread, should be a nice variation to the regular old white bread. I’m tweeting and becoming a fan on facebook too!

  20. oh wow that looks absolutely fantastic. i wish i had all those awesome ingredients!! congratulations to you, i’ve just started following and am lovin’ your blog + delicious recipes!!


  21. My favorite grilled cheese would be garlic bread toasted with havarti, cheddar, and muenster cheese with bacon, onions, peppers, and tomatoes.

  22. My ultimate grilled cheese would include brie and fig jam yum! Also good with the addition of turkey

  23. my favorite grilled cheese is gouda, a slice of tomato, + a bit of balsamic on a hearty italian bread. accompanied by tomato soup, of course. =)

  24. oh, and of course I already like you on facebook!

  25. And I liked you on facebook

  26. Mine is peppercorn gouda and apricot jam on rosemary garlic sourdough bread. The cheese and bread are from my local farmer’s market. The bread has whole cloves of garlic which get slight roasted and sweet in the pan. The cheese has cracked peppercorns, which give it a bit of bite. I toast it all to yummy golden goodness. I have also made it with sun-dried tomato pesto instead of apricot jam. Also wonderful.

  27. My ideal grilled cheese involves blue cheese (especially Stilton) and apples or pears.

  28. Just tweeted!

  29. The one I made back in the summer that is very similar to yours- but with pear butter. Yum!

  30. I love provolone or any milder cheese on my grilled cheese dress it up with tomato, green olives, ketchup.

  31. I already follow you on twitter, of course, and I just tweeted about the giveaway!

  32. I already like you on facebook!

  33. Congrats on your winnings and thanks for offering such an amazing giveaway Lindsay!!! My favorite grilled cheese sandwich is cheddar with apples and sprouts!

  34. Mmmmm, mine is Extra Sharp White Cheddar, Maple Bacon, Arugula, Honeycrisp Apples and Grainy Brown Mustard. Yummm

  35. I’d have to say a nice melty cheese like munster on sourdough with just enough butter where your bread has the right crunch but not too greasy. Maybe a bit of prosciutto if I really feel like spoiling myself.

  36. Gotta go with a classic: foccacia bread, fresh mozzarella and tomatoes with just a bit of basil!

  37. This grilled cheese recipe sounds fantastic! (Now I know what I’ll be making for lunch this week, ha.) My ultimate grilled cheese includes sharp cheddar and tomatoes on sourdough. YUM!

  38. I like my grilled cheese to be just cheese and bread, but I like to spice it up with different cheese. American, sharp cheddar and provolone with sourdough bread, yummy! I also change it up by buttering the outsides of my bread and then putting it in the…wait for it…waffle maker! It makes the cheese squish out and toasts it perfectly.

  39. Oh and I already like you on facebook!

  40. I like to have three cheeses (cheddar, swiss and provolone) with a slice of ripe tomato on thick white bread. Not healthy, but delicious!

  41. Contests on the win! My favorite grilled cheese is bacon, tomatoes and cheddar. :-)

  42. I made a fabulous grilled cheese last weekend with swiss, a fried egg, and grilled tomatoes!

  43. Sometimes the simplest things in life are just the best – like this grilled cheese sandwich. What perfect ingredients all put together. Yum!!

  44. My ultimate grilled cheese, is made with aged old cheddar cheese, diced tomatoes, onions, and celery (for crunch). I cook the sandwich in an olive oil that I purchased at Estia (a Greek resto in Halifax NS). The olive oil is made from imported cold pressed olive oil from Greece, and mixed with lemon, garlic, and herbs like oregano. The flavors in the oil are incredible, and the celery provides a lovely crunch.
    super simple, but super yum!!!

  45. My ultimate grilled cheese sandwich (and I love them!) would be a traditional one of hearty bread, well buttered, and sharp Cheddar cheese. Yummy!!

  46. I ‘liked’ you on Facebook!
    Love Love grilled cheese! yum!!

  47. congrats!! this version sounds awesome :) i’m always a sucker for a traditional, simple grilled cheese, but my latest creation ( was a tasty variation!

  48. My ultimate grilled cheese has tomato slices, grilled onions, basil, and a wonderful mixture of cheeses like mozzarella, feta, and provolone. Oh and on my favorite tomato basil bread. I’d love to try Kerry Gold cheese!

  49. my ultimate grilled cheese need extra sharp cheddar and maybe a little tomato and basil :)

  50. My ultimate grilled cheese is super-sharp cheddar, caramelized onions, and tomatoes – the latter put on after the grilling is complete. SO GOOD! I love grilled cheese. :)

  51. oh boy do i LOVE kerry gold cheese. i hope i win this one! i like a combo of cheddar and gruyere with spicy mustard and buttered slices of bread. mmm.

  52. Ultimate grilled cheese-

    Two slices of really good bread, a thin spread of roasted garlic on one, a bit of dijon mustard on the other. Cheddar cheese, thinly sliced tomatoes and red onions and provolone cheese. Butter on the outside, cooked in a cast iron pan.

    Yum. I know what I’m having for lunch!

  53. I like my grilled cheese very simple, but I switch up the cheeses – to whatever we have in the house, usually. :)

  54. your grilled cheese sounds so classy :)

    (i cant enter bc im canadian but) my fave grilled cheese is stuffed with shredded mole chicken and montery jack cheese… such a satisfying sandwich :)

  55. Liked on facebook!

  56. My ultimate grilled cheese actually uses Kerry Gold’s Dubliner cheese – it’s divine!!

  57. My ultimate grilled cheese would have gouda on it.

  58. My ultimate grilled cheese consists of dill havarti and aged cheddar. On the bread I always use real butter then dip it into a pan of fresh parmesan/garlic mix, so there is actually “grilled cheese” on the outside of the bread when you fry it in the skillet :)

  59. I love your version of the grilled cheese!!! My favorite would have to be with sharp white cheddar, chutney and turkey!

  60. I love a grilled cheese simple with a tomato and for more color, fresh basil. It is delicious!

    xladyf54 @ gmail dot com.

  61. Liked on FB, following on Twitter and tweeted about the giveaway, too!

  62. This is actually a favorite grilled cheese variety of ours, but otherwise I’d say fig jam, prosciutto and chevre, a la Salumi in Seattle.



  63. I ‘liked’ you on Facebook!

  64. I made a grilled cheese sandwich the other day with fresh sourdough bread, mozzarella, sharp cheddar, feta, parmesan and creamy caesar dressing. It was pretty much amazing.

  65. The ultimate grilled cheese: Turkish eski kasar cheese (kind of similar to cheddar), hot mustard, organic tomatoes, and arugula.

  66. And, I liked you on FB.

  67. My ultimate grilled cheese is on a good sourdough bread. Any kind of cheese. Lots of butter. It can be doctored up with other things or not. I know what I’m having for lunch!

  68. My ultimate grilled cheese is definitely cabot habanero cheese and sliced heirloom tomatoes!

  69. You can’t beat toasted bread with gooey cheese. Plain and simple for me. But I’m going to take Lindsay’s suggestion of some garlic salt. And now I’m having grilled cheese for lunch. I even have some Kerrygold cheddar. Yum.

  70. Oh and I already “like” you on Facebook! Thanks for all of the great recipes!!

  71. liked on facebook!

  72. My ultimate grilled cheese would definitely have bacon on it — and probably something sweet like date spread! Yummy!

  73. tweeted!

  74. lots of butter on the bread, I like soggy grilled cheese, not crisp.

  75. oh my, do i love irish butter. how awesome!

  76. My favorite grilled cheese includes green chile. The type of cheese is negotiable, but a bowl of tomato soup is not!

  77. i also liked on facebook!

  78. i followed on twitter and tweeted!

  79. My ultimate grilled cheese is made with sharp cheddar and thin slices of grilled apple. Delicious!

  80. Annnd I’m a Facebook fan! (I made your blue cheese/apple/caramelized onion panini yesterday – & I think I’m on my mom’s good side for the next week, at least.)

  81. The best grilled cheese I’ve ever had was from a kitschy little restaurant all the way up in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It was cheddar & American cheeses on cayenne-cheddar bread (SO. GOOD.) with a little bit of olive-garlic spread & strawberry-habanero dipping sauce on the side. Seriously, I die. I desperately wish I lived closed so I could eat it more regularly – I could try to recreate it for myself, but how the eff will I figure out how to make cayenne cheddar bread?!

  82. So many cheeses to choose from…
    My favorite:
    Sliced Asiago & Muenster with some thin slices of Granny Smith apple. I might throw some bacon on there as well. =)

  83. ultimate grilled cheese: camembert with prosciutto and sunflower sprouts on artisan bread.

  84. my husband LOVES it when i put some turkey or ham in his grilled cheese!

  85. I’m a fan on facebook! :)

  86. My ultimate grilled cheese would be on a beautiful sourdough with Tillamook sharp cheddar and beefsteak tomatoes from my garden. Oh man, my mouth just watered from writing that!

  87. I like good old-fashioned Kraft american singles with sliced tomato, and any kind of bread as long as it’s toasted to an even, dark golden brown!

  88. I’m not picky, i just like lots and lots of cheese! The one you made sounds absolutely delicious though!

  89. Back when we could have nuts (one of my kids has since been diagnosed with a nut allergy), I used a muesli bread from Whole Foods that made for absolutely divine grilled cheese. Thank you for the giveaway!

  90. Ultimate grilled cheese…So many options for this!!!
    But I really like a classic american cheese and tomato on white bread and properly grilled..complemented by good pickles and french fries – nothing else beats that….although andrea’s sandwich sounds delicious as well!!

  91. I am pretty much a basic girl – I like cheddar and white bread on my grilled cheese.

  92. Ultimate grilled cheese – on an everything bagel, with beefsteak tomatoes and cheddar cheese. To die for. My mom used to make it for me ;)

  93. My ultimate grilled cheese sandwich is one made by my husband – probably because he uses more butter than I do on the bread, and always adds a sprinkle of garlic salt!

  94. My favorite grilled cheese is the one my grandmother used to make me. Nothing fancy, just oven roasted turkey, sharp cheddar cheese, and miracle whip. The sweet with the sharpness of the cheese makes me “melt” every time. Thanks for taking me back to my childhood.

  95. My ultimate grilled cheese would include sourdough bread, English Cotswold Cheese w/Chives, and sliced, homegrown tomatoes….yum!

    Oh, and I’m also a fan on Facebook!

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