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Grilled Cheese with Apricot Jam and Arugula

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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.


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


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.

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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.

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.

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  1. I also ‘like’ you on FB.

  2. I have two top choices:
    Rosemary Bread with swiss cheese, bacon, carmelized onions, sundried tomatoes, and sauteed mushrooms YUM.
    Sourdough bread w thinly sliced apples, Brie, cheddar, and a few spinach leaves

  3. spinach, fresh mozz, and pesto OR really good cheddar thinly sliced but piled high and some tomato soup on the side

  4. I was always a fan of the classic grilled cheese sandwich with creamy tomato soup, but a favorite variant on that is adding in fresh juicy tomatoes to a grilled cheddar cheese sandwich

  5. COngratulations on the win and the massive amount of cheese in your posession now! My ultimate grilled cheese involves ham, brie, spinach and apple. Yum.

  6. Congrats! My sandwich would need some great creamy cheese and maybe some ham.

  7. Extra cheese, maybe some sundried tomato spread….

  8. white bread, yellow mustard, american cheese, dill pickles, american cheese, white bread – as midwestern as it gets. :)

  9. Swiss, bacon, tomato, sea salt, a tiny pinch of raw sugar, a bit of garlic powder, open-faced on toasted crusty bread

  10. Sourdough, brie and raspberries!

  11. The best grilled cheese I ever ate was made with cheddar, thin slices of granny smith apple, and a few strips of bacon. I got the idea from Food Network, I think from Tyler Florence. Then again, I do love my mother’s super simple grilled cheese – a slice of bread covered with cheddar and broiled open-face until bubbly and toasty.

  12. Good wheat bread, cheddar, goat, and provolone cheese. With balsamic caramelized onions and grilled in rosemary butter with a sprinkle of sea salt.

  13. My best grill cheese is on crusty bread with English Cotswold Cheese w/Chives, a little roasted garlic spread sparingly and granny smith apple slices. Yummo!!!!

  14. Pumpernickel bread (both sides of each piece buttered and the inside of the sandwich lightly toasted. then add pesto to the slices then top with some fontina and sharp chedder.
    throw that baby on a skillet and it’ll be magic!

  15. i love grilled cheese on fresh-baked sourdough bread, with gruyere cheese, bacon, tomato, and fresh basil. cooked in lots of butter of course :]

  16. Multi grain bread with gruyere and prosciutto toasted just before burnt to bring out the grains and crunchy texture–thanks to the rich buttery taste, of course.

    Congrats again!

  17. My ultimate grilled cheese needs fresh bread, prosciutto, basil, asiago, mozzarella, and tomatoes. If not prosciutto, I’d need bacon :)

  18. When I’m in the mood for a serious grilled cheese, I pull out all the stops. A nice multigrain bread (not too thick, so all the components have a chance to shine together), a light dijon mustard sauce, Roquefort and gruyere cheese, and finally a side of pickled fennel. That nice crunch at the end makes this sandwich to die for!

    Ah! So hungry now!

  19. Avocado! No doubt.

    Though some proscuitto and figs could also work in a pinch…. and I’m definitely going to try your recipe. Mmm.

  20. Liked Love and Olive OIl on Facebook :)

  21. I made the BEST grilled cheese recently with Jarlsberg and red pepper jelly. It was sweet from the creamy cheese and spicy from the pepper. DELISH.

  22. I’m the newest fan of Love & Olive Oil on FB! (I can’t believe I wasn’t already!)

  23. My ultimate grilled cheese sandwich starts w/homemade whole wheat bread, coated w/butter & Baconaise. The middle is filled w/spinach, white cheddar (Cougar Gold), yellow cheddar, shaved aged gouda w/bacon bits in the middle of the melted cheese.

  24. Yum! Sourdough bread with a bit of mustard, sharp cheddar, a bit of arugula and a slice of fresh tomato…probably with a side of tomato soup

  25. My favorite grilled cheese sandwich uses Rosemary Artisan bread grilled with lots of butter. The filling is Dubliner (or really any good cheese) with a spread that I make using Bruschetta (chopped tomatoes, chopped basil, garlic), chopped capers and a wee bit of cream cheese. This is decadent and delicious! BTW, I am already one of your “Like” fans and KerryGold’s “Like” fans. I enjoy your posts.

  26. I am following you on Twitter. I also ‘liked’ you on Facebook, but I had to do it under my real name since I blog with a secret identity (the naked pic thing) but will id myself with an email.

    As for the cheese, it depends if I want a sweet or savory grilled cheese.

    For sweet I will use poundcake, nutella and fontina cheese.

    For Savory, I want sourdough, jalapeno cheddar, and regular cheddar with fresh roasted red pepper thrown in at the last minute.

  27. As someone who grew up with a dairy and wheat allergy and has somewhat overcame both, I think I can appreciate a grilled cheese more than others. However, my favorite grilled cheese is on spelt bread coated heavily with butter and of course using cheddar. I love it with tomato slices and sometimes a slice of ham is a fantastic addition.

  28. I’m a FB fan

  29. tomato, cheddar, and parmesan… perfect

  30. the perfect grilled cheese = dubliner cheese, slices of apples, bacon jam, and some fresh bread crusted with dried rosemary.

  31. Tomato. American Cheese. Maybe a little onion. Heaven!

  32. My perfect grilled cheese would be one that someone else made for me!! YUM!! Love to cook, but sometimes the best seasoning is sitting on the couch while someone else makes lunch!

  33. bacon, apple, cheddar!

  34. Good butter, good bread, good cheese.

    I’m pretty easy when it comes to the sandwich itself, but what it really needs is a good tomato soup–nothing from a tin, mind you–to dip it in.

  35. The most delicious grilled cheese ever would have to be bakery fresh sourdough bread, the kind that’s sliced thickly but not too thick. I’d use butter with herbs in in, and fresh mozzarella cheese. Mmmm.

  36. I love all grilled cheese! Goat cheese, tomato, and arugula… sharp cheddar and turkey bacon (a little less guilt)… I love pretty much any combo of toasty cheese and bread!

  37. I also already “like” you on Facebook!

  38. There are so many awesome grilled cheeses it’s hard to choose an ULTIMATE…but…sourdough, pesto, chevre, and chedder makes me smile every time!

  39. OMG!!! Look at you, so famous! so many comments!!!! Anywho!!! Rye Bread, Mayo, Procuitto, Mozzarella and Boursin! SOOO GOOD!

  40. I love hand and honey mustard in my grilled cheese :)

  41. I meant ‘ham’ and honey mustard (gotta love auto correct).

  42. Funny, I was just debating this with myself the other day while making a grilled cheese inspired by the Top Chef grilled cheese episode…

    At the moment, I think my favorite combination is this: havarti, bacon, avocado, and thinly sliced granny smith apple.

  43. Swiss and pepperjack with sauteed mushrooms and onions on rye!

  44. roasted garlic and roasted red pepper. YUM!

  45. I’m also like L&OO on facebook :)

  46. Mozz cheese and garlic powder…YUM!! That was a college staple!

  47. already “liked” on facebook

  48. I’m pretty simple… some good bread (anything from sourdough to wheat), ideally two kinds of cheese — one with some bite, and another that melts divinely with a more mellow flavor. Lots of butter in the pan, and I’m a happy camper ;-) Occasionally, a little bacon or tomato makes the cut, too!

  49. Oatmeal bread, cheddar cheese, and sliced tomato. Simple and so good.

  50. My fav grilled cheese is pepperjack cheese, caramelized onion, and arugula. The secret to mine is that once the grilled cheese is cooked, i take a raw garlic clove and brush it over the bread.

    And of course I already “like” you on facebook! Tweeted too!

  51. Also, I like you on facebook.

  52. My ultimate grilled cheese has one slice of mozzarella, one slice of cheddar, tomatoes, crispy bacon and a slathering of garlic aioli, on sourdough bread fried in a little butter. Just try and resist it…

  53. Havarti with dill on buttered sourdough with dijon mustard! Or once, on a very special occasion, soft fromager d’affinois on crusty french bread with a thin slice of Black Forest ham.

  54. Cranberry sauce!

  55. I’m a purist – just some sharp cheddar cheese on really good bread (sourdough, probably). And served with tomato soup, of course!

  56. And, liked on facebook!

  57. Some sourdough bread with a mixture of really good cheeses and a big slice of tomato!! YUMMMY!!

  58. Liked on Facebook!! ;)

  59. I’m a big fan of simple! I like to start with some good, crusty on the outside, chewy on the inside bread….and then I put lots of butter on that bread, like my mom did when I was a kid! Then add a nice nutty cheese (Gruyere is yummy!) with some cheese that melts well….it’s a winner!

  60. My new favourite grilled cheese is brie with peach conserve. If I have arugula lying around, that goes in too.

  61. brie, pumpkin butter, and apples.

  62. It’s very simple. Actually, my sister came up with this one, when we both worked at applebee’s. Just sourdough bread, cheddar cheese and pico de gallo. YUMMY!!! :)

  63. Mine would likely involve a chewy sourdough, sharp cheddar, and bacon. My tastes are pretty basic midwestern when it comes to the classics. :)

  64. Before I even saw the giveaway, I knew I had to chime in – I LOVE Dubliner cheese, buy it all the time. That said, my fave grilled cheese is sharp cheddar on challah (preferably with sesame seeds), with ketchup on the side. Classic.

  65. Wheat bread with cheddar cheese, granny smith apples, caramelized onions, and spinach. YUM. I want one now!

  66. multigrain, fontina, honey, basil & sliced tomato! mmmm!

  67. Pepperjack, sliced jalapenos, tomatoes and of course bacon!

  68. Sourdough bread, brie and fig jam. Yum!

  69. Pancetta with smoked gouda and just a bit of arugula…peppery, smoky, and creamy!

  70. Plain and simple! Cheddar cheese, sliced mesquite turkey, olive oil and oregano!

  71. I also like L&OO on facebook! :)

  72. I love whole wheat bread with mustard and caramelized onions. Yum!

  73. I’m quite simple! Simple white bread, sharp cheddar cheese, butter, grilled to perfection with a creamy tomato soup! Yum!

    Fan on Facebook too!!! :)

  74. (super) sharp cheddar and juicy tomatoes :)

  75. Ultimate grilled cheese, must have a good homemade bread. I love to make no knead bread with a good Emmanthaler cheese. Tomato soup to dunk on the side

  76. My ultimate grilled cheese would be fontina, tomato and avocado. DELISH.

  77. I’m a fan on FB! :)

  78. Maybe some brie and feta with onions and granny smith apples!

  79. Thanks for the giveaway! Hmm, I think my ultimate grilled cheese sandwich would have the following:
    Havarti and Feta cheese
    Whole wheat bread
    Dijon mustard

  80. Wow, I want a grilled cheese sandwich right now. I have to say that I am not too inventive when it comes to grilled cheese. I like sharp or aged cheddar on potato bread with butter to make the outside crispy. I also liked the idea above of using an everything bagel. Maybe I’ll try that next.

  81. “Liked” you on facebook. :-)

  82. Any good thick white bread with aged cheddar, dijon and a few slices of granny smith. Heaven in a skillet.

  83. My favorite grilled cheese involves lots of butter, good white bread, and (embarrassingly) American cheese because it melts in such a lovely way.

  84. I just “Like”ed you on facebook.

  85. I also just followed you on Twitter and tweeted what you said to tweet.

  86. Either seeded Jewish Rye Bread or Country White slices covered with medium sharp cheese, slices of tomato, heavily buttered on the outside of the bread slices, put in the grill pan with a panini top to grill it to perfection – a cup of homemade cream of roasted tomato soup and I can forget the cold outside.

  87. I love sliced tomatoe, onion and salt and pepper on my grilled cheese sandwich.

  88. I “liked: Love & Olive Oil on Facebook.

  89. This looks so incredible delicious! It look like my lunch for tomorrow.

  90. What a fun giveaway… love their cheeses and BUTTER too! I love the idea of adding jam to grilled cheese!

    My ultimate grilled cheese– mild provolone, arugula, prosciutto and a schmear of cream cheese in there too… on sourdough bread.

  91. I liked you on Facebook

  92. My ultimate grilled cheese sandwich consists of sharp cheddar on sourdough bread, Sprinkle some Tabasco on the cheese before grilling!!!

  93. I use my own sourdough potato bread, or marbled rye, Tillamook cheddar, red pepper flakes or thinly sliced red onion, with fresh cracked pepper on the bread after it is buttered. Next time, I’m going to try the waffle iron, as suggested earlier.

    I’ve never seen the Kerry Gold cheeses, and would love to have the opportunity to try them.

  94. Lots of pickles and 3 different cheeses.

  95. actually, my secret ingredient is a very light layer of Lemonaise. Yu-MMY!

  96. oh, and i’m a fan on FB now!

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