Grilled cheese with fig jam & pear

In recipe on April 3, 2010 at 8:04 am

There are few things that even the most basic cook can make with confidence. Usually, microwaveable meals from Trader Joe’s top that list, but there would typically be toast. MAYBE scrambled eggs. And definitely a grilled cheese.

Grilled cheese is fast and delicious, and beloved by (most) fussy children. I know I made a lot when I was baby-sitting (that and mac & cheese. Are picky eaters soothed by the color orange? Discuss).

But a grilled cheese sandwich may also become a more sophisticated version of itself. (Like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman? Maybe.) I love the sweet of the fig and pear with the savory of the cheese and ham.

I found this recipe in Fitness magazine, which assured me that it was “guilt free” and, no matter how much I veer off from their recipe, I’m going to promote it as such. Here it is! Your classy, adult, wine-drinking, New Yorker reading, grilled cheese.

Grilled cheese with fig jam, pear & ham (Adapted from Fitness Magazine)

  • 2 slices whole wheat bread
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or butter
  • fig jam
  • 1 ounces shredded mozzarella (let’s say skim)
  • 1 small pear, or 1/2 a large pear, sliced
  • 2 slices ham (optional)

1. Spread fig jam on one side of slice of bread. Add sliced pear, cheese, and ham, if desired. Add other slice of bread. Brush outsides of slices lightly with olive oil or spread butter on top.

2. Preheat pan (preferably nonstick) over medium heat.  Add sandwich, and cook for 3 minutes, each side, until nicely browned. Note: if cheese is not melting, turn heat down and press sandwich with spatula, letting cook for a few more minutes until cheese is oozy and delicious.

Grilled cheese with fig jam, pear, and ham

Also consider trying

  • Dijon mustard
  • turkey
  • apple
  • other types of jam
  • other types of cheese, including Havarti

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  1. so drool-worthy. I literally ate this almost every night for a couple of weeks!

  2. This is some crack. I think a grilled cheese, no matter how sheeshy it is made, requires two ingredients: white bread, and cheddar cheese. Add ham if you want a “ham toasty”. Add this other froofy yuppy stuff like “fruit” and “213 grain bread”, and we’re in a whole other food group.

    Then again, I don’t read the New Yorker so there you go!

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