Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Grilled Cheese with Tomato Onion Jam

I recently found out that April is grilled cheese month so I had to figure out a way to highlight one of my favorite quick meals. Although the traditional grilled cheese with tomato soup is a-maz-ing, here is a  recipe that combines the two and makes for a delicious sweet and salty bite.

                                           

Grilled Cheese with Tomato Onion Jam

Serves 6

Tomato Jam:
1 onion, sliced
1 1/2 pounds tomatoes, roughly chopped
6 cloves of garlic, minced
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/3 cup water
2 teaspoons sugar
Salt and pepper, to taste

Method:
1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium high heat. Add the onions and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until golden brown (10-15 minutes).

2. Add the tomatoes, garlic, balsamic, water and sugar. Cook 20 minutes, smashing down the tomatoes to create a thick sauce. Season with salt and pepper.


When it's done it should look like this:

Grilled Cheese:
12 slices Italian bread
Cooking spray
12 slices American or sharp cheddar cheese
Tomato jam

Method:
1. Heat a non-stick pan or griddle over medium heat. Spray each piece of bread with cooking spray.
2. Spread bread lightly with the tomato jam and top with cheese.
3. Cook each sandwich for 1-2 minutes on each side until golden brown.

Flavor city.

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