November 13, 2009

newfangled classic

How's that for an oxymoron on a Friday morning?

There aren't many pairings more traditional than grilled cheese and tomato soup. Having recently made some delectable tomato jam, I decided to combine the two components into one awesome foodstuff.

All hail King Pepperjack!
Oh, and if it saves on dish-washing, I'm all for it.

I simply took some rosemary focaccia bread (sadly, not homemade), added a thick layer of pepperjack (the end-all, be-all of cheeses in my book), and slathered on a hearty helping of that vibrant tomato jam. I melted some butter in my cast-iron skillet and grilled both sides until they were crispy-crunchy and nicely browned. It was awesome, an all-in-one delight--sweet, spicy, gooey, crusty, and chewy. Easy to clean up, too.

Any other suggestions for ways to use my tomato jam? Do tell!

And hey, watch out for black cats and broken mirrors today--it's Friday the 13th!

65 comments:

Barbara said...

Love the combination of goodies on your sandwich, Grace! I'm thinking of putting this in my panini press to get it even more gooey and crunchy. (I made your tomato jam- I am hoarding it.)
Yikes! Forgot it was Friday the 13th.

April in CT said...

My grandmother made and canned a similar jam every year and my favorite way to eat it was on black eyed peas with a side of cornbread. Mmmm, mmmm...I could eat a whole plate of that! That sammic looks fantastic!!

noble pig said...

Oh man, this is a very yummy way to go, my mouth is watering.

kat said...

Great use for that jam!

Jacque said...

Ooh, fun! I love creative, different sandwiches and yours definitely qualifies.

Dawn said...

man that sounds so good right now. I'm trying to write and I keep looking for excuses not to write, but damn how I love these kinds of sammies.

Dolce said...

Love the idea of tomato jam (at first I though you used ketchup! Thanks God you did not!!)
Have you tried working this with a tuna casserole or chicken ?

Cookie baker Lynn said...

My kids love dunking their grilled cheese sandwiches in tomato soup, which drives my husband nuts. Brilliant solution to put the soup into the sandwich!

Julia said...

I love the twists on classic dishes. Well done! I'm in a similar predicament, though I'm trying to use up homemade ketchup. I recently used it with Korean fried chicken, which I bet would also be great with your tomato jam!

Bridgett said...

I am not a fan of grilled cheese but maybe with the pairing of tomato jam and pepper jack, it might change my mind. Your photo is gorgeous!

Ingrid said...

I'm not crazy about anything tomato-y. Maybe if it was combined with some ricotta. For some odd reason I like ricotta with tomato based sauces. Mmmmm!
~ingrid

Hungry Dog said...

I need to get me some of that tomato jam. What a color! The sammie looks great.

oneordinaryday said...

Very clever, Grace!! And I'm with you... the fewer dishes dirtied, the better.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

That must taste great! Nice combo!

Cheers,

Rosa

LilSis said...

We LOVE grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup together! (I thought everyone did!) My husband actually can't have a grilled cheese without the soup. I am going to have to make some of your jam! This looks heavenly to me! I've added a couple of slices of tomato to a grilled cheese before, but this is takes it to a whole new level!

George Gaston said...

Grace for the third & final Friday the 13th for 2009, you have give us a great 'new classic'. I usually like to put tomatoes on my grill cheese, but I bet your tomato jam puts a 'gc' over the moon.

Have you ever tried your tomato jam heated and used as a dipping sauce for french fries? Hey, you never know!

Gloria said...

Your jam look bsolutely georgeous, I have to make it!! xxgloria

kimberleyblue said...

Oh my, that sounds so good. My mouth is seriously watering at the thought (and photo!).

Maybe next time caramelize some onions to throw into that sandwich? That would be my suggestion...mmmmmm.

5 Star Foodie said...

Yum! The cheese sandwich sounds really good with tomato jam!

lisa said...

Wow, I want to taste this! The rosemary focaccia sounds great for this sandwich. Actually, it sounds like a dressed-up grilled cheese that could be cut into little squares and served at a cocktail party.

Pam said...

I love tomato slices in my grilled cheese so I KNOW I would love this sandwich. Mmm good.

Karen said...

Tomato Jam, genius! I'd pair mine with a nice wedge brie on a slice of baguette.

Cheryl said...

YUM that is my #1 favorite comfort food lunch, I wihs I had some of that tomato jam right now on a cracker with pepper jack!

Faith said...

I have got to make that tomato jam! This looks like the best grilled cheese. Ever.

Juliana said...

Yummie sandwich...and love the idea of not have to wash dishes :-)

Leslie said...

Tomato jam?? No ideas here as I have never had it! But it does sound delish!

♥peachkins♥ said...

that sounds really good. i'll have to make me a tomato jam soon...

Lynda said...

My grandmother used to make tomato jam and it was amazing! It was perfect on toast or homemade bisuits. Your classic looks fanastic, especially with the pepperjack!

Catherine said...

Can I have some! This just makes me want to reach into my computer screen and take it! It's quick and easy- love this!

Deborah said...

I've actually never had tomato jam, but now I want some!

Palidor said...

Pepperjack cheese is my favorite too! But it's so gosh darn expensive here. Butter, pepperjack, and tomato jam... Absolutely FABULOUS sandwich.

Barbara said...

BTW Grace: Lovely interview on Duck in Her Pond!

LyB said...

I can imagine that tomato jam in so many things I'll have to get some tomatoes and start cooking! And since a grilled-cheese-anything is my favorite easy lunch, I'll definitely be making one of these very soon. :)

Cheri said...

What a great idea.. the most adventurous I get with my grilled cheese is adding a slab of meat in the middle. ;) I love the color of your tomato jam!

Cafe Fashionista said...

This looks quite yummy. What a clever idea - and yay for easy clean-up! :)

Mimi said...

I'm so sad that I didn't make tomato jam. I won't miss the opportunity next summer. Your sandwich is mouth watering.
Mimi

Stacey said...

What a brilliant combination. I'm getting out my gluten-free bread when I get home and have a ball! :)

blueviolet said...

I came over from the Pond. I have never heard of tomato jam before. Awesome!

Nazarina A said...

Yep! I can definitely feel my quivering lips all over your sandwich creation!I would be eating it in a dark corner before the whole clan wants a piece of it!

Marjie said...

My favorite sandwich is a grilled cheese with tomato on some great bread.

Saw your interview with Duckie; your kittens are precious!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Yummm! I thought it was strawberry jam and mascarpone for a second but I think I might like the sounds of this even more! :D

Helene said...

What a mouthwatering sandwich. Love that melted cheese.

Donna-FFW said...

I love this combination, great take on the classic pairing of grilled cheese/tomato soup. Homemade tomato jam, how I want thee.

Danielle said...

wow...tomato jam? I've never heard of that but heck, why not? and what a great idea to use it with a yummy cheese sammy. shoot, you could use it with just about anything you'd use a tomato on, right? burgers, sliders, ham and cheese.

Elra said...

Just the sound of tomato jam is already a temptation that I cannot resist.

Baking Monster said...

I have never thought of that combination its looks really warm and tasy.mm

Lindsey@pickyeatings said...

Oh pepperjack...I have a love hate relationship with it.

Jacqueline said...

Mmmmmmmm, melty cheese. Always good :)

Sophie said...

I must surely try this lovely combination of yummie flavours!!

MMMMMMM,...Grace!

Cara said...

This sounds delicious! I bet the tomato jam would be excellent with goat cheese or brie cheese too.

shaz said...

Mmm..mm..that tomato "ooze" looks so good. Hhmm, maybe you could use the tomato jam to serve with savoury muffins? Eg, bacon ones?

Sharon said...

I would love this on a turkey panini with gouda cheese. Glad we all survived Friday the 13th!

MaryBeth said...

What an interesting jam this would be...My father in law loves tomatoes so i bet he would love this jam...the sammie would be a big hit also.

Mimi said...

Please stop over at Mimi's Kitchen I have something for you.
Mimi

Emily said...

THAT is the ultimate sandwich. It's hard for me to think of something better than that. You could do some sort of fancy schmancy crostini.

Lisa-Marie said...

YUUUUUUM! You could have it with a baked pepper and some nice crumbly, melty cheese?

TKW said...

Tomato jam---yum! I'd definitely eat that sandwich...with a huge slab of bacon on top!

Maria said...

Great creation here!

Paula said...

I swooned when I saw this. I mean I literally swooned! This is awesome! Regarding recipe suggestions, I strongly suspect that I would probably just eat the jam right out of the jar, spoonful after spoonful, without any inhibition. When it comes to tomatoes, I'm bad that way. Very, very bad. :-)

Abby said...

Greatest idea EVER.

Lori said...

Cheese crackers with tomato jam-----yum!
THis sounds so easy and excellent! Very creative!

Lisa said...

Sounds like a great combination! How does the tomato jam differ from a premium ketchup? I've never tried it but it sounds interesting.

nora@ffr said...

Wow that really looks heartwarminly delicouious

Robin Sue said...

That IS the perfect use for tomato jam, and pepperjack cheese, can't beat that!

Teanna said...

Awesome, awesome gourmet sandwich! A brilliant pairing!