Thursday, November 17, 2011

Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Spicy Chili Jam

I have had an idea in my head for quite a while. Over the weekend, finally the inspiration unfolded for the idea and brought it full circle. I am excited to share with all of you, a new feature for Authentic Suburban Gourmet titled – “Simply Divine”. Each week I will share and highlight food and recipes that are both uncomplicated and tasty.

For those of you that know me, you will often hear me exclaim if something is tasty, fabulous or just plain great - that it is “Divine”. The word divine will often be followed by a twist of my wrist with the index finger pointing to the sky while expressing my delight. If something is “really” divine, then it gets a “double divine” while both wrists are twisting.

Do you ever eat something that has just a few simple ingredients but the combinations of flavors are simply amazing? It could be as simple as Nutella spread over a piece of toast with thin slices of banana garnishing the top or a bowl of al dente pasta with melted butter and freshly grated parmesan cheese. I bet you are picking up what I am putting down. Quite frequently, the simple things in life are often the best things in life. Simply Divine subscribes to that philosophy.

{ Photo from Inna Jam Website }

A classic grilled cheese sandwich is one of life’s simple pleasures. With its warm gooey cheese to the buttery crunch of the grilled bread, it just puts a smile on your face when you take your first bite and each one after. Hubby and I ventured to Costco on Friday night to pick up our household essentials plus more. One of the “plus more” items was right out of the oven, Roasted Garlic Ciabatta Bread. With two loaves, I had to be creative with utilizing. One of our favorite snacks is a grilled cheese sandwich and it was time to bring it up a few levels.

I sliced the roasted garlic ciabatta about half inch thick and spread butter on each side and let melt on the griddle pan. Next I layered with a deli slice of jarlsburg cheese and spread my newest find – Inna Jam – Spicy Fresno Chile flavor. The next step was to put the two slices together and grilled until both sides were golden brown and the cheese is completely melted. If you have not had Inna’s jam yet, I highly encourage you to purchase. The flavors are amazing, creative and delish.

I look forward to sharing more “Simply Divine” posts with all of you!


  1. What a great idea for a series and this is a perfect post to kick it off! This does look like a supreme example of a grilled cheese sandwich!

  2. Love it Lisa -but all your recipes are simply Devine and in the Delish category to me! Also love the wall of jams - you always inspire my dear;-)

  3. I'm not sure which looks better at the moment, this sandwich or the brie cups. I love chutneys. But spicy jam, I'd say Divine. Hope you are enjoying your weekend.

  4. pepper jelly is one of my favorite condiments of all time, and this is so similar to that. good lordy, i want some!


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