Bacon Jam Avocado Grilled Cheese (and a Land O’Lakes Giveaway!)

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This post has a lot going on. Like a lot, a lot. It started off with a simple bacon jam. If you can call a bacon jam simple. Which, besides the fact that it’s super simple to make, I’m not so sure you can. But you can definitely call it awesome. Don’t be scared of the name. We could always call it a “bacon spread,” but that sounds sort of off, too. I just know that I’ve had Martha Stewart’s bacon jam recipe bookmarked on my computer for well over a year. And finally decided I needed to make it happen. Make this. I don’t think there’s any way you’ll ever regret having a mason jar full of bacon jam in your fridge.

This post also contains a grilled cheese. With avocado. AND a giveaway! When Land O’Lakes reached out to me about a Cheese Chatter webinar and Twitter chat they were holding, I joined in to chat about cheese on what was one of the most fabulous Twitter chats I’ve participated in. I, unfortunately, missed the webinar but you can still watch it and get some great ideas for party foods you can make with Land O’Lakes cheese! Just beware you’ll get majorly jealous that you don’t work in their test kitchen, inventing cheese-packed recipes on a daily basis.

They also offered to send me and let me give away a few fun “cheesy” items to one of you! I wanted to correspond the giveaway with a post involving LOL cheese (yes, I enjoy calling it LOL cheese). The thing is, I’m not a huge fan of American cheese and wanted to try a different kind. Land O’Lakes actually has a huge variety of cheese, but apparently not at my grocery stores. I finally found a variety pack, which included provolone and colby, so I jumped on it for a decadent grilled cheese. With bacon jam. Which brings this post full circle.

Bacon jam. Cheese. Giveaway. That’s all you need to know.

Bacon Jam Avocado Grilled Cheese:
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  • 4 slices good bread
  • 1/2 T butter
  • 4 slices cheese of your choice (I used Land O’Lakes colby and provolone)
  • 1/4 C bacon jam (see recipe below)
  • 1/2 avocado, peeled and sliced
  • 1/4 C arugula

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Bacon Jam:
Adapted from MarthaStewart.com
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  • 1 1/2 pounds sliced bacon, chopped into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large yellow onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1/2 C apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 C packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1/4 C maple syrup
  • 3/4 C brewed coffee

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Cook the chopped bacon in a large skillet over medium-high heat, making sure to stir a bit, until bacon is slightly browned. This should take about 20 minutes or so.

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Then remove the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate with a slotted spoon.

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Save 1 tablespoon of that lovely bacon fat in your skillet and add the chopped onions and garlic to it. Sauté for about 5 minutes, until onions are translucent.

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Then add the apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, maple syrup, and coffee to the skillet.

Bring to a boil and use a wooden spoon to scrape up all the delicious brown bits from the bottom of the pan.

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After about two minutes, add the bacon back to the pan and stir.

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Now put the mixture into your 6-quart slow cooker and cook on high uncovered, for about 3 1/2 to 4 hours.

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3 1/2 hours of having my apartment smell like a bacon heaven? Don’t mind if I do. What is a bacon heaven? I have no idea, but I think I want to go there.

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You can tell the mixture is becoming jam-like!

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After the bacon mixture is done in the slow cooker, transfer it to a food processor (yes, you dirty a lot of appliances making this jam, but it’s SO worth it!).

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Pulse in the food processor until the mixture is coarsely chopped.

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Let the mixture cool (yup, torture!) and then refrigerate in airtight containers (I used mason jars) and refrigerate for up to 4 weeks. But it won’t last that long. Because you’ll probably eat it with a spoon. And then force yourself to make something like a grilled cheese sandwich, so you don’t feel totally disgusting about yourself.

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The grilled cheese part is even easier than the bacon jam part. Simply spread butter on one side of all four slices of your bread. Place bread butter-side down in a skillet over medium-low heat. Place a slice of cheese on each slice of bread and top each slice with a little bit of bacon jam.

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Pile some avocado slices on one side.

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Toss some arugula on the avocado and place the other slice of bread over the top.

Let grilled cheese brown and then flip over to brown on other side.

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Slice and serve. Unless you’re the kind of person that doesn’t have to cut a sandwich in half before eating it. Like my husband. I can’t fully enjoy my sandwiches, and especially grilled cheeses, unless they’re sliced in half!

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There’s not really a whole lot I can say about this grilled cheese sandwich that you don’t already know. I mean, cheese, bacon jam, and avocado. Those three words say it all.

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I know, I know. I ignored the arugula. But I LOVE arugula and think it makes most anything better. You don’t have to add it to this sandwich, but I highly recommend it. Plus you can kind of sort of pretend you’re doing something healthy if you add arugula. These are the rules of life I follow.

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And adding two kinds of cheese. Always a good decision.

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Is it bad that I just decided I want to mix the bacon jam into an ice cream? I mean, I’m sure people have done worse with bacon. And you have to admit, a nice vanilla ice cream with bacon jam topping sounds pretty perfect. No? Then I’ll just sit in a corner by myself with a giant bowl of it.

Land O’Lakes Giveaway!

Now it’s your turn to win from Land O’Lakes! They’ll be sending one lucky WANM reader an Emile Henry Pizza Stone (to make lots of cheesy pizza!), a large white serving platter from Crate & Barrel (to arrange a beautiful cheese platter!), a LOL grocery bag (to carry all your cheese home from the store!), and a coupon to try their cheese (to purchase that cheese!):

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All you have to do is tell me what kind of LOL cheese you’d love to try. I think I need to get my hands on the provolone with smoke flavor! Submit your comment by Friday, March 1 at  11:59 p.m. and you’ll be entered to win. For extra entries, 1) follow WANM on Twitter and 2) tweet about this giveaway!

Good luck! And please, make yourself some bacon jam.

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Disclosure: I was provided with my own gift pack and received a recording of an informational webinar from Land O’Lakes. As always, all opinions are my own!

81 Comments

  • Erin W said:

    Definitely the four cheese Italian blend!

    February 27, 2013 11:14 am
  • Rachel said:

    Ok, no joke, I just make that bacon jam and grilled cheese sandwiches for my boyfriend for Valentines Day! Now I make and sell bacon jam! LOL NY Hot Pepper is my FAVORITE! But you can never go wrong with Extra Sharp Cheddar for grilled cheese!

    February 27, 2013 11:22 am
  • Holy cow, that looks amazing.
    I’d like to try the hot pepper cheese.

    February 27, 2013 11:31 am
  • And I follow on twitter!

    February 27, 2013 11:32 am
  • Jalapeno Jack would be my fave for sure! Yumm…

    I need to make this bacon jam. Weekend project, methinks!

    February 27, 2013 11:34 am
  • CMH said:

    Why are all these delicious cheeses not available at my grocery store?!?!? I would love to try the hot pepper, jalapeno jack, smoked provolone…the list goes on and on!

    February 27, 2013 12:02 pm
  • Joanne said:

    I am definitely craving a major grilled cheese in my life after reading this. Swoon!! And I agree with you – smoked provolone = YES.

    February 27, 2013 12:04 pm
  • Elle said:

    Hot pepper Monterey Jack cheese!

    The bacon jam looks amazing. I need to make it STAT.

    I tweeted the giveaway @lifeinbrief

    February 27, 2013 12:07 pm
  • Ashley said:

    Ah-mazing. Must make bacon jam immediately. I know a bunch of people who would flip out if I shared it with them (we’ll see if I have the willpower).
    I’d try the hot pepper or pepper jack cheeses. I love the heat!

    February 27, 2013 12:10 pm
  • Marcie said:

    Provolone

    February 27, 2013 12:16 pm
  • Molly said:

    Yum! Too hard to pick just one…but I think the Jalapeno Jack is high on the list!

    February 27, 2013 12:23 pm
  • i need to make this jam!! i’d love to try their 4 cheese italian blend. yumm!

    February 27, 2013 12:23 pm
  • i follow you on twitter.

    February 27, 2013 12:25 pm
  • Marcie said:

    Twitter follower

    February 27, 2013 12:26 pm
  • sara said:

    Ok, that sandwich looks AMAZING!! And I totally need a pizza stone…awesome giveaway! The cheese I’d want to try is the 4 cheese Italian blend…perfect for topping a pizza!

    February 27, 2013 12:37 pm
  • Yum! I loooove bacon jam and need to make more soon. I put in burgers and on pizza but somehow didn’t use it for grilled cheese. genius.

    February 27, 2013 12:45 pm
  • Alison said:

    For sure the extra sharp cheddar – for sandwiches, pasta, and pizza!

    February 27, 2013 1:00 pm
  • I would LOVE to try the Jalapeno Jack cheese- I love anything spicy!

    February 27, 2013 1:04 pm
  • Melissa said:

    I won’t be eating lunch for about another hour and my mouth is watering!! That looks so good. I would like to try LOL’s smoked provolone because smoked cheese is my kryptonite and I would eat it all in one sitting.

    February 27, 2013 1:09 pm
  • Maria said:

    Cheddarella! What the what? Hows about a Philly Cheese steak with Cheddarella, jalapenos and bacon jam? I need this in my life, stat!

    February 27, 2013 1:50 pm
  • Marie said:

    Grilled cheese is always a go to meal in my house, and I’m always looking for a way to spice it up a bit. I’m still a bit hesitant about the bacon jam, but I love bacon, so i’ll have to give it a try. BLT grilled cheese … yum!!

    An old roommate got me hooked on Muenster cheese while we were living together and now I can’t get enough of it!!! What a fun giveaway.

    February 27, 2013 1:57 pm
  • This sandwich with the combo of sweet and savory looks pretty darn fabulous! YUM! I make one a bit similar!http://www.skinnymommy.com/2011/12/sweet-and-spicy-smoked-turkey-and-blackberry-panini.html

    February 27, 2013 2:16 pm
  • This looks like the most heavenly sandwich! I love different varieties of grilled cheese!

    February 27, 2013 2:22 pm
  • Isabella531 said:

    I love making pizza at home and would love to try the 4 cheese italian blend.

    February 27, 2013 2:34 pm
  • brooke v. said:

    hot pepper!

    February 27, 2013 2:41 pm
  • Dana said:

    hot pepper or jalapeño jack! yum

    February 27, 2013 2:53 pm
  • Emily said:

    I’d love to try the Jalepeno Jack!

    February 27, 2013 4:51 pm
  • Tasha said:

    Hot pepper cheese sounds awesome.

    And my husband and I are the same. He never cuts a sandwich in half, and it’s bizarre to me. I can’t eat it not cut in half!

    February 27, 2013 4:55 pm
  • Lisa Brown said:

    i like the LOL Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

    February 27, 2013 5:48 pm
  • Kelly D said:

    I would like the Smoked Provolone cheese.

    February 27, 2013 6:26 pm
  • Kelly D said:

    I follow you on twitter(Kellysaver)

    February 27, 2013 6:28 pm
  • katelin said:

    one. the bacon jam looks amazing! i’ll definitely need to give that a try.

    and two, i want to try the four cheese blend, mmmmm.

    February 27, 2013 7:07 pm
  • Lexi said:

    Bacon JAM?!!? mind blown! this is a must-make. MUST MAKE!!!

    Oh, and chedarella?! that sounds SO fun!

    February 27, 2013 7:57 pm
  • Carol said:

    Extra sharp cheddar for sure

    February 27, 2013 7:59 pm
  • Sarah said:

    I’d love to try the jalapeno jack or the smoked provolone!

    February 27, 2013 9:46 pm
  • Anie said:

    Mozzarella – I use it on EVERYTHING :)

    February 27, 2013 9:54 pm
  • Anie said:

    I follow you on Twitter

    February 27, 2013 9:56 pm
  • Anie said:

    And, I tweeted too!

    February 27, 2013 9:56 pm
  • manda said:

    I would love the smoked one too.

    February 27, 2013 9:59 pm
  • Steel Springs said:

    Wow…bacon jam! I think that my husband would love that. I’d like to try the havarti.

    February 27, 2013 10:03 pm
  • Steel Springs said:

    I follow you on Twitter (@runsteelsprings).

    February 27, 2013 10:08 pm
  • Elizabeth said:

    Extra sharp cheddar! I made some macaroni and cheese for dinner that was AWESOME but needed a little more sharp cheddar in it.

    February 27, 2013 10:15 pm
  • Patricia Crowley said:

    I’d love to try the 4 cheese Italian blend!

    February 27, 2013 10:44 pm
  • Jessica F said:

    I’d like to try jalapeno jack cheese

    February 27, 2013 10:51 pm
  • Jessica F said:

    I’m following WANM on twitter @jfong1130

    February 27, 2013 10:51 pm
  • Jessica F said:
    February 27, 2013 10:52 pm
  • Yum! I’d love to try that provolone with smoke flavor.

    February 27, 2013 11:32 pm
  • Debbie said:

    The Chedarella sounds intriguing … I think I would like to try that. Love your blog!

    February 28, 2013 12:21 am
  • Maggie said:

    I would have to try provolone..that’s one of my favorite sandwich cheeses!

    February 28, 2013 1:30 am
  • Noel said:

    Provolone for sure

    February 28, 2013 6:32 am
  • Jenn said:

    Oh my word… what a decadent sandwich… mmmmm, bacon jam!!!!
    Great giveaway too… I want to try their Jalapeno Jack… I’m a suck for anything with Jalapenos…… oh.. and bacon :)

    February 28, 2013 8:40 am
  • Jill said:

    I would definitely want to try the jalapeno jack with the bacon jam in a grilled cheese…yum!

    February 28, 2013 11:21 am
  • Megan said:

    Seriously want this sandwich right now! And I have never seen those cheese variety packs. Love it. (No need to enter me in the giveaway because I already have the prize pack, just needed to say how awesome that sandwich looks.)

    February 28, 2013 11:34 am
  • Can we be best friends so you can make me this sandwich every day?? Ugh – I gave up bread for lent and this will absolutely be the first thing I make once I can eat it again!!! Also – my husband’s favorite cheese in the world is LOL American. Heh. I’d love to get my hands on their jalapeno cheese please.

    February 28, 2013 12:06 pm
  • Susan Christy said:

    Pepper Jack is my favorite!

    February 28, 2013 1:02 pm
  • kathy said:

    LOL has a new italian blend thats sliced at the deli. With sundried tomato spread,arugula and cruchy bread-thats a panini to try!

    February 28, 2013 1:05 pm
  • Julie said:

    4 cheese italian blend-i love their cheese
    thanks for the giveaway

    February 28, 2013 1:09 pm
  • kimz said:

    Boring as this answer is, I’d like to try the 30% Less Sodium cheese. Always on the lookout for cheese with less sodium, especially if you can’t tell!

    February 28, 2013 1:48 pm
  • Monique said:

    Bacon Jam is SO ADDICTING. This sandwich would be the death of me.

    February 28, 2013 2:45 pm
  • Bex said:

    Not that I am one to choose only one cheese EVER, but I’d like to try the hot pepper cheese!

    February 28, 2013 2:58 pm
  • Bex said:

    And I follow you on Twitter. :-)

    February 28, 2013 2:59 pm
  • Jen said:

    The provolone with smoke flavor sounds AMAZING!!!

    February 28, 2013 4:07 pm
  • Shannon said:

    i have been wanting to make bacon jam for forever!! this looks soooo good. seriously drooling!

    February 28, 2013 5:42 pm
  • Melissa said:

    smoke provolone

    February 28, 2013 5:46 pm
  • Pippa said:

    oh yum! Bacon jam sounds incredible.

    February 28, 2013 7:43 pm
  • joan said:

    Sharp cheddar please. :)
    I just said to my husband that we need to eat more avocado. And with bacon…oh yes!

    February 28, 2013 7:50 pm
  • Danielle T said:

    i want to try the extra sharp cheddar

    February 28, 2013 8:09 pm
  • Abby said:

    I would love to try the muenster.

    February 28, 2013 8:50 pm
  • Vera K said:

    I would like to try the hot pepper cheese.

    February 28, 2013 9:26 pm
  • Christina said:

    I wouldn’t be able to eat a sandwich if it wasn’t sliced in half. Like it would go everywhere. And Martha totes knows her jams–her red onion jam is on point. Aaaand I’d love to try the hot pepper cheese or this 4-cheese blend they’ve got going on!

    February 28, 2013 10:39 pm
  • Odetta said:

    Seriously? Bacon jam? Sold!!! I want to try the pepper jack LOL cheese!

    February 28, 2013 11:41 pm
  • Vee said:

    Would love the jalapeno jack cheese

    March 1, 2013 3:38 am
  • LisaR. said:

    I Love Swiss Cheese!! I just had my middle of the night fix and ate the last piece from the refridg. – Yum!

    March 1, 2013 5:27 am
  • Bethenney said:

    Swiss cheese

    March 1, 2013 7:00 am
  • Erica said:

    Somewhere, my husband is drooling over this sandwich (without even knowing it exists!). What a combo. I’d like to try the jalapeno jack!

    March 1, 2013 12:26 pm
  • Carolyn said:

    I want to try the Sharp American cheese

    March 1, 2013 4:54 pm
  • Eileen said:

    This looks so good. Bacon, avocado and cheese= heaven. I would like to try the land o lakes hot pepper cheese.

    March 1, 2013 5:02 pm
  • Eileen said:

    and i follow on twitter

    March 1, 2013 5:03 pm
  • Julie said:

    follow on twitter- @aunteegem

    March 1, 2013 8:45 pm
  • Lucie said:

    I made these tonight for dinner – the bacon jam was DELISH. We’ve thought of a few other uses. :) I think it would be good in a sandwich with the jalapeno jack!

    March 2, 2013 12:51 am

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