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

February 27, 2013

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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!

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81 Responses to "Bacon Jam Avocado Grilled Cheese (and a Land O’Lakes Giveaway!)"

  1. Erin W says:

    Definitely the four cheese Italian blend!

  2. Rachel says:

    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!

  3. Holy cow, that looks amazing.
    I’d like to try the hot pepper cheese.

  4. And I follow on twitter!

  5. Jalapeno Jack would be my fave for sure! Yumm…

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

  6. CMH says:

    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!

  7. Joanne says:

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

  8. Elle says:

    Hot pepper Monterey Jack cheese!

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

    I tweeted the giveaway @lifeinbrief

  9. Ashley says:

    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!

  10. Marcie says:

    Provolone

  11. Molly says:

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

  12. i need to make this jam!! i’d love to try their 4 cheese italian blend. yumm!

  13. Marcie says:

    Twitter follower

  14. sara says:

    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!

  15. 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.

  16. Alison says:

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

  17. I would LOVE to try the Jalapeno Jack cheese- I love anything spicy!

  18. Melissa says:

    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.

  19. Maria says:

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

  20. Marie says:

    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.

  21. 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

  22. This looks like the most heavenly sandwich! I love different varieties of grilled cheese!

  23. Isabella531 says:

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

  24. brooke v. says:

    hot pepper!

  25. Dana says:

    hot pepper or jalapeño jack! yum

  26. Emily says:

    I’d love to try the Jalepeno Jack!

  27. Tasha says:

    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!

  28. Lisa Brown says:

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

  29. Kelly D says:

    I would like the Smoked Provolone cheese.

  30. Kelly D says:

    I follow you on twitter(Kellysaver)

  31. katelin says:

    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.

  32. Lexi says:

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

    Oh, and chedarella?! that sounds SO fun!

  33. Carol says:

    Extra sharp cheddar for sure

  34. Sarah says:

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

  35. Anie says:

    Mozzarella – I use it on EVERYTHING 🙂

  36. Anie says:

    I follow you on Twitter

  37. Anie says:

    And, I tweeted too!

  38. manda says:

    I would love the smoked one too.

  39. Steel Springs says:

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

  40. Steel Springs says:

    I follow you on Twitter (@runsteelsprings).

  41. Elizabeth says:

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

  42. Patricia Crowley says:

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

  43. Jessica F says:

    I’d like to try jalapeno jack cheese

  44. Jessica F says:

    I’m following WANM on twitter @jfong1130

  45. Yum! I’d love to try that provolone with smoke flavor.

  46. Debbie says:

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

  47. Maggie says:

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

  48. Noel says:

    Provolone for sure

  49. Jenn says:

    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 🙂

  50. Jill says:

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

  51. Megan says:

    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.)

  52. 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.

  53. Susan Christy says:

    Pepper Jack is my favorite!

  54. kathy says:

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

  55. Julie says:

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

  56. kimz says:

    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!

  57. Monique says:

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

  58. Bex says:

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

  59. Bex says:

    And I follow you on Twitter. 🙂

  60. Jen says:

    The provolone with smoke flavor sounds AMAZING!!!

  61. Shannon says:

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

  62. Melissa says:

    smoke provolone

  63. Pippa says:

    oh yum! Bacon jam sounds incredible.

  64. joan says:

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

  65. Danielle T says:

    i want to try the extra sharp cheddar

  66. Abby says:

    I would love to try the muenster.

  67. Vera K says:

    I would like to try the hot pepper cheese.

  68. Christina says:

    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!

  69. Odetta says:

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

  70. Vee says:

    Would love the jalapeno jack cheese

  71. LisaR. says:

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

  72. Bethenney says:

    Swiss cheese

  73. Erica says:

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

  74. Carolyn says:

    I want to try the Sharp American cheese

  75. Eileen says:

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

  76. Eileen says:

    and i follow on twitter

  77. Julie says:

    follow on twitter- @aunteegem

  78. Lucie says:

    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!

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