Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Fig Jam

Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Fig Jam
Yield: 4 sandwiches Active Time 15 mins Total Time 30 mins


  • 6 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 8 thick slices sourdough bread
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened
  • 4 tablespoons fig jam, divided
  • 8 thick slices (about 6 oz.) sharp cheddar
  • Tomato soup, for serving

Make It

1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Arrange bacon on a foil-lined baking sheet and cook until crisp, about 20 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain. Once bacon is cool, break each piece in half. Reduce oven heat to 225 degrees F, and get out a baking sheet.

2. While bacon cooks, begin assembling sandwiches. Generously spread one side of each bread slice with butter. Flip half of the slices and spread the other side with 1 Tbs. jam.

3. Warm a large, heavy skillet over medium heat. Place two of the butter-only slices butter-side down in the pan. Layer each with 2 slices cheese and 3 pieces bacon, then top with a jam-and-butter slice, jam-side down. Grill the sandwiches until golden brown on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer sandwiches to baking sheet, and place in oven to keep warm. Repeat assembly and grilling steps with remaining ingredients. Serve with tomato soup.

Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 555, Fat, total (g): 34, sat. fat (g): 18, carb. (g): 41, fiber (g): 1, sugar (g): 12, pro. (g): 21, sodium (mg): 1006, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.