Grilled Cheese with Bacon-Date Jam

Sweeten things up by adding dates to your grilled cheese. Plus plenty of bacon for good measure!
Publish date:
Grilled Cheese with Bacon-Date Jam

Recipe by Sarah Tenaglia

Start to Finish: 25 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 4 slices uncured bacon, chopped

  • 8 oz. chopped dried Medjool dates

  • 1/2 cup finely chopped shallots

  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

  • 8 slices of sourdough bread

  • 8 oz. shredded fontina

  • 4 tbsp. butter


In nonstick skillet, cook bacon over medium-high until crispy, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in dates, shallots, vinegar, and 1 cup water. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes; season jam with pepper. Spread 4 slices of bread with 2 tbsp. jam each. Top with cheese and remaining bread. In large skillet, melt butter over medium. Cook sandwiches until toasted, about 3 minutes per side. Refrigerate remaining jam for up to 2 weeks.