Now I am going to discuss a few of the enhanced elements added to tonight's sampling platter. First off,.. two words.. BACON JAM. No, you didn't not mistake what I said. Seriously, when I bought this stuff from Trader Joe's I was a little hesitant. But then tonight, I took the leap, and boy was I not disappointed. This stuff is amazing and paired with a sliced Vermont Cheddar.... one word...... Delicious.
The second element was using Amour Spreads Tomato Jam. I'm in love with this stuff. Not too sweet, with subtle hints of cumin. This jam pairs with eggs and toast, and well just about everything. Tonight, I combined it was a dill Havarti, and the little one was licking her fingers by the end.
Now my third element was sliced avocado. As I sat there looking at my ingredients, I had an AH HA moment. I am making a BAT grilled cheese. What's that you ask? Well my dear friends, that would be a Bacon, Avocado, and Tomato sandwich. No words to describe this combo, only the guilt of, "did I really just take an extra helping?"
Now I will give you a little hint of something that I discovered. And I need you to promise me right now that there will be no shaking of heads, or "I'm not trying that". Because as I have mentioned before, the little one will try anything once, so it is a good lesson to live by. I use Mayo (not miracle whip... shaking head) instead of butter. First off, it is so much easier to spread, secondly it always leaves an amazing golden crust on the sandwich. Plus, if we are going to break down mayo into ingredients, you are using an oil (fat) so why not give it a try. I promise you it is like NOS for your grilled cheese (a nice extra boost).
Anyway, I hope that you can try out your own flavors and combinations. This is great to see what you have and experiment with different tastes. A raspberry jam and gouda cheese would probably be amazing, but alas, that may be for another night.