Gourmet Grilled Cheese With Bacon, Date Jam And Radicchio


  • Prep Time10 mins
  • Total Time25 mins
  • Makes4 Servings
Gourmet Grilled Cheese With Bacon, Date Jam And Radicchio

(Photo: Roberto Caruso)

Chatelaine Triple Tested

Grilled cheese gets a haute upgrade with thick sourdough, bacon, date jam and blue cheese.


  • 2/3 cup grated mozzarella

  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese

  • 3 tbsp butter

  • 2/3 cup roughly chopped pitted dates, preferably Medjool

  • 1 shallot, sliced

  • 1 tbsp red-wine vinegar

  • 4 slices bacon

  • 4 thick slices sourdough bread

  • 4 to 8 leaves radicchio


  • Combine mozzarella and blue cheese in a medium bowl. Set aside.

  • Melt 2 tbsp butter in a large non-stick frying pan over medium. Add dates and shallot. Season with pepper. Cook until shallot is soft, about 2 min. Add 1/3 cup water and vinegar. Continue cooking until liquids are absorbed and dates are soft, 1 to 2 more min. Transfer to a small bowl.

  • Wipe pan clean with paper towels, then set over medium. Cook bacon until crispy, about 5 min. Discard fat and wipe pan clean.

  • Spread date mixture over all 4 slices of bread. Layer bacon, cheese and radicchio on 2 slices and sandwich with remaining bread. Spread remaining butter on the outside of each sandwich.

  • Cook sandwiches in frying pan over medium-low, until bread is golden, about 4 min per side. Cut each sandwich in half.

Nutrition (per serving)

Calories 405, Protein 12g, Carbohydrates 50g, Fat 19g, Fibre 4g, Sodium 713mg.

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