12 ounces cheddar cheese
4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
8 sandwich-size slices sourdough bread
6 tablespoons Tomato Jam (page 148)
Using the very small holes of a box grater or other similar-size grating device, finely grate 6 ounces of the cheddar. Place the
cheese in a small bowl. Add the butter and, using the back of a
fork, mash the mixture until the cheese is well incorporated into the butter.
Using the large holes of a box grater or other similar-size grating device, grate the remaining cheese.
To assemble: Spread the cheddar-butter mixture on one side of each of the bread slices. Place 4 slices of bread, buttered side
down, on your work surface. Spread 1 1/2 tablespoons of jam on each slice. Distribute the cheese, and top with the remaining bread slices, buttered side up.
For stovetop method: Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium
heat for 2 minutes. Put the sandwiches into the pan, cover, and
cook for 3 to 4 minutes, until golden brown. Turn the sandwiches, pressing each one firmly with a spatula to flatten slightly. Cover and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until the undersides are well browned (watch carefully because the cheese on the outside of the bread can darken quickly). Turn the sandwiches once more, press firmly with the spatula again, cook for 1 minute, and remove from the pan. Let cool for 5 minutes.Cut in half and serve.
For sandwich maker method: Preheat the sandwich maker. Follow
directions for assembly above. Cook according to manufacturer’s
6 large ripe tomatoes (about 1½ pounds) peeled, seeded, and
coarsely chopped (use Roma tomatoes if it isn’t tomato season)
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2 1/2 tablespoons sugar (if you’re making this in the middle of tomato season when tomatoes are at their sweetest, reduce the
sugar by 1 to 2 teaspoons)
Place all the ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-low
heat. The mixture should bubble ever so slightly but not boil.
Cook for about 1 hour, or until the jam has thickened and most
of the liquid has evaporated. Let cool. (You can make this up to 1 week in advance. Store in the refrigerator.)
Grilled Cheese, Please!