Iron Chef Grilled Cheese

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 15 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 sandwiches
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4 tablespoons fig jam

8 slices thick-cut brioche bread 

4 tablespoons toasted sliced almonds 

8 slices cooked bacon 

4 slices Gruyere

4 slices Monterey Jack cheese 

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature 

Kosher salt


  1. Preheat a griddle or a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Spread the fig jam on four slices of bread. Top with the almonds, followed by 2 slices of bacon per sandwich, and a slice of each of the cheeses. Spread the butter on the outsides of the sandwiches, then sprinkle with salt.
  2. Griddle the sandwiches on the first side, 5 minutes, then flip, cover with a heatproof metal bowl and cook until golden and the cheese is melted and warmed through, about 5 minutes more.