Gourmet grilled cheese with date jam and radicchio

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10 min


25 min


4 Servings

Gourmet grilled cheese with date jam and radicchio

Gourmet grilled cheese with date jam and radicchio.
Photo, Roberto Caruso.

The humble sandwich goes haute. Build a better sandwich with a few fresh ingredients and some creative upgrades.


  • 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
  • 12 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 50 g,
  • Fat
  • 19 g,
  • Fibre
  • 4 g,
  • Sodium
  • 713 mg.