Born, Bred and Valley Fed: It’s not just comfort food anymore

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This last week and weekend provided many opportunities for feasting and good food. Probably the biggest and most important reason most people celebrated was Easter. Traditionally, it is a time to gather with family and friends and celebrate the risen Christ and all things springtime. While I did not have a traditional Easter dinner, I did feast this weekend on some BBQ made by my brother.

While many recipes shared on Easter dinners could easily be made again, I’m not here to talk about that feast. Instead, I will focus on a recipe and dish that I whipped up last week to celebrate a different cause, mainly, grilled cheese sandwiches! That’s right, last week I celebrated National Grilled Cheese day.

I wouldn’t say that I long for grilled cheese sandwiches, or even rank them in my top five foods. However, I cannot deny I enjoy a good grilled cheese, and while I feel this is typically a comfort food to eat in cooler weather, when the opportunity presented itself recently, I was happy to indulge.

In order to make this special, I did not just want to have a plain grilled cheese sandwich with cheese and bread, so I decided to spice things up (literally and figuratively) after finding inspiration online. The final result was a great pairing of a little sweet and little savory that made for one epic sandwich.

Following is the recipe I used for a tasty blackberry jam and bacon grilled cheese sandwich. I chose to pair mine with some tomato basil soup, but you could easily swap that out for a salad or eat it a la carte.

Ingredients:

Sourdough bread

Pepper jack cheese or Swiss cheese (depending on how much kick you want)

Jalapeños

Bacon

Blackberry jam

Soup or salad

Directions:

1). Cook up your bacon until nice and crispy.

2). Butter each bread slice, place cheese on one slice of bread while spreading the jam on the other slice.  Add in bacon and jalapeños and put together.

3).  Place buttered side of bread down in medium/high skillet and cook until golden brown (about 2-3 minutes). Flip and repeat on the other side of the bread.

4). Serve up with soup, salad, or by itself.

I really enjoyed this meal and it was easy to make. It’s perfect for a Sunday evening relaxing at home with family or friends. Hope you give it a try and let me know what you think of this combo, or get really adventurous and make up your own!