Grilled Herbed Cheese with Apples and Fig Jam

Menu PartSandwich/Wrap
Cuisine TypeFrench

Jeremy Lett

Corporate executive chef

Bloomin’ Brands

Tampa, Fla.

Grilled cheese sandwiches are a menu must-have in many operations. Corporate executive chef Jeremy Lett of Bloomin’ Brands differentiates this one with house-made fig jam and creamy herbed cheese. Crisp apple slices add texture and arugula, a peppery note. The combo will appeal to the adventurous grilled cheese fan.


Fig jam

6 oz. dried Mission figs, diced (remove stems)

1 cup water

1 cup sugar

2 tbsp. lemon juice

Pinch ground black pepper


2 slices sourdough bread

2 tbsp. fig jam (recipe above)

5 to 6 thin slices Granny Smith apple

2 ½ oz. gournay cheese with garlic and fines herbs

1 tbsp. unsalted butter


  1. For fig jam, combine figs, water, sugar and lemon juice in small saucepan; bring to a boil.   Reduce to a simmer and cook 10 minutes, until figs are softened. Allow to cool.
  2. In food processor, place cooled figs; puree. Add black pepper and stir. Cool and store refrigerated.
  3. For sandwich: spread 1 tablespoon fig jam on bottom piece of sourdough bread. Top with apples, then arugula. Spread the gournay cheese on second piece of bread and close the sandwich.
  4. In small, nonstick pan over medium heat, melt butter. Place sandwich in pan to coat one side with butter; flip it and cook until bottom piece of bread is toasted. Flip and cook the other side. To serve, slice diagonally in half.

Photo courtesy of Boursin Professional/Bel Brands

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