Monday, May 7, 2012

Some Like It Hot

Have you ever tried something at a restaurant and wanted to duplicate it at home? Yeah, me too. I've eaten at The Mustard Seed restaurant in Buhler a couple of times. It will come as no surprise to my family that I've eaten the same sandwich each time. Why chance not liking the next thing you try?

So Mom's Crazy Cooking Challenge for May - Grilled Cheese - gave me the chance to look for a recipe that might transport me to that cute little bistro without putting on any makeup or burning up any gasoline.

The Mustard Seed's Smoky Chicken Blackberry Sandwich has chicken breast, blackberry spread, peppered maple bacon and big-eye Swiss cheese all tucked together in wheatberry bread.

I found a recipe that used strawberry jam at Galley Kitchen's Bake Up, Little Suzy. She did a whole month's worth of grilled cheese sandwiches for April. Bet you didn't know April was Grilled Cheese Month. That girl knows how to celebrate! I'm definitely trying more of her ideas as I take meals to the field this summer or need something quick here at home.

True confessions: I changed the jam to blackberry and substituted Swiss cheese for the pepper jack in my efforts to create a Mustard Seed-worthy sandwich, so her recipe just served as a jumping-off point.

Is a sandwich you make at home ever as good as one that someone else makes and then cleans up the mess? Probably not, but it's still worth a try. 

Smoky Chicken Blackberry Sandwich
2 slices wheatberry bread
Swiss cheese
Sliced turkey deli meat
Blackberry jam
2 slices bacon, fried until crispy

Butter the outsides of two slices of bread. Spread blackberry jam on the other side of each slice of bread. Put one piece of bread, butter side down, down in a non-stick skillet or a griddle. On top of the blackberry jam, layer Swiss cheese, turkey, bacon, more cheese and top with the blackberry jam side of the other slice of bread. Cook on medium low until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden brown.

If desired, serve with chips and this yummy coleslaw.

(Mom's CCC is posted on the 7th of each month. Last month, I posted for the first time with this blueberry muffin recipe.)



  1. I do agree with you, I tend to order almost always the same thing in a favorite Japanese resto here in Thailand.

    Gay #50

  2. Hi, I'm stopping by from the challenge and this sandwich sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing :)

  3. I love the switch to blackberry jam, this sounds wonderful!

  4. Thanks so much for linking to my grilled cheese! I adore blackberry jam -- one of my sandwiches from grilled cheese month was blackberry jam and provolone on an inside-out English muffin. Divine!

    Thanks again. :)

  5. Love this, what a great way to flavor up a turkey and cheese by adding blackberry jam!

  6. Blackberry jam is a great idea- i used habanero jam (#67)

  7. What a great combination for a Grilled Cheese, it looks delicious!
    Miz Helen
    A New Follower

  8. I love swiss! I also love the image at the top of your blog! It's beautiful.