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How To: Make a Grilled Cheese with Pear Relish

Decadence from Central Bistro & Bar.

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1. Make the relish: In a saucepan over high heat, combine 3 peeled, cored, and finely diced Anjou pears, 5 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, and 1 teaspoon chile flakes. Bring to a boil; reduce by simmering for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from heat and season. Cool 2 hours.


2. For each sandwich, begin with a 1-inch thick slice of country white or sourdough. Top with a slice of fontina followed by ½ tablespoon pear relish, 2 pieces of cooked bacon, another ½ tablespoon pear relish, another slice of cheese, and another piece of bread.

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3. Place sandwich over 1 tablespoon of butter over high heat in an ovenproof pan. Lower to medium; cook for 3 to 5 minutes, then flip and cook for 3 to 5 more minutes. Place pan in a 350° oven for 5 to 7 minutes. Just before serving, rub each side of the sandwich with the cut side of a halved garlic clove.

—Inset illustrations by Peter James Field

This article appeared in the October 2015 issue of 5280.

Callie Sumlin, Associate Food Editor

Callie Sumlin creates stories for 5280's Eat & Drink section, manages the dining guide, and oversees 5280.com's digital food-related coverage and weekly e-newsletter, Table Talk.

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