After a life-long love of food and entertaining, Atlantan Tracy Allen was on a mission: to create her own version of the soulful, heirloom products that she tasted while on her annual trips back home to the Mississippi Delta to experience Bluesfest. After some tinkering in the kitchen making various sauces and relishes, she turned to making jam. She craved a product versatile enough to work on meats, seafood, cheeses and breads. Much tastetesting later – and some brainstorming on the name over wine and a dictionary with some girlfriends – Sensatiables was born.
Tracy’s three signature flavors are diverse in taste profile but similar in their versatility (try any one of them poured over some cream cheese as a fabulous app for last-minute entertaining). Lemon Basil Banana Pepper is the naughty but nice one – perfect on breaded appetizers like fried green tomatoes. This is definitely not your mama’s pepper jelly. Strawberry Balsamic is the twist on a classic – delicious smeared on a piece of warm toast. The favorite, to me and most others that taste it, is the Sweet Caramelized Onion Jam. Upon tasting it for the first time, I was hooked. You will be, too.
As a true Southern girl, Allen allows no shortcuts – loads of onions slow cooked in a cast iron skillet make up this amazing condiment. It’s gorgeous on a burger, incredible paired with anything goat cheese, divine as a glaze for pork tenderloin. You can also, if you’re a little gluttonous like me, add it to any sandwich for the perfect salty sweet bite. My current obsession is gooey Taleggio cheese paired with Lady apples on rustic bread and a smear of Tracy’s onion jam. It’s heavenly and restaurant quality stuff, for sure. A quick & easy recipe for my new favorite sandwich is included in this post.
While I’m totally sure that one bite will have you swooning and buying as many as your arms can hold, Tracy has agreed to give a Sensatiables sampler – one 8 ounce jar of each of her 3 fabulous flavors – to a lucky Scoutmob/RWT reader. Just leave a comment on the Scoutmob Facebook page for a chance to win! For those who don’t snag a freebie, you can buy her jams online via the Sensatiables website.
Lady Apple & Taleggio Grilled Cheese with Sweet Caramelized Onion Jam – makes 2 sandwiches
– To assemble the sandwiches: smear one heaping tablespoon of caramelized onion jam on one side of the bread. Top with the sliced 2 ounce portion of Taleggio and then a layer of apple slices. Top with the second piece of bread and wait until pan is hot. Heat the butter or olive oil in a large, nonstick skillet over medium high heat. When the butter is melted or the oil is shimmering slightly, place each sandwich in the pan cheese side down. Griddle for 2-3 minutes or until crusty and brown – I use another pan on top of the sandwiches to press them down like a makeshift panini press. Carefully flip and then griddle the other side for an additional 2-3 minutes until golden brown. Remove from pan, cut in half and serve immediately. You can certainly do this in a panini press if you have one at home.