this is the jam, ya’ll. November 22, 2010

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

  • 1 tablespoon butter or olive oil
  • 4 slices of rustic sourdough, Ciabatta or whole wheat bread
  • 2 heaping tablespoons Sensatiables Sweet Caramelized Onion Jam
  • 1 large Lady Apple, cut into ¼ inch slices
  • 4 ounces of Taleggio, rind removed and split into two 2 ounce portions

- 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.

Comments

Alissa @ Not Just Apples Nov 22, 2010 05:11 am

Yum! Grilled cheese is the best – I love it with homemade chilli jam and apples, but onion jam would be amazing I think!

tami Nov 22, 2010 01:11 pm

Alissa – Trust me…it’s amazing. The creamy and the sweet and the sharp all together. You could add some short rib to this and it would be INSANE…but it’s pretty delicious just as it is :)

Kathy Browning Nov 22, 2010 11:11 am

Sounds wonderful. I would like to try them all.

tami Nov 22, 2010 01:11 pm

Kathy – They’re all really amazing. You can’t go wrong with any of them :)

Kristy @ Short Order Mama Nov 22, 2010 02:11 pm

Yum! Do you think the onion jam would work on a pizza? I had a Taleggio and pear pizza at a local Atlanta joint and have been thinking of trying to re-create it at home. This jam sounds like it would be the perfect ingredient to put it over the edge! Just not sure how rich it would be if smeared over an entire pizza crust? What do you think? Thanks!

tami Nov 22, 2010 02:11 pm

Kristy- I think using a thin layer of it on a flatbread or pizza would be divine. Another great use of this is on crostinis with a little cheese and/or some prosciutto…maybe some figs or other fruit…so I would imagine it would be great on a pizza. Report back if you try it! :)

Zita Nov 22, 2010 03:11 pm

Yum, this looks amazing! I want a bite now. Any idea how to make this caramelized onion jam?

tami Nov 22, 2010 05:11 pm

Zita – All I know is that the onions are done slowly in a cast iron skillet. Beyond that, I don’t have the secret. At $7 a jar – and a little goes a loooong way – I’m happy to let Tracy do the cooking & me enjoy it :)

Tamara Nov 22, 2010 09:11 pm

Tracy is a sweetheart and her jams are excellent! I just bought the caramelized onion too! It’s delish! And this recipe looks divine. :-)

tami Nov 23, 2010 08:11 am

Tamara – I just love Tracy & love her products. I’m so glad I got to share them with everyone. Thanks for stopping by the blog :)

Amanda Nov 23, 2010 12:11 am

I’m intrigued. The jellies sound delicious.

tami Nov 23, 2010 08:11 am

Amanda – they really are. Did you visit the Scoutmob FB to try and win one of each? A cheap way to try them all :)

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Dana from One Haute Plate Nov 23, 2010 10:11 am

I want that sandwich NOW.

The Teacher Cooks Nov 29, 2010 09:11 am

Tami this looks so good!

kickpleat Dec 2, 2010 02:12 pm

Your photo has me drooling!! So good. And yes, I’d love a chance to try those flavours. So good!

justcooknyc Dec 2, 2010 03:12 pm

oh wow, love that photo

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Toni Dec 21, 2010 07:12 am

This looks incredible! I’m on a Taleggio kick right now, and this jam looks like a perfect accompaniment. Can’t wait to try it!

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