Grilled Gruyere Sandwich with Onion Jam

close up plated grilled cheese
Photo: Sidney Bensimon
Prep Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
25 mins

Nutty gruyere is complemented by piquant Dijon mustard and sweet onion jam in this elevated grilled cheese.


  • 8 (½-inch-thick) slices seeded rye bread

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature

  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise

  • 3 teaspoons Dijon mustard

  • ¼ cup onion jam or chutney

  • 6 ounces Gruyere cheese, shredded (2 cups)


  1. Arrange bread in a single layer on a clean work surface. Stir together butter and mayonnaise. Spread mixture evenly onto one side of every slice (1 scant tablespoon per slice).

  2. Heat a large skillet, preferably cast iron, over medium. Flip over bread on work surface (so it's plain-side up). Spread Dijon evenly onto 4 slices. Spread onion jam onto remaining 4 slices and top evenly with cheese. Carefully sandwich together.

  3. Place sandwiches in skillet (in two batches, if needed). Reduce heat to medium-low; gently top sandwiches with a lid slightly smaller than skillet for even cooking. Cook, flipping once halfway through, until crisp and golden on both sides and cheese is melted, 7 to 9 minutes. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes

Our test kitchen's pick for onion jam is The Jam Stand Sweet Wino Onion Jam, available at

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