Harvarti, Blue Cheese and Pear Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Fig Jam


Today was a chilly, rainy day in San Diego. The kind where you want to stay in for dinner and have a cozy, simple dinner in front of the fireplace. The good news is that it looks like the top 12% of California seems to be drought-free, yippee! With the amount of rain we seem to have been getting since the beginning of November in San Diego, one would think we would be considered drought free as well. Now I am all for a little weather; I grew up in four seasons and I do miss it. However, enough is enough. I am looking forward to some promised sunshine tomorrow.

I decided to make grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup for dinner. I am loving the pears this season, so wanted to incorporate them into my sandwich with some fig jam that I’ve also been enjoying since the holiday season started. In my mind, blue cheese would be the perfect cheese to go on my sandwich. I knew I’d need another type of cheese as well since I really only wanted to use a small amount of blue cheese. I ended up deciding on havarti. That was a great choice! Thank you to the kind man working in the deli that mentioned havarti would be an excellent choice to mix with the blue cheese crumbles. He was right.

I started by using two slices of farmhouse white bread. I spread about a tablespoon of fig jam on each slice of bread. On the bottom slice, I laid my pear slices and then a few thinly sliced rings of onion. On top of that I added about a half tablespoon of blue cheese crumbles and then the slice of havarti.

I closed my sandwich and brushed melted butter over the outside and grilled it on my indoor grill pan. This turned out perfectly melted, nice and ooey gooey. The flavors blended so well and none were overpowering.


I enjoyed my sandwich with a cup of tomato soup. How comforting on this chilly, rainy night in San Diego.



  • 2 slices farmhouse white bread (from the bakery of your local grocer)
  • 1 slice havarti cheese
  • 1/2 tablespoon blue cheese crumbles
  • 1/2 pear sliced
  • 3 slices onion (thinly sliced)
  • 2 tablespoons fig jam
  • 1 tablespoon butter


Spread fig jam on both slices of bread. Lay pear slices and onion down on bottom slice of bread. Add blue cheese crumbles and top with havarti cheese. Close sandwich and brush melted butter on each slice. Grill until toasted. Enjoy!

Until next time, Kris


Author: Sunshine and Savory

I love when my house is filled with people, having friends and family over for a meal feeds my soul. There is nothing I enjoy more than preparing for a dinner party, a holiday dinner, or a book club meeting when it's my turn to host ... If I could, I would own a Bed and Breakfast! This would ensure I'd always have someone to prepare a meal for. Being with others and sharing my table is what I look forward to most. I was born in Wisconsin and after I got married in 1987, my husband and I moved west for his job. He had just graduated college and we were married a couple months later. An interesting tidbit about me is that I never cooked a meal before I got married. I taught myself how to cook and found that I really enjoyed it. One of the first meals I made after we were married was a shrimp pasta dish. I made this for myself when my husband was on business travel and I had so much fun inventing this meal - this was the start of my love of cooking. I probably won't be posting much on shrimp dishes, since I am now allergic. Big bummer! I was allergic to lobster, and then had an issue with scallops, so just never had a shrimp after the scallop incident. Why couldn't I be allergic to something less enjoyable?! My favorite celebrity chefs are Ina Garten and The Pioneer Woman. I hope you enjoy my blog!

2 thoughts on “Harvarti, Blue Cheese and Pear Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Fig Jam”

  1. I’m with you Kris. I’m sick of this rain! This sandwich looks amazing. I’ve been thinking about making tomato soup too. Perfect weather for grilled cheese & tomato soup. ❤️

    Sent from my iPhone


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