Grilled Cheese with Orange Marmalade

Happy Valentine’s Day, dear readers!

I know that everyone is posting about chocolate and heart-shaped goodies, but let’s be honest – that’s not all we’re eating during this special day. Maybe your heart (or tummy) wants steak, maybe you want sushi, or pasta, or maybe you don’t even want anything at all. And that’s okay.

But I like thinking of today as a special day for love, and I know that for most of us, sometimes love can be communicated with food. So today I’m bringing you one of my favorite comfort foods of all time, something that would say “I love you” in a sweet, buttery, cheesy way: grilled cheese with orange marmalade.

Plain grilled cheese is great, but adding orange marmalade would make it even better.  My mom is the person who taught me about pairing sharp cheddar cheese with sweet and sticky orange marmalade. I love the sweet and salty flavors together, the melty cheese, the strings of orange rind in the marmalade, and all the crunchy seedy texture from toasted multi-grain bread.

And I think melty cheese deserves a second mention?

My mom would often make “grilled” cheese in the toaster oven. She’ll butter a piece of toast and top it with sliced cheese, then toast it until everything is hot and melty. It’s more efficient, too, especially because she prefers open faced sandwiches. But for this version, I made the grilled cheese in a cast iron skillet, buttered both sides of the bread (because a little extra butter is always good), and grated the cheddar for even better melting. After both pieces of bread were toasted golden brown, I smeared some orange marmalade on one piece then squished it on top of the piece with melted cheese.

It’s a little messy to eat, but I hope you won’t mind having to lick sweet marmalade from your fingers as you bite into the crunchy bread. And you probably won’t mind having to pick the extra strings of gooey cheese that melt out on the sides.

You can make this on a cast iron pan, you can make it on a toaster oven, you can make it on a grill (and if you are so lucky not to be living in a winter tundra right now, you can use your outdoor grill). You can make it for yourself, for your partner, for your kids, for your loved ones.  You’ll need to be a little careful that you don’t burn the bread, but it’s as simple as a meal can get. A simple plate of love with toasted multi-grain bread, butter, sharp cheddar, some sweet jam, and maybe a sticky kiss to go with your grilled cheese.

Grilled Cheese with Orange Marmalade


1 tablespoon butter, softened
2 slices seedy multi-grain bread (or use your favorite kind)
4 oz sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1 tablespoon orange marmalade


  1. Spread the butter on both sides of the bread. Heat a skillet or grill pan over medium heat, and add both pieces of bread. Place the grated cheddar on top of one slice, and cook for a minute or two until the cheese starts to melt.
  2. Flip over the other piece of bread to toast the other side.
  3. When the bread is golden brown (or toasted to your liking), remove both pieces of bread from skillet. Spread orange marmalade on the plain piece and place on top of the piece with melted cheese. Slice and serve while hot!

How many of you are staying in for Valentine’s Day and watching Season 2 of House of Cards? (Confession: as this post is getting published, I’m probably already streaming the first episode…)


29 Responses to “Grilled Cheese with Orange Marmalade”

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    whatjessicabakednext posted February 14, 2014 at 10:59 am

    This looks super delicious and very tasty!

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    christina posted February 14, 2014 at 11:02 am

    i think i’m most intrigued by this bread! happy v day!

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      Bianca Garcia posted February 14, 2014 at 11:06 am

      I’m a sucker for texture so I really liked the super seedy/grainy bread! Happy Vday to you, too :)

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    Michelle Lahey posted February 14, 2014 at 1:03 pm

    I LOVE grilled cheese, but especially when it’s made with a hearty bread and something sweet to complement the cheese! This looks delicious. And, I love House of Cards!!

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    grace posted February 14, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    i’ve been applying something sweet to my grilled cheese sandwiches for a while now, but i haven’t tried marmalade–will do!

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    Alaina posted February 14, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    Seriously everything about this sandwich is perfect. I’m a sucker for ooey gooey cheese. :-)

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    Rosa @HHR posted February 14, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    This looks delicious! Such a great, simple, perfect idea….

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    Michelle posted February 14, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    I haven’t tried marmalade, but I love grilled cheese with sweet spreads. Today, I had one with cherry mostarda and it was terrific. Happy streaming!

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    Sarah & Arkadi posted February 14, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    Simple and super tasty! :)

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    Joanne posted February 15, 2014 at 7:11 am

    I definitely strongly considered making grilled cheese for V-Day! I went with penne a la vodka instead, but now you’ve put grilled cheese back in my head! This looks great.

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    Monica posted February 15, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Grilled cheese sandwich and a little wine or bubbly sounds like such a great V-Day meal! And I love the pairing with the marmalade…your mom is a smart lady. I hope you had a great Valentine’s Day…hopefully, there was good comfort food and maybe a little chocolate… ; )

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    Kammie @ Sensual Appeal posted February 15, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Well, that is one good looking grilled cheese if I may say so myself. That cheese…. all gooey.. ah.. I wish I could eat cheese more :(

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    Daisy posted February 15, 2014 at 3:53 pm

    i love grilled cheese and i love orange marmalade. what an fun pair, i’ve got to try this!
    Happy Valentine’s Day!

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    Tiffany @ Snack Snark Bark posted February 16, 2014 at 1:59 pm

    That cheese, omg. I’m like the flavor combination or orange marmalade and cheddar, I will have to try this sometime!

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    Choc Chip Uru posted February 16, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    Grilled cheese and marmalade? That is new to me, it looks so delicious!

    Choc Chip Uru

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    What Jessica Baked Next posted February 17, 2014 at 11:56 am

    This looks so delicious- loving that oozy cheese! :)

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    Consuelo @ Honey & Figs posted February 17, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    Oh wow – Bianca, you’re a genius! I’d never thought of putting orange marmalade in my grilled cheese… but it sounds like an awesome idea! This looks crazy good!

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      Bianca Garcia posted February 17, 2014 at 9:52 pm

      Thank you, Consuelo! It’s definitely a keeper :)

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    Sue/the view from great island posted February 17, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    This sounds AMAZING — I never would have come up with this combination, but now I can’t stop thinking about it!

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      Bianca Garcia posted February 17, 2014 at 9:52 pm

      Thank you, Sue! Hope you get to try it soon!

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    Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen posted February 17, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    Bianca, you are a genius! Love. This. I just happen to be working with orange marmalade this week and have extra on hand. I cannot wait to try this! The heavily seeded bread is a must. Thanks for sharing. :) Pinning!

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      Bianca Garcia posted February 17, 2014 at 9:52 pm

      Thanks, Stacy! Yes, the heavily seeded bread ties everything together very nicely :)

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    Carrie @ poet in the pantry posted February 17, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    Messy foods tend to be the best-tasting foods, too! Besides… melty cheese. You’ve already captured my heart!

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    Erin | The Law Student's Wife posted February 17, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    How have I neer thought of this??? I love serving marmalade with cheese, so it’s only natural that they would make a delightful grilled cheese. Brilliant!

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    Amy @ Elephant Eats posted February 19, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    I need to try this. I often pair apple or pumpkin butter with my grilled cheese, but orange marmelade sounds like it would be a fabulous combo. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Shannon posted February 22, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    love throwing preserves in a grilled cheese, especially the sweet/savory ones!

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    Micheline posted February 25, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    oh my… now I’m starving. I LOVE sweet grilled cheese

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    mrsblocko posted March 17, 2014 at 11:56 am

    I made this sandwich and wrote about it here. Omg it is sooooo good. My husband thinks it’s weird and won’t even try it. More marmalade for me then! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

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