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Cherry Jam, Turkey & Spicy Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Get ready for your new favorite sandwich combo: cherry jam, turkey & spicy cheddar grilled cheese! This incredible twist on traditional grilled cheese is sweet, spicy, savory and one you'll want to make again and again. The perfect way to use up leftover turkey and to customize with your fav add-ons!

Course Dinner, Lunch, Nut Free, Sandwich
Cuisine American
Keyword cherry jam and turkey grilled cheese, turkey grilled cheese with cherry jam
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 652 kcal
Author Monique Volz of AmbitiousKitchen.com


  • 2 slices of good-quality bread (i love a good thick seedy bread or sourdough!)
  • 1 tablespoon softened butter
  • 2-3 ounces sliced roasted turkey (turkey leftovers are perfect!)
  • 1 tablespoon grainy dijon mustard
  • 2 ounces spicy sharp cheddar cheese, sliced (such as a habanero cheddar)*
  • ¼ cup arugula
  • 2 tablespoons cherry jam


  1. Generously butter one side of each slice of bread. Flip the bread over so the butter is facing down. Top one slice of the bread with dijon mustard, then add on spicy cheddar (or cheddar + pickled jalapenos), turkey and arugula. Spread cherry jam on the other side of the remaining slice of bread then place on top of the other ingredients (butter side up) to make a sandwich.
  2. Place a skillet or griddle over medium heat. Add in sandwich and grill until it’s lightly browned, then flip over and continue to grill until the cheese is nice and melted. This should take 2-4 minutes per side. Sometimes I find that covering the pan for a few minutes helps to melt the cheese a bit easier. Serves 1.

Recipe Notes

If you don’t have a spicy cheddar you can use regular sharp cheddar and add a few slices of pickled jalapenos to the sandwich. Yum!

Sometimes I love adding avocado slices to this sandwich! Feel free to make it your own. See the full post for even more ways to customize.

Nutrition Facts
Cherry Jam, Turkey & Spicy Cheddar Grilled Cheese Sandwich
Amount Per Serving (1 sandwich)
Calories 652 Calories from Fat 335
% Daily Value*
Fat 37.2g57%
Saturated Fat 19.2g120%
Carbohydrates 53.1g18%
Fiber 1.9g8%
Sugar 21.5g24%
Protein 29.4g59%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.