Jarlsberg Grilled Cheese with Arugula and Truffle Oil

April 4, 2011



I’m so excited about this post! This post is my creation for Kitchen PLAY’s Side Car Series Event sponsored by Jarlsberg USA.  Seeing as grilled cheese is one of my all-time favorite meals, you can imagine my enthusiasm when Kitchen PLAY asked me to help “Celebrate Grilled Cheese Month- Jarlsberg Style.”  No need to twist my arm.


The assignment was to create my own, unique version of a grilled cheese sandwich featuring Jarlsberg cheese. For this very special event, I wanted to create the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich, something you won’t soon forget. I thought long and hard and decided that such a simple sandwich had to be comprised of the best of the best ingredients.

I started with gorgeous, fresh baked whole wheat sourdough.


It was a great start. But what about the filling? It had to be a show stopper.


Mushrooms, arugula, and my secret weapon…black truffle oil. The perfect way to dress up a Jarlsberg grilled cheese.

But no grilled cheese sandwich is complete without butter, so into a pan went the mushrooms and a pat of butter.



Next, I added a bit of arugula, black truffle oil, and salt and pepper.


Then, it was time for the bread. Buttered and toasted on both sides, of course.


Smeared with tangy mustard. It’s the perfect compliment to the rich, melted Jarlsberg and earthy truffle oil.


And now, the star of the show, sweet and nutty Jarlsberg cheese!




It’s a beautiful thing.


Being the taste tester has its perks.


This sandwich lasted about two seconds…just long enough to get these shots.


Creating this recipe was such a fun experience! Thank you Kitchen PLAY and Jarlsberg for inviting me to help celebrate Grilled Cheese Month!  To make this sandwich at home, follow the recipe below. But, before you do that, read on about Jarlsberg’s exciting giveaway!


In celebration of Grilled Cheese Month, Jarlsberg is giving away free samples of their new “Toast-a-bags” (which allow you to make grilled cheese in your toaster! oh yeah!). For more information visit JarlsbergUSA to find out about receiving one of these plus a coupon.

Ingredients: (1 sandwich)

1/3 cup shredded Jarlsberg cheese

1 (generous) teaspoon dijon mustard

1 teaspoon truffle oil

1/2 cup mushrooms (chopped/sliced)

1 cup arugula

2 slices of whole wheat sourdough bread

2 tablespoons butter (divided)

a pinch of salt and pepper

Directions: In a sauce pan on medium heat, sauté the mushrooms in 1 tablespoon of butter for about 2 minutes. Add in the arugula, salt, pepper and truffle oil and stir until arugula becomes slightly wilted. Turn off heat and set aside.

Butter both sides of each slice of bread and, in a separate pan on medium heat, toast the bread. Once toasted, spread the dijon on one slice of the bread (the inside of the sandwich) and top with the arugula/mushroom mix. Top the other slice of bread with the shredded cheese. Cover the pan with a lid until the cheese melts. Press the other slice of bread on top and press sandwich together. Slice diagonally and eat. Serve with a side of arugula and more dijon for dipping.

*This original recipe was created for the Kitchen Play Sidecar Series, sponsored by Jarlsberg. I was compensated for my work creating an original recipe using Jarlsberg cheese.

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Kortez July 5, 2012 at 3:03 pm

My wife loves grilled cheese sandwiches and truffle oil. This recipe looks amazing and something she will absolutely enjoy.


Sarah from 20somethingcupcakes April 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Yum! I never use black truffle oil – only have the white. I’m sure both would be delicious!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 28, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Both are incredible! :)

Erika April 23, 2011 at 1:01 pm

My husband don’t like truffle oil, so I had to find something else… My boss recommended Truffle Spice Spray. I never heard about it but I tried out…
It was soooo gooood! We love it!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 23, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Great! Glad you like it!

mlacy April 18, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Now, if I could only find or make a loaf of bread like that…where did you find the bread?

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 19, 2011 at 8:42 am

Found the bread in the Whole Foods bakery dept. You may also be able to find it at a local bakery or farmer’s market.

Kevin (Closet Cooking) April 16, 2011 at 7:33 am

Nice looking sandwich!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 16, 2011 at 8:42 am

Thanks, Kevin!

Alia j April 12, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Looks so great! Arugula and truffle oil can make anything taste amazing, sandwiches, pasta, pizza, I could go on forever…I love your blog and just added it to the “Links I Love” portion of my food blog – One Delish Dish. Feel free to stop by sometime!

~Alia @ http://www.onedelishdish.com

Alia j April 12, 2011 at 9:55 pm

This looks so amazing, arugula and truffle oil make anything taste great in my opinion. Just added your blog to my “Links I Love” category on my food blog One Delish Dish! Thanks for your great recipes keep up the excellent work!

~Alia @ http://www.onedelishdish.com

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 13, 2011 at 8:24 am

Thanks, Alia! You are so sweet! :)

Aparna E. April 12, 2011 at 1:38 pm

Yay! Congrats for being featured on PW’s blog!
P.S. I’m following you on twitter now (I’m notaleaf).

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 12, 2011 at 2:41 pm

Thank you so much! What a fun surprise! Thanks for the twitter follow!

Noelle April 12, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Looks like miy kind of sandwich!

Jarlsberg USA April 9, 2011 at 2:21 pm

It goes without saying that Jarlsberg and truffle oil is a match made in gastronomic heaven! I also love that you shredded the Jarlsberg first, to ensure a wonderfully melted interior to your sandwich. And toasting both sides of the bread? Truly decadent. Beautifully done!


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 9, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Thank you, Casey! I had a lot of fun making this sandwich! :)

Allison [Haute Box] April 8, 2011 at 10:45 pm


Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 9, 2011 at 9:53 am

“Haute Box”- love that! ;)

jen April 6, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Mmm.. grilled cheese with truffle oil. How can you go wrong?! Now you got me craving one :)

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 6, 2011 at 4:47 pm

You def cannot go wrong with truffle oil! My motto is truffle oil makes everything better! ;)

Clarissa April 5, 2011 at 10:30 am

Um, can I just lug my mattress into your kitchen and live there? Seriously, you make the most delicious looking food!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 5, 2011 at 11:01 am

LOL! Thanks, Clarissa! You are welcome for dinner anytime!

gourmet April 5, 2011 at 10:01 am

This looks amazing, I think I have to try it immediately

Alexis @ There She Goes April 5, 2011 at 7:59 am

that looks divine! love the mushrooms in truffle oil idea

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 5, 2011 at 8:23 am

Thank you, Alexis!

Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum April 5, 2011 at 7:19 am

That bread looks phenomenal. And where do you buy your truffle oil? I would love to buy some truffle oil and truffle salt! YUM.

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 5, 2011 at 8:23 am

Both the bread and the truffle oil came from Whole Foods. I’m sure you could find truffle salt there as well! If you do, make sure to sprinkle some on your popcorn! ;)

Tara April 4, 2011 at 10:27 pm

Yum I definitely need to try this… looks delicious! Thanks for sharing :) :)

Jenn April 4, 2011 at 8:35 pm

This looks DIVINE! I’ve always wanted to buy black truffle oil but never know what to look for in an oil! there are so many varieties! What stats do you tend to search for?

thanks for the recipe! <3

Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 4, 2011 at 8:51 pm

To be honest, this was my first time buying it as well. :) I applied the same techniques as I would when buying any type of oil because truffle oil is generally just oil infused with truffle extract. And, because truffle oil isn’t a super abundant product, you likely won’t have a ton of options. Go with what sounds good. I went with a California cold pressed sunflower oil version and it worked. Also, store it in the fridge so it lasts longer (it’s much too expensive to waste!).

allison (The Virgin Gardener) April 4, 2011 at 6:26 pm

awesome pics! i will have to try this delicious sounding version of the classic!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 4, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Thanks, Allison! Btw, your red irises are gorgeous!

Lauren at Keep It Sweet April 4, 2011 at 5:20 pm

What a wonderful grilled cheese with a whole new level of flavors!

Krissy @ Make It Naked April 4, 2011 at 2:59 pm

OMG I’m making this for lunch ASAP! Looks amazing!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 4, 2011 at 3:50 pm

Go for it! Let me know how you like it!

Sommer@ASpicyPerspective April 4, 2011 at 11:47 am

That looks heavenly!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 4, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Thanks, Sommer!

Rachel @ Baked by Rachel April 4, 2011 at 11:20 am

Oh my! I bet my hubs would aboslutely love this twist. Fantastic pictures too :)

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 4, 2011 at 12:17 pm

I hope so! You should def make it for him! ;)

Cookin' Canuck April 4, 2011 at 10:31 am

Grilled cheese with truffle oil? That just might spoil me for any other grilled cheese sandwich. Wonderful!

Jen @ Keepitsimplefoods April 4, 2011 at 12:18 pm

Thank you! Your recipe looked absolutely amazing!

Jenny (The Housewife Project) April 4, 2011 at 9:47 am

Ok, now I’m decided….have to buy black truffle oil!! I was just talking to a friend about this and have never used it.

brandi April 4, 2011 at 9:02 am

holy moly. that looks so good!

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