In this case, the motive was the Tomato Spice Jam full up on tomato, cane sugar, lemon zest and juice, cinnamon, nutmeg and natural pectin that we bought from Pinehold Gardens.
It's sweet but sultry, with that wisp of nutmeg drawing you in.
Melissa and I thought it would be perfect on a panini.
We mixed it with a little bit of mayo and begged it to play nice with some turkey, bacon, sharp cheddar cheese and avocado. And sandwiched between slices of hearty sourdough, the ingredients brought a mix of tastes: sour, sweet, creamy, sharp.
If you don't have a jar of tomato spice jam hanging around, you can always make your own. It's something we might add when next we can.
Turkey Club Panini with Tomato Spice Mayo
1/8 cup mayo
1/8 cup tomato spice jam
4 slices sourdough bread
1 tablespoon butter
1/3 pound turkey breast, sliced
sharp cheddar cheese
4 slices bacon, cooked
1/2 avocado, sliced
1. Combine the mayo and spice tomato jam.
2. In a microwave or on the stovetop, cook the bacon.
3. Butter the four slices of bread and layer on the tomato spice mayo, turkey, cheddar, bacon and avocado on a slice and cover with another slice.
4. Place the two sandwiches on a griddle over medium heat (or on a panini press) and cook until golden brown, about 5 to 7 minutes. Flip over and do the same for the other side.