Roast Beef and Blue Cheese Sandwiches with Ontario Grape Jam

Roast Beef and Blue Cheese Sandwiches with Ontario Grape JamThese sandwiches are full of cross-country regional appeal from Canadian blue cheese, roast beef and homemade fruity, sweet-tart Ontario Grape Jam – topped with a handful of spicy arugula and a grind of fresh black pepper, they hit a new flavour high.

Ontario Grape Jam
4 cups Ontario Coronation Table grapes 1 L
2 cups sugar 500 mL
1 tbsp lemon juice 15 mL
1/4 cup Canadian blue cheese, crumbled 50 mL
1 tbsp butter, softened 15 mL
4 Kaiser or multigrain rolls, cut in half 4
4 tsp Dijon mustard 20 mL
8 oz roast beef, thinly sliced 250 g
4 tbsp prepared Ontario Grape Jam 60 mL
for garnish: baby arugula leaves
salt and pepper, to taste

Prepare Ontario Grape Jam: Squeeze individual grapes between fingers to remove skins and reserve pulp and skins separately. In medium saucepan over medium heat, add pulp and cook, stirring, for 10 to 15 minutes or until smooth. Remove from heat and strain to remove any seeds. Return pulp to clean saucepan and add grape skins, sugar and lemon juice. Over medium-high heat, bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, for approximately 20 minutes or until mixture thickens to a jam-like consistency. Remove from heat, pour into a bowl and allow to cool to room temperature, stirring occasionally. Transfer to airtight plastic container and store in refrigerator for up to one week.

Assemble Sandwiches: In a small bowl, mix blue cheese and softened butter until smooth; divide in four and spread over the top halves of each roll. Spread 1 tsp (5 mL) mustard over the bottom halves. To assemble, fill each sandwich with 2 oz (60 g) roast beef, 1 tbsp (15 mL) Ontario grape jam and a small handful of baby arugula leaves. Season with salt and freshly cracked pepper and sandwich with top half of roll. Serve immediately.

Hélène’s Tip: Ontario Grape Jam is the perfect way to make the most of Ontario’s grape season – leftover jam is delicious spread on hot buttered toast, homemade waffles or vanilla ice cream.

Hélène’s Tip: Because they are mayo-free, these sandwiches are perfect for enjoying on a summery picnic – simply wrap tightly in plastic wrap and keep cool until ready to enjoy.

Serves 4.

Source:, developed by Hélène Laurendeau

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