Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Pears

Back when I could still eat dairy (oh how I miss you) I loved grilled cheese sandwiches. Adding bacon and pears just elevates this staples to a gourmet adult snack. You can try this with different kinds of cheeses but I found the sharp saltiness of cheddar came out the best.  Spreading a little Dijon or whole grain mustard on the inside of the bread was really tasty too. Enjoy!

Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Pears

2 slices sandwich bread of your choosing (I used gluten free Udi's)
3 tablespoons butter, room temperature
sharp white cheddar cheese, sliced thin, enough to cover bread
1-2 pieces bacon, cooked, cut in half
½ pear, cut in thin slices

Preheat frying pan over medium-low heat.  Generously spread butter on one side of a piece of bread. Place bread, butter side down, in frying pan. Add enough cheese to cover bread. Lay the bacon and one layer of pears over the cheese.  Spread butter on one side of the second piece of bread and lay on top of your sandwich, butter side up. 

Cover pan with lid for 30 seconds to 1 minute allowing the bread to lightly brown. Remove lid and flip sandwich over and continue grilling until cheese melts and the second piece of bread has browned. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

*Placing the lid on the pan helps to melt the cheese. This grilled cheese takes a little longer to cook or melt because of the added ingredients.

In coming up with the best combination, I tested many different cheeses including Cheddar, Brie and Havarti. The Brie was nice, but I felt it was too creamy and the flavor got lost once it was melted. I chose the Cheddar because of it's bolder flavor. This is the Brie below.

Looks nice though, right? And it was really good without the bacon. Could be really good with a little fig jam spread inside and a slice of crispy prosciutto.

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