For some random reason, I realized a few weeks back that I’ve literally never made a grilled cheese sandwich before. It’s true! I grew up eating them, and I actually order them fairly often at the happy hour of a favorite restaurant in town. But somehow I couldn’t recall ever buttering up the bread, layering on the cheese, and cooking one up in the skillet myself! So of course, needed to remedy that. Especially when I had a serious grilled cheese craving after making this yummy tomato soup…
While I was initially bound and determined to make a sandwich with just the classic slices of American cheese, I was sidetracked (as often happens) in the produce department while en route to the bread section at the store. And couldn’t help but pick up a few slices of my favorite cheese at the deli. And then…a delicious, crisp Fuji apple. And then…some turkey bacon (which I’m convinced makes everything better). And thus…my simple grilled cheese turned into this little sandwich experiment. :)
But oh my heavens — this sandwich is fantastic!!! I could hardly wait to snap a photo before digging in. The apples were a wonderfully crisp and sweet, and contrasted nicely with the delicious, salty bacon. And while I’ll always enjoy a classic grilled cheese with American, the warm, melted, smoked gouda definitely took this ‘wich to a whole new level. Delish!!
I promise I will make my very first “classic” grilled cheese soon. But for now, this one is definitely my new “fav”…
My twist on the classic grilled cheese recipe – Smoked Gouda Grilled Cheese with Apples and Bacon! Be sure to try it out.
smoked gouda cheese (optional: cut into small pieces)
apples, cored and very thinly sliced
3 strips of turkey (or regular) bacon, cooked and cut in half
butter (whatever kind you prefer – I used Smart Balance)
Preheat grill pan or skillet over medium heat.
Butter one side of each slice of bread. Arrange half of the cheese slices on the un-buttered side of once slice of bread. Then layer on the bacon, sliced apples, and finally the other half of the cheese carefully on top. Top with the other slice of bread, and gently transfer to the skillet.
Cook sandwich on both sides until golden brown and the cheese has begun to melt, about 2-3 minutes per side.
Wow! I’ve made ‘regular’ grilled cheese sandwiches before (on second thought I’ve never used American) but this sounds amazing. I’ll definitely have to give it a try!
Your entire blog looks so yummy!
I love grilled cheese with apples! Never thought of adding “bacon.”
Just yesterday I was craving something a little different, so I sliced some veggie Italian sausage thin and sauteed it till it was brown and crispy, then layered it with gruyere for an open-faced grilled cheese. It was SO good! Okay, veggie sausage may not float your boat, but to me it was good!
A friend passed along your website and recipe after I had given her a very similar panini recipe my husband I love.
I use aged extra sharp cheddar, apples, and bacon in the sandwitch and grill in in the panini press (if you don’t have a panini press-place the sandwitch on your grill pan, place a skillet on top of the sandwitch, and place a can of something in the skillet for weight). I serve it with oven baked sweet potato fries sprinkled with salt and cinnamon.
One other tip- don’t be afraid of turkey bacon! I can’t wait to try your version:)
This is a great grilled cheese for your first time! Apples on a grilled cheese really work well and are very yummy. I have tried it before and it continues to be one of my favorite sandwiches. I do not eat bacon so I can’t speak to that but apple and bacon do seem to go well together. Plus you can’t go wrong with Gouda.
I’ve tried some weird things on grilled cheese….chips, pepperoni, and even some more strange things… but I’ve never thought of apples or bacon before….I’m gonna have to try this sometime! (:
Thanks for sharing.
oh wow, this looks fantastic! can’t wait to try it :)
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My mother always made this, alittle different but always good and filling, especially when you have alot to feed! This is one of my favorite dishes.I love all your recipes. They are good and easy to make.