I loved grilled cheese sandwiches as a kid. It was a favorite meal on the weekends. One my Dad would happily make for myself and him. We would watch Three Stooges and eat grilled cheese sandwiches. So many of my fond memories have food connected to them, and even a simple grilled cheese brings back a flood of great Daddy Daughter Saturday afternoons.
My own children are not big fans of grilled cheese. Last time I made grilled cheese and tomato soup Tucker ate one sandwich and no soup, Harper ate neither (she was full- until I put away the leftovers). To this Mama grilled cheese is Saturday at its finest, and I was going to get my children on board one way or another. The whole family love bacon (almost everyone loves bacon, it’s bacon) so I started trying “Bacon Enhanced” grilled cheese sandwiches. This grilled cheese with apple and bacon is an easy but upscale take the on the grilled cheese. The apple, bacon, and cheese come together in harmony and would be the perfect cool fall day lunch.
Bacon Apple Grilled CheesePrint Recipe
- Italian bread (sliced)
- 1 apple per 6 sandwiches
- Sliced white cheddar cheese (2 to 3 slices of cheese per sandwich)
- Thick Cut Apple Smoked Bacon (3 slices per sandwich)
Butter one side of each slice of bread.
Slice apple thinly (you can leave the peel on).
Fry bacon to your preferred crispiness.
Place a large nonstick skillet on medium heat.
Assemble sandwiches, cheese, apple slices, and bacon (butter side out on the bread).
Grill each sandwich until cheese melts and bread becomes golden brown.
Slice in half and serve.
I love making this grilled cheese with a nice loaf of fresh baked Italian bread from the bakery. Yes, our family can eat an entire loaf’s worth of these sandwiches, but if your family can’t the bread is great with breakfast or pasta or let it get stale and make a lovely Panzanella salad (we eat these all summer long). We initially tried this with diced apple but I found that thin slices works so much better! You can add some red onion, but I think this sandwich is better without it. If you happen across some beautiful fresh pears they work great in this recipe too. You can use white or yellow cheddar, we just prefer the white with this recipe. You can even live dangerously and go with a pepperjack for a grilled cheese with a punch of heat to offset the sweet of the apple.