This apple bacon cheddar grilled cheese sandwich recipe puts a gourmet spin on a childhood favorite. With sourdough bread as its base, this fancy grilled cheese pairs well with a warm cup of carrot ginger soup.
Here in Michigan, I’ve loved the grown-up grilled cheese sandwiches I’ve eaten at Linear Restaurant in Grand Rapids and Arbor Brewing Company’s pub in Ann Arbor. Yet it was while traveling through Wisconsin that I had the best grilled cheese at Decatur Dairy. So, I wanted to recreate that made-for-adults grilled cheese experience at home using Wisconsin cheddar.
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What do you need to make an apple bacon cheddar grilled cheese sandwich?
To make this delicious grilled cheese sandwich, you’ll want to equip your kitchen with the following tools:
- Cutting board for prepping ingredients and building your sandwich
- Paring or utility knife to thinly slice the Granny Smith apple
- Microwave-safe plate and paper towel, if cooking bacon in the microwave
- Butter knife to spread dijon mustard and butter
- Nonstick skillet for cooking your grilled cheese sandwich
- Spatula to flip your grilled cheese midway through cooking
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- Consumer Reports’ top-rated nonstick skillet: All-Clad Try-Ply Stainless Steel Skillets
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- 2 Slices Sourdough Bread
- 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard, Divided
- 2-3 Slices Wisconsin Cheddar Cheese
- 4-5 Thin Slices Granny Smith Apple
- 3 Slices Cooked Bacon
- 2 Tablespoons Butter, Divided
- First, begin building your sandwich by spreading about 1 tablespoon butter on one side of a slice of bread.
- Build your sandwich on top of the non-buttered side of that bread slice by spreading about 1/2 tablespoon dijon mustard and then placing cheddar, Granny Smith apple, and bacon slices on top.
- Spread the remaining dijon mustard on the other bread slice and place it atop the sandwich, mustard-side down.
- Then spread the remaining butter on top of the sandwich.
- To grill your sandwich, heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat.
- Once the skillet is warm, carefully place your sandwich in the skillet and cook until cheese is melting, about 2-3 minutes.
- Flip the sandwich over and cook until each bread slice is golden and cheese is fully melted, about 1-2 minutes.
- Serve with your favorite soup. I recommend pairing your gourmet grilled cheese with our carrot ginger soup.
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