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Our grown-up bacon grilled cheese sandwich takes your old fashioned grilled cheese and dresses it up with bacon, brie, muenster, and mozzarella cheeses.
April is National Grilled Cheese month, and while we are late to the party, we showed up with style. For today’s dish, we decided to take your traditional grilled cheese sandwich and dress it up a little.
Kim and I wanted to prepare a sandwich that was both nostalgic and mature. We spent the whole week trying to decide how we were going to accomplish that goal.
We started by removing the American cheese and using a blend of deli cheeses in its place. While I love the flavor and texture of that oil-based stand-by, I wanted to use cheese that was rich and dense. Munster is a mild cheese, but it has such a refined buttery taste.
Additionally, it melts well and stretches beautifully. The mozzarella we used was from our local deli and is also mild cheese. Brie was the last cheese we selected for its smokiness and its texture.
Adding the bacon was a last minute decision that paid off. It was cooked in the oven so it would crisp nicely. The bacon pulled everything together. Also, the crunchy texture contrasted well against the smooth and creamy cheeses.
This bacon grilled cheese sandwich is miles ahead of its humble beginnings and is a wonderful indulgence for any adult looking for a more refined grilled cheese offering.
It is my hope you will enjoy this recipe as much as we did. In closing, let me wish a long life, love everlasting, and tummy full of delicious cheese!
Making this grilled cheese is simple and doesn’t take long to prepare.
First, cook six pieces of bacon per the package instructions and set them aside. The oven is an excellent way to cook bacon because it keeps the bacon extra crispy and clean up is a breeze.
All the process takes is aluminum foil, a sheet pan, some non-stick spray, and a cooling rack. If you are interested in how to cook bacon this way, send me an email, and I will go through the process.
Getting back to the recipe, once the bacon is cooked, set it aside then slice your brie and mozzarella.
After the cheese is sliced, don’t be afraid to squish it flat between your fingers. It will help flatten the cheese making it thinner, thus allowing it to melt faster when cooking. Next, melt your butter in your microwave in a microwave-safe bowl.
I usually put it on low power for a minute or two minutes to melt the butter. Afterward, preheat your skillet over medium heat.
While the pan warms, take a basting brush and slather the butter on the outsides of each piece of bread. Now you can start building the sandwich.
Start with bread, butter side down, then place one slice of Muenster, then add three pieces of bacon. At that point, place the mozzarella and brie on top of the bacon.
Lastly, top everything off with the other slice of bread, butter side up this time. The pan should be hot enough now. So, using a spatula, place the sandwich into the skillet.
Let it cook for about four to six minutes on each side. Go ahead and push the sandwich down with your spatula as it cooks, so the cheese seals the bread slices together.
If you are worried the cheese isn’t melting well, then cover the skillet with a lid, and the cheese will steam a little.
Once everything is nice and browned on each side, remove the sandwich from the pan. Place it on a cutting board and slice it in half if you want. If not, put it on a plate and dig in!
Grown Up Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwich
- 4 Slices Sourdough Bread
- 2 Slices Muenster
- 2 Ounces Mozzarella Sliced 56 grams
- 1 Ounce Brie Sliced 28 grams
- 6 Slices Bacon Cooked
- 1 Tablespoon Butter Melted
- First, cook the bacon per the package instructions.
- Next, slice the mozzarella and brie. Once sliced, go ahead and flatten the cheeses out some, so they melt evenly.
- Afterward, melt the butter in your microwave.
- While the butter melts, preheat your skillet on medium heat.
- After that brush the outsides of each slice of bread with melted butter.
- Then build the grilled cheese sandwich as follows: bread, butter side down, then muenster cheese, bacon, mozzarella, and brie cheeses. Then top with a slice of bread, butter side up.
- Cook the sandwich in the preheated pan for approximately four to six minutes on each side.
- Lastly, remove the cooked sandwich from the skillet and serve it while it is still hot and gooey.