Apple Bacon Grilled Cheese – Palette Dining

Apple Bacon Grilled Cheese is one of those decadent, easy meals that I only think to make when I’m creating a new recipe. That’s a habit I plan on changing, because this apple bacon grilled cheese is warm, hearty, and fatty: perfect for a Winnipeg winter, or a morning that requires a little extra juice to get your gears going. Literally.

Florida residents, let me explain.

Winnipeg is so cold during the winter that if we don’t plug in our cars overnight, the engines basically freeze over. It’s a common sight to see a stranded Winnipegger sitting in an icebox, breath clouding up the already frosted windows, while a friendly parking lot neighbour digs around for jumper cables. It nearly happened to me.

Bacon Grilled Cheese

Yesterday morning on my way to work, while I twisted the key in the ignition expecting to hear that satisfying rev of the engine, all that taunted back was silence. Miraculously, after a couple failed attempts and some very questionable noises, my grandpa of a car pulled through. It was a close call, and gave me the kick in the butt I needed to go buy an outdoor extension cable.

When it’s freezing outside, this apple bacon grilled cheese is the best way to warm your body from your tongue to your belly. Granny Smith apples are tangy and crunchy, adding some depth to a soft grilled cheese. The bacon is 100 per cent necessary, but then again, isn’t it always? (Confession: There was actually a time in my life where I would have said the opposite. My, how things change.)

Best of all, when you’re exhausted from a long day at work, or taking care of little hellions, or nursing a hangover, it’s a quick fix for those salty, carby cravings. Enjoy

5.0 from 5 reviewsPrint Apple and Bacon Grilled Cheese Author: Palette Dining Prep time:  5 mins Cook time:  20 mins Total time:  25 mins Yield: serves 2   Ingredients

  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 granny smith apple
  • 150 g (5.3 oz) cheddar cheese
  • 4 slices thick-cut bread

Instructions

  1. Place the bacon in a frying pan (not preheated), then turn the heat to medium-high. Cook the bacon, turning frequently, for 8 minutes or until slightly crispy. Transfer the bacon to a clean plate lined with paper towel to let the excess oil drip off. Alternatively, cook the bacon in the microwave. Place the slices on a paper towel-lined microwave-safe plate and cover with a couple paper towels. Cook for 5 minutes on high or until slightly crispy.
  2. Preheat a cast-iron pan over medium or a sandwich press. Slice the apple into thin slices (you’ll only need about half), and do the same with the cheddar cheese. Butter one side of each piece of bread, and begin making two sandwiches. Layer each sandwich (butter side out) with cheese, apples, bacon, and a final layer of cheese. Cook for 3 minutes on each side using either method of cooking.

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