Friday, February 1, 2013

Apple & Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Well, as most of you know, we had all of our things loaded into a truck yesterday, drove them about 180 miles, and then unloaded them into our new house. (More to come on that next week!) If you have ever done any such thing, you know that it consumes you. Literally. So I have enlisted the help of some of my friends to deliver some great food to you while I’m unpacking my life from boxes.

Laurie has been a favorite for a long time. Her mouthwatering photography will hook you instantly but her humor, genuine attitude and amazing recipes will make you stay a while. Just take a look at her recipe box – I don’t even know where to start. But here are a few of my favorites from Simply Scratch: french onion soup grilled cheese; cheesy roasted garlic chip dip; dark chocolate merlot cookies; and if you need any last-minute Super Bowl recipes, Laurie has you covered! Make sure you connect with Laurie via Simply Scratch, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest!

Hi all! It’s me, Laurie from Simply Scratch and I am absolutely tickled Cassie invited me over to guest post for her while she’s loading and unloading, packing and unpacking a gazillion boxes and moving into her new home. I was just in her shoes last summer and being the great friend Cassie is, she helped me out big time by guest posting for me.

Apple Bacon Grilled Cheese 8

And since it’s only fair to repay the favor {Cassie I still haven’t forgot about that confetti cookie pie! OMG!} I brought sandwiches. Cassie and I are like two peas in a pod when it comes to sandwiches. Gimme bacon, gimme cheese and let’s slap it on some good ol’ bakery bread, butter it up and grill it until it’s nice and crispy. Can I get an Amen?!

Apple Bacon Grilled Cheese

This sandwich came together one day while I was rummaging through my fridge. I’m a bacon fuh-reak so I always have that on hand, but then I spied the apples and some left over smoked Gruyere and this apple and bacon grilled cheese was born.

sliced gala apples

First you’ll want to slice the apple up pretty thin. I’m using a Galla apple, but any firm apple will do. Brayburn, Pink Lady or the beloved Honeycrisp… any of those would be delicious.

grilled cheese step 1

There aren’t too many technicalities when it comes to grilled cheese making. Except when it comes to the butter. I believe in spreading the butter, thinly {but not too thin of course} and evenly… covering every square inch of the bread, doing this will ensure even crispiness. Place the bread, butter-side down in a preheated skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle a little Gruyere down so the apples have something to stick too.

grilled cheese step 4

Top with the slices of apples… the sky is the limit so pile them up!

grilled cheese step 5

Top with the crispy bacon, some black pepper and lots of grated Gruyere.

Apple & Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

And flip once the bottom is nice and golden.

Apple & Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

The crispy bacon, the gooey cheese and the fresh sweet apple is almost too much to handle. But luckily I’m an expert at eating so it went down with out a hitch.

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Apple & Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Yield: 2 sandwiches

Prep Time: 8 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Sweet apple, smoked bacon and gooey cheese all smashed together between two slices of hearty bread. What more do you need?


4 slices of Your Favorite Bread
4-6 slices of Slab Bacon, cooked and cut in half
1/2 Galla Apple, sliced thinly
1/2 cup Grated Smoked Gruyere Cheese
Black Pepper, to taste


Butter your bread and preheat a skillet over medium heat.

Lay the first slice down, {butter-side touching the pan} and sprinkle a little bit of the cheese.

Layer the apples, bacon, a couple grinds of black pepper and that off with half of the grated Gruyere cheese.

Place the second slice on top of that and carefully flip when the underneath is golden and crispy.

Repeat with the second sandwich. Enjoy!

Original recipe from Laurie of Simply Scratch

Laurie, thank you so much for sharing these amazing sandwiches, you truly know me and my love for grilled cheeses!

Apple & Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwiches


37 Responses to “Apple & Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwiches”

  1. #
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — February 1, 2013 @ 6:24 am

    I hope the whole moving process is over soon, Cassie!

    And this looks absolutely amazing. I haven’t had a grilled cheese in years but that shot of it all assembled, without the top piece of bread on top? Oh my gosh. I need to get me some sandwich bread! Best grilled cheese ever.

  2. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — February 1, 2013 @ 6:53 am

    In no time your house will all be set up! I wish it were that easy really! I love Laurie and I love this sandwich that she showcased today!

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    Mandie @ Oh So Decadent — February 1, 2013 @ 6:54 am

    Wow. I think you might have just converted me to the world of bacon and apple grilled cheese! I’m normally a plain cheese/bread girl only, but I cannot with this sandwich. I need one right now, or ten minutes ago. They’re socially acceptable for breakfast, right?

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    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — February 1, 2013 @ 7:10 am

    Amen is right! This grilled cheese looks amazing and I love it with the smoke gruyere, yum!

  5. #
    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — February 1, 2013 @ 8:05 am

    So dang tasty looking, Laurie is the genuine Sammie queen!

  6. #
    Sommer@ASpicyPerspective — February 1, 2013 @ 8:38 am

    Headed to your house for lunch today….

  7. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — February 1, 2013 @ 8:57 am

    This looks phenomenal!!

  8. #
    Sheila — February 1, 2013 @ 9:17 am

    MMMm this is my kind of sandwich!

  9. #
    Anne@eatcleaneatreal — February 1, 2013 @ 9:33 am

    YUM! Apples and cheese are the best…adding bacon just takes it to a whole different level. Cant wait to try it!

  10. #
    Katie M — February 1, 2013 @ 9:53 am
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    Jennifurla — February 1, 2013 @ 10:10 am

    OMG, so simple and I get – over the top delish

  12. #
    Heidi @foodiecrush — February 1, 2013 @ 10:13 am

    Congrats on the move! It’ll be like Christmas going through all your boxes, and deciding what goes to giveaway! Laurie rocked this grilled cheese, love the sweet and salty. As usual.

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    Julia {The Roasted Root} — February 1, 2013 @ 10:23 am

    Good luck on your move, Cassie and huge congrats on the new home!! I hope you have time between unpacking boxes to enjoy one of Laurie’s grilled cheeses! Those thing look wooooonderful!

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    Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — February 1, 2013 @ 10:31 am

    This looks like my kind of sandwich! Love the apple in grilled cheese!

  15. #
    Gourmantine — February 1, 2013 @ 11:18 am

    That is such an indulgent sandwich, warm apples and smoked gruyere… sounds divine!

  16. #
    Paula @ Vintage Kitchen — February 1, 2013 @ 11:24 am

    This is one of the best and simple idea for a grilled cheese I´ve seen in a long time! Just wonderful and a perfect decadent brunch!

  17. #
    carrian — February 1, 2013 @ 11:28 am

    LOOOOVE sweet and salty grilled cheese!

  18. #
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — February 1, 2013 @ 11:43 am

    ONe of these days I need to try this apple-cheese-bacon combination. I know I would like it (especially with a Gala apple, they are my fav), but for some reason have held back. Looks so good!

  19. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — February 1, 2013 @ 12:18 pm

    Mmmmm…bacon and cheese? Amen to that! I’m loving it!

  20. #
    Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies — February 1, 2013 @ 12:52 pm

    Apples + Cheese = Happiness. Totally love this!

  21. #
    Amber (Sprinkled With Flour) — February 1, 2013 @ 12:56 pm

    Cassie…I know exactly how grueling a move across the state can be, we just did it about 6 months ago. So glad you had Laurie helping you out on the blog though! This sammich looks drool-worthy! Yum. 🙂 Have fun unpacking… 🙂

  22. #
    a farmer in the dell — February 1, 2013 @ 12:57 pm

    I am in love with this sandwich.

  23. #
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking — February 1, 2013 @ 2:11 pm

    Oh god, drooling over here! This looks so scrumptious, Cassie. Wishing you the very best of luck with all that’s to come during your move. So exciting!

  24. #
    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic — February 1, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

    Good luck with packing, Cassie!
    Laurie – any thing with cheese and bacon gets my vote. This looks so good! Great guest post.

  25. #
    Sweet Sarah — February 1, 2013 @ 3:31 pm

    Holy buhjeezus, I think I’ve died and gone to heaven.


  26. #
    Laura (Tutti Dolci) — February 1, 2013 @ 9:08 pm

    What a great grilled cheese! Hope the unpacking goes as smoothly as possible!

  27. #
    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — February 3, 2013 @ 1:21 am

    So glad to see Laurie here. And even better that she is sharing this amazing grilled cheese sandwich! So yummy!

  28. #
    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — February 3, 2013 @ 3:04 am

    Awesome guest post! I absolutely love Laurie! And these grilled cheeses are a must! I bet that fruity savory combo is to die for!

  29. #
    Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs — February 3, 2013 @ 9:16 pm

    Cassie, these look perfect! Love bacon and apple together. Hope you guys are getting settled in your new home 🙂

  30. #
    Laurie {Simply Scratch} — February 4, 2013 @ 8:11 am

    Thanks Cassie for letting me come by and guest post for you! I hope you are enjoying your new place! XO

  31. #
    Tammy R — April 17, 2013 @ 1:18 pm

    Not normally one to comment on recipes (usually just don’t think about giving feedback). I am making an exception on the Apple & Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwich…. Local grocery didn’t have a decent smoked gouda, so I tried Monterey Jack. This sandwich ROCKED. I totally loved the way the flavors blended. Thanks for sharing!

  32. #
    Sheila Dershewitz — January 26, 2014 @ 2:13 pm

    Hi Cassie, I was looking for a grilled cheese recipe when I saw the name of your blog- it made me SMILE because I used to have a baking business with a dear friend who has passed away- we were called Bake My Day. It brought back so many happy memories of the 2 of us baking away for hours & sharing our lives. Hope you have a great friend in your new location to share your yummy food. If you ever need a delicious biscotti recipe please contact me – I’m happy to share. Good luck in all you do!! Sheila


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