Sharp Cheddar, Apples, and Bacon Grilled Cheese

Sharp Cheddar, Apples, and Bacon Grilled Cheese
Cheddar, Apple, and Bacon on Raisin Bread

St. Francis Winery

This classic combination works best on raisin bread. Sobocinski suggests serving the sandwich with St. Francis Cabernet, highlighting the wine's hints of black currant fruit, oak, vanilla, and tobacco.

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Ingredients

  • slices applewood smoked bacon
  • 6  Ounces  sharp Cheddar, grated into medium/large shreds
  • Granny Smith apple, cored, peeled, and cut into 1/4-inch disk slices
  • 1/4  Teaspoon  cayenne
  • 1/2-inch slices of raisin bread
  • 2  Tablespoons  unsalted butter

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Lay the bacon out onto a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Cook in the oven for 12-17 minutes or until nicely browned and crisp.

Remove bacon from sheet pan onto a dish lined with a paper towel and allow to drain and cool.

Butter one side of each of the slices of raisin bread equally with the 2 tablespoons of butter.

Assemble the sandwiches by placing a quarter of the shredded Cheddar on the unbuttered side of one slice of bread, then 2 slices of apple, a pinch of cayenne (or more if you like), then 3 slices of crisp bacon, then more shredded Cheddar, all topped off with raisin bread, butted side facing out.

In a large sauté pan, cook the sandwiches on one side until golden brown, flip, and finish cooking in the preheated oven until nicely melted through. Allow sandwiches to rest for 3 minutes before cutting or eating.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
29g
41%
Sugar
3g
3%
Saturated Fat
6g
25%
Cholesterol
3mg
1%
Carbohydrate, by difference
56g
43%
Protein
10g
22%
Vitamin A, RAE
13µg
2%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
5µg
6%
Calcium, Ca
85mg
9%
Choline, total
8mg
2%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Folate, total
118µg
30%
Iron, Fe
4mg
22%
Magnesium, Mg
45mg
14%
Niacin
4mg
29%
Phosphorus, P
116mg
17%
Selenium, Se
1µg
2%
Sodium, Na
772mg
51%
Thiamin
1mg
91%
Water
2g
0%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Cheddar Shopping Tip

If a piece of cheese smells strongly of ammonia, don't buy it. This is typically a sign of spoilage.

Cheddar Cooking Tip

Allow cheese to come to room temperature before serving. This will accentuate the flavors and aromas.

Cheddar Wine Pairing

Rich white wines and full-bodied reds go well with most cheeses and cheese-based dishes. Some specific recommendations: chardonnay or pinot blanc with goat cheese; dry chenin blanc with earthy cheeses; rosé or sercial madeira with melted-cheese appetizers; port with blue cheese (especially stilton); amontillado sherry or syrah/shiraz with strong cheeses; olooros or palo cortado sherry with creamy cheeses; merlot or carménère with mild cheeses; cabernet sauvignon, malbec, mourvèdre, Rhône blends, or petite sirah with cheddar- or gouda-type cheeses; nero d'avola with full-flavored Spanish or Italian cheeses; sangiovese with dishes using parmigiano-reggiano and similar cheeses.