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The Smoky: Grilled Cheese with Smoked Cheddar, Ham, and Bacon

The Smoky: Grilled Cheese with Smoked Cheddar, Ham, and Bacon
Dan Myers

The Smoky: Grilled Cheese with Smoked Cheddar, Ham, and Bacon

Smokiness is a virtue we all can appreciate in our food, and this grilled cheese takes it to the fourth degree. Everything except for the bread has a smoky quality to it: the Cheddar is smoked, as are the ham and bacon, as well as the chipotle mayo. And as opposed to slathering it in butter, this cheese is "grilled" in a lighter, mess-free way: It's wrapped in aluminum foil and pressed down onto a pan until it's golden brown and delicious. 

If you like your food smoky, this one's for you!

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Ingredients

  • 2 slices ham
  • 2 Tablespoons chipotle mayonnaise (or regular mayonnaise, if unavailable)
  • 4 slices smoked Cheddar
  • 4 strips bacon, cooked
  • 4 slices white bread, preferably Pullman loaf

Directions

Cook the ham partially (in order to crisp it up) by either placing it in a hot pan for a couple of minutes, in a hot oven, or in the microwave for about 30 seconds until it loses about half of its moisture. 

Spread ½ tablespoon of the chipotle mayonnaise on all slices of bread. Set 2 slices aside as top slices. 

On the bottom slices, place 1 slice of cheese, followed by 2 strips of bacon, 1 slice of ham, and the second slice of cheese, before adding on the top slices of bread. 

Wrap the sandwiches in aluminum foil and place in a pan over medium-high heat. Press down with another pan, a brick, etc. for about 5 minutes, flip, and repeat. 

Remove from the pan when the cheese is melted and the bread is golden brown. Enjoy. 

Nutritional Facts
Servings2
Calories Per Serving771
Total Fat57g88%
Sugar4gN/A
Saturated22g100%
Cholesterol117mg39%
Protein32g63%
Carbs31g10%
Vitamin A154µg17%
Vitamin B120.9µg15%
Vitamin B60.3mg16.9%
Vitamin C1mg2%
Vitamin D0.8µg0.2%
Vitamin E0.8mg4.1%
Vitamin K4µg6%
Calcium465mg46%
Fiber3g11%
Folate (food)54µgN/A
Folate equivalent (total)74µg18%
Folic acid12µgN/A
Iron3mg15%
Magnesium54mg14%
Monounsaturated19gN/A
Niacin (B3)6mg32%
Phosphorus478mg68%
Polyunsaturated12gN/A
Potassium340mg10%
Riboflavin (B2)0.5mg28.6%
Sodium1444mg60%
Thiamin (B1)0.6mg39.4%
Trans0.8gN/A
Zinc4mg24%