April is National Grilled Cheese Month! Didja know? I have been meaning to do a Grilled Cheese Week here on the blog for awhile now, and well, April seemed like the best time to do it! But the thing is, April has been SO BUSY here on the blog, and it’s really thriving and keeps me super swamped with projects and collaborations and lots of fun things – so I haven’t had a ton of time to really get “Grilled Cheese Week” up and running until now. Just in the nick of time!
So I am going to work my booty off to get as many grilled cheese recipes out as I can this week, and if I miss a day – don’t shoot me! I’m really trying my hardest! Ha!
So for my very first grilled cheese recipe, I have a Brie Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Green Apples because, hello! I’ve always loved brie cheese, it’s so soft and rich and buttery and it just makes everything tasty fancy and delicious. It’s wonderful with nuts, and fruits and so I thought I would make a really delicious and rich grilled cheese using it. You know me, did you expect this week would be a lot of variations on the typical American grilled cheese!? I KNOW y’all have come to expect more from me!
Typically, Brie cheese is reserved for Sunday brunch and holidays. I usually wrap it in puff pasty with sliced almonds and honey and let the cheese do it’s buttery thing, but last year when Charlie and I went and saw my one true love in concert, Sir Paul McCartney, we had burgers beforehand and I had a Brie and Green Apple burger and OMG was it so fantastically amazing.
Charlie isn’t a huge Brie cheese fan, and he isn’t really one for grilled cheese either, so the other night when it was “Fend for Yourself” night, I made this for dinner. I thought adding bacon would give it some smokey delicious bacony goodness. And I was right. It added just the right amount of savory to the sandwich with the apples sweet, tartness. You wouldn’t automatically assume those would go together, but they pair beautifully!
I opted for a nice artisan sourdough, because it holds up really well when you load a bunch of stuff on it. Regular sandwich bread won’t cut it for this grilled cheese. It’s too fancy, and you need something hearty with a crunch on it, because Brie isn’t as melty as say, American cheese, so the sandwich needs some heft to keep it together.
When you cut your Brie into slices, don’t worry about the white outside rind, it’s totally safe to eat and doesn’t taste weird at all. If you are worried about it, by all mean, take the extra time to cut it off, but it’s not necessary.
- 2 slices of sourdough bread
- 3 slices of bacon, cooked crisp and drained
- ½ a green apple, sliced thinnly
- 8 thin slices of Brie cheese
- Butter, softened
- Start by buttering the outside of the sourdough with a thin layer of butter.
- Over medium low heat, quickly melt the butter into the bread, but don't toast it yet.
- Remove the bread from the pan and assemble your sandwich.
- Buttered side down, layer the Brie cheese slices on the bread. You may not need all the cheese, but just make sure that there is enough to melt and cover the surface of your sandwich.
- One one slice of bread, add the bacon to the top of the cheese and on the other, layer the apple slices on top.
- Carefully place the tow sides together, buttered side outwards and place into a pan over medium heat.
- Grill under toasted and golden brown and flip sandwich over, using a spatula.
- Continue to grill the sandwich until both sides are golden, then reduce heat to low if cheese is not completely melted all the way through.
- Once melted, remove from heat, cut in half and serve.
Doesn’t that sandwich look so good? It was delicious, and yes that it my bite out of it! It looked too good not to sample while I was shooting photos of it! The Brie was perfectly soft and melty, the bacon was crisp and warm and the apples we’re still crunchy, but slightly warm and softened. It was fantastic! And I will definitely be making this again in the future!
Tune in tomorrow for a delicious Breakfast Grilled Cheese that’s super delicious – I know because I ate it for breakfast!