Cherry Bacon Grilled Cheese

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Grilled cheese with crispy bacon, fresh berries and basil.


  • 4-6 slices bacon
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 4 slices whole grain bread
  • 4 slices Gouda or Havarti (or about 1 cup shredded)
  • 6-8 sweet cherries, halved and pitted
  • 2 tablespoons basil, chiffonade


  1. Cook bacon in a skillet set to medium until crispy, about 5-6 minutes, flipping once. Place cooked bacon slices on a paper towel-lined plate to soak up grease.
  2. Spread the butter on one side of eaech piece of whole grain bread.
  3. Build the sandwich with whole grain bread, 1 slice cheese, cherries, basil and bacon, then another slice of cheese.
  4. Place in the hot skillet and cook until golden on the bottom, about 3-5 minutes, placing a heavy bottomed skillet on top to condense the sandwich.
  5. Remove the pan, flip the sandwich and cook until the other side is golden and cheese is melted, about 3-5 more minutes.


Cooking Tip: Make sure the skillet is hot before adding the grilled cheese ingredients.