It started off like this…
And ended up like this…
So the other day I made some Homemade Creamy Tomato Soup. A nice bowl of soup to help fight against the cold is a good comfort meal if you as me. Of course, I would be doing you all a huge disservice if I didn’t give you a great idea for something to dip inside of the tomato soup, right?! Right! Tomato soup isn’t tomato soup without a grilled cheese sandwich. I didn’t want to make just any kind of grilled cheese sandwich. No! I wanted to make something so wonderful, so beautiful, so outside of the box, something that will make you say “Shut up Nicole and just give me the recipe already” good that it makes you want to, not only want to smack your momma, but your husband too! That is when it hit me! How about combining salty and sweet and make a Apple & Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Gruyere Cheese! WHAT THE WHAT SON! Oh yea, I did that.
I think regular grilled cheese with bread and American Classic Singles (which isn’t real cheese if you ask me) is so boring and has no real flavor. But this grilled cheese sandwich is amazing. Everything works in this sandwich. The hickory flavor from the bacon along with the saltiness and combine that with the sweet and tartness from the granny smith apple, along with that nutty and delicious flavor of the Gruyere Cheese! You can’t go wrong with this sandwich. It is impossible! The best part of this whole thing is dipping it into a bowl of Creamy Tomato Soup! It is magnificent and will leave you wanting this combination day after day. Your next weekend off from work, extra curricular activities, and visiting make some tomato soup and this grilled cheese sandwich. When you feel the love coming from this combination, you will know then how much I love you.
- 2 slices white country bread
- 3 thick slices hickory smoked bacon, cooked
- 4 thin slices Granny Smith Apple
- 4 slices Gruyere Cheese or 2 cups shredded
- butter for spreading
- Warm a panini maker (if you have one) or take a grilled pan and place it on the stove.
- Generously butter one side of the pieces of bread; lay the butter side down on a cutting board and add 2 slices or a cup of shredded Gruyere, 2 slices of apple, bacon, apple, cheese, and the the other piece of bread. Add about an additional tablespoon of butter in the pan and allow to melt. Place the sandwich in the saute pan on low to medium heat for about 3 to 5 minutes until golden brown, flip the other side and repeat the same process. Add more butter to the pan if necessary. Cut in half and serve!