Our Bacon and Brie Grilled Cheese Sandwich is a delicious sandwich that combines the rich, creamy goodness of Brie cheese with the savory crunch of bacon, and we even throw in a hint of sweetness with some thinly sliced apple. It's the perfect choice for a quick, satisfying meal.
Craving the ultimate comfort food? Look no further than this mouthwatering Bacon and Brie Grilled Cheese Sandwich. We added some sweetness with apple slices, but that parts optional. It's delicious both ways.
It's a fun twist on the classic grilled cheese sandwich.
This recipe combines the creamy decadence of Brie cheese, the savory crunch of bacon, and a hint of sweetness from thinly sliced apples. It's a quick and easy dish that's perfect for satisfying your cheesy cravings any time of the day.
I personally love grilled cheese sandwiches, and brie is perfect for making the best grilled cheese since it's such a gooey cheese. If you enjoy this sandwich recipe, be sure to check out more sandwich recipes like our chicken club sandwich and our BLT sliders.
What You'll Love About This Recipe
- Quick and Easy: This recipe comes together in just 8-10 minutes, making it perfect for busy weeknights or when you're craving a delicious meal without the fuss.
- Rich and Creamy: The Brie cheese adds a luxurious creaminess that takes the classic grilled cheese to a whole new level of indulgence.
- Savory and Sweet: The combination of crispy bacon, sweet honey-drizzled apples, and savory cheese creates a harmonious flavor profile that pleases both your sweet and savory cravings.
- Customizable: You can choose to include apple slices for a unique twist or stick to the traditional bacon and Brie for a simpler yet equally delicious sandwich.
Your favorite bread: You can choose any bread you love, whether it's the classic white bread, the rustic sourdough bread, hearty multigrain, or wholesome whole wheat.
Brie cheese: Look for Brie cheese that's soft, creamy, and has a mild, buttery taste. Slicing it thinly helps it melt beautifully.
Cooked bacon: Use your favorite bacon variety, be it the smoky kind, sweet maple-cured, or even turkey bacon. Cook it to your preferred level of crispiness.
Apple: For a touch of sweetness and freshness, choose a crisp apple like Granny Smith or Honeycrisp.
Honey: While this adds a delightful sweetness to the sandwich, it's entirely optional. Feel free to omit it if you prefer a savory experience.
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- Panini grill (or a skillet and spatula as an alternative)
- Butter knife for spreading butter on the bread slices
Begin by preheating your panini grill or skillet over medium heat. It's important to have it nice and hot before you start cooking.
Take two slices of your chosen bread and lay them on a clean surface. Now, here comes the fun part – spread those thin slices of creamy Brie cheese evenly on one side of each bread slice. Don't be shy with the cheese; it's the star here.
Time to add some freshness – place those thinly sliced apples on top of the bacon. Think of it as nature's way of balancing the richness. Make sure the apple slices cover the cheese evenly.
Lay two slices of your cooked bacon on top of the cheese-covered side of each bread slice. The sizzling bacon adds a delightful crunch to your sandwich.
If you want to add a touch of sweetness, drizzle some honey over the apples. It's like nature's caramel sauce. Just a tablespoon will do the trick.
Now, complete your masterpiece by topping each sandwich with the remaining two slices of bread. This creates a delicious sandwich with all the flavorful ingredients tucked inside.
Here's a nifty trick: spread a thin layer of butter on the outer side of each sandwich. This step not only adds a golden brown crispiness but also enhances the flavor.
Time to grill! Place your sandwiches on the preheated panini grill or skillet. Listen to that satisfying sizzle as they hit the heat. Grill until the bread turns a beautiful golden brown, and the Brie cheese inside starts to melt.
This usually takes about 3-5 minutes, but keep a watchful eye on them – we want perfect golden perfection.
Once your sandwiches are grilled to perfection, remove them from the heat. It's time to let them cool for just a minute. This helps the flavors settle and avoids any tongue burns.
Finally, grab a sharp knife, slice each sandwich in half diagonally, and voila! You're ready to savor every bite of your delicious Bacon and Brie Grilled Cheese Sandwich. Enjoy while they're still warm!
For a perfectly melted Brie cheese, ensure that the cheese slices are not too thick. Thinner slices will melt more evenly and quickly, giving you that gooey, creamy goodness with each bite.
Cheese: If you're not a fan of Brie, you can substitute it with other melting cheeses like cheddar, Swiss, or gouda.
Bacon: For a vegetarian option, you can skip the bacon altogether or use vegetarian bacon alternatives.
Apple: While apple adds a delightful sweetness, you can experiment with other fruits like pear or figs for a unique twist.
- Herb-Infused Butter: Elevate the flavor by spreading herb-infused butter on the bread slices before grilling. Mix fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, or basil with softened butter for a fragrant twist.
- Spicy Kick: Add a kick of heat by spreading a thin layer of spicy mustard on one side of the bread before assembling the sandwich. The combination of heat with the creamy Brie is irresistible.
- Gourmet Greens: Include some fresh arugula or spinach leaves for a pop of color and a touch of freshness. These greens add a nice contrast to the richness of the sandwich.
If, by some miracle, you have leftovers (which is rare because this sandwich is so good), here's how to store and reheat them:
Fridge: Place the leftover sandwiches in an airtight container and store them in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
Freezer: I don't recommend trying to freeze this sandwich. The bread often becomes sogging.
Reheating: To reheat, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Place the refrigerated sandwich in the oven for about 10 minutes (for refrigerated) until they're heated through and the cheese is melty again. You can also use a toaster oven for quicker results. Avoid microwaving, as it may make the bread soggy. Enjoy the deliciousness once again!
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Bacon and Brie Grilled Cheese Sandwich
- 4 slices of your favorite bread sourdough, multigrain, or whole wheat
- ½ wheel of Brie cheese sliced
- 4 slices of bacon cooked until desired crispiness has been reached
- ½ apple cored and thinly sliced
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- Place Brie cheese slices on two slices of bread.
- Add two bacon slices on each cheese-covered slice.
- Layer thinly sliced apples on top.
- Drizzle honey over the apples.
- Top with the remaining bread slices.
- Spread butter on the outer sides of sandwiches.
- Grill in a panini press or skillet over medium heat until golden brown and cheese is melted (3-5 minutes).
- Slice and enjoy!
Absolutely! You have the freedom to choose your favorite bread for this recipe. Whether it's the classic white bread, the rustic sourdough, hearty multigrain, or wholesome whole wheat, your preferred bread will work wonderfully. The choice of bread can add its unique character to the sandwich, so feel free to experiment with different types to find your perfect combination.
When it comes to selecting Brie cheese, look for one that's ripe and creamy. It should have a smooth, buttery texture and a mild, delicate flavor. Slicing the Brie cheese thinly is a smart move because it ensures that it melts evenly inside the sandwich, giving you that delightful gooey goodness in every bite.
While the honey adds a touch of sweetness to your sandwich, it's entirely optional. If you prefer your grilled cheese on the savory side, feel free to skip the honey. The beauty of this recipe lies in its flexibility, allowing you to tailor it to your taste preferences.
Absolutely! This recipe serves as a fantastic canvas for creativity. You can add various ingredients to customize your sandwich. For example, consider spreading herb-infused butter on the bread for added flavor, or add a thin layer of spicy mustard to give it a delightful kick. Fresh greens like arugula or spinach can bring a pop of color and a hint of freshness to the mix. Feel free to experiment and make it your own!
This Bacon and Brie Grilled Cheese Sandwich has a delicious blend of flavors and textures that make it a satisfying meal. Whether you're looking for an easy yet impressive meal or craving comfort food, this sandwich is sure to become a favorite.