Strawberry, Bacon & Havarti Grilled Cheese (and a gluten-free option)


Between Mom’s Crazy Cooking Challenge – Grilled Cheese, and the abundance of fancy-pants grilled cheeses that were all over the blogosphere during April – National Grilled Cheese Month, I have been craving grilled cheese constantly.  Luckily I found Rudi’s Gluten-Free Multi-Grain Bread, so that I can indulge my craving a bit.  And I know I just posted my Chicken & Broccoli Grilled Cheese yesterday, but can you ever really have enough grilled cheese?!  This one has the sweet and savory combo that I love, with a little tang of Dijon mustard, and the creaminess of the Havarti.  Havarti adds a so much butteriness itself that you don’t have to add a ton of butter to the sandwich to get that rich, creamy flavor.  The bacon almost acts as a seasoning here, as opposed to being a main component of the sandwich.  I didn’t want a grilled cheese and bacon sandwich – I really just wanted the salty smokiness and a bit of crunch.   And May is National Strawberry Month, so the sweetness to balance that saltiness comes from some Smucker’s Orchard’s Finest Pacific Mountain Strawberry Preserves.

Strawberry Bacon and Havarti Grilled Cheese on Rye 1

This was a hit all around – The Bug and The Hubby loved it, and so did I, in my gluten-free version.

Strawberry Bacon and Havarti Grilled Cheese on Gluten Free 2Do you like sweet & salty/savory together?  What are your favorite foods with that combo – chocolate covered pretzels, kettle corn?  I love chocolate and peanut butter or fruit with cheese.

5.0 from 2 reviews
Strawberry, Bacon & Havarti Grilled Cheese
Recipe type: Sandwich
Serves: 4
  • 8 slices of your bread of choice (I used Rudi's Gluten Free Multi-grain bread, and whole wheat bread)
  • 4 t Dijon mustard
  • 4 T strawberry preserves (I used Smucker’s Orchard’s Finest Pacific Mountain Strawberry Preserves)
  • 2 slices of bacon, cooked until crispy, and crumbled
  • 1 c (about 4 oz.) Havarti cheese, shredded
  • 2 T butter and/or olive oil (I used 1 T of each)
  1. Spread four of the slices of bread with 1 t Dijon mustard on each.
  2. Spread the other four slices 1 T of preserves on each.
  3. Divide the bacon evenly among the slices with the preserves. Top each with ¼ c Havarti cheese.
  4. Top with the slice of bread spread with the mustard.
  5. Melt butter and olive oil in a pan over medium-low heat.
  6. Cook the sandwiches for about 3-4 minutes per side, or until golden brown and the cheese has melted. Covering the pan with a lid during cooking will help the inside get all warm and gooey before the bread gets too browned.


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  1. Keri Hall says

    My favorite go to is also fruit and cheese. But if I’m feeling adventurous, I love corn chips and vanilla ice cream. Sounds weird, but it’s soooooooo good. Don’t knock it till you try it. Lol

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