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.
This was a hit all around – The Bug and The Hubby loved it, and so did I, in my gluten-free version.
Do 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.
Strawberry, Bacon & Havarti Grilled Cheese
- 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)
- Spread four of the slices of bread with 1 t Dijon mustard on each.
- Spread the other four slices 1 T of preserves on each.
- Divide the bacon evenly among the slices with the preserves. Top each with ¼ c Havarti cheese.
- Top with the slice of bread spread with the mustard.
- Melt butter and olive oil in a pan over medium-low heat.
- 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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