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Bacon, Pear & Raspberry Grilled Cheese

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Tasty Kitchen Blog: Bacon, Pear & Raspberry Grilled Cheese. Guest post by Laurie McNamara of Simply Scratch, recipe submitted by TK member Lindsay of Pinch of Yum.

 
April is National Grilled Cheese Month!  So what better way to celebrate than with a newly discovered and loved grilled cheese sandwich? I’ve had my eye on Lindsay’s recipe since I saw it first on her blog Pinch of Yum. I was intrigued by all the flavors and placed it in my TK recipe box for safekeeping. The first chance that I had, I whipped these up for my Mom for lunch. And after we finished our sandwiches I knew I had to spotlight this fantastic Bacon, Pear and Raspberry Grilled Cheese on the TK Blog.
 
I take the whole grilled-cheese-making process very seriously. So seriously in fact that I broke it all down and came up with a game plan on just how this sandwich should be built. Crazy? Maybe. For example, I placed the bacon by the raspberry preserves for the whole salty-meets-sweet thing, then the sliced pear on the bacon, leaving the cheese to melt all over the pear. But however you decide to stack it, all of you fellow grilled cheese lovers should  make this ASAP (it is a holiday after all)!
 
 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Bacon, Pear & Raspberry Grilled Cheese. Guest post by Laurie McNamara of Simply Scratch, recipe submitted by TK member Lindsay of Pinch of Yum.

To make these sandwiches you’ll need 4 slices of sturdy whole wheat bread. Because of the weight from all these toppings you definitely want bread that can stand up to the challenge. Not only does the earthiness of the whole wheat bread round out this sammie, but it’s good for you too!
 
 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Bacon, Pear & Raspberry Grilled Cheese. Guest post by Laurie McNamara of Simply Scratch, recipe submitted by TK member Lindsay of Pinch of Yum.

I’m using the same skillet I used to fry up the bacon so I drained off all of the bacon fat.

 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Bacon, Pear & Raspberry Grilled Cheese. Guest post by Laurie McNamara of Simply Scratch, recipe submitted by TK member Lindsay of Pinch of Yum.

Then with a sharp knife, thinly slice the pear.
 
 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Bacon, Pear & Raspberry Grilled Cheese. Guest post by Laurie McNamara of Simply Scratch, recipe submitted by TK member Lindsay of Pinch of Yum.

You’ll need about 3 to 4 slices per sandwich so one pear should do the trick for two.
 
 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Bacon, Pear & Raspberry Grilled Cheese. Guest post by Laurie McNamara of Simply Scratch, recipe submitted by TK member Lindsay of Pinch of Yum.

Now let’s assemble the sandwiches. Start by spreading a thin layer of butter on one side of each piece of bread. I’ve found that the thinner the layer of butter, the crispier the grilled cheese!
 
 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Bacon, Pear & Raspberry Grilled Cheese. Guest post by Laurie McNamara of Simply Scratch, recipe submitted by TK member Lindsay of Pinch of Yum.

I place the buttered sides together and start piling on the toppings.
 
 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Bacon, Pear & Raspberry Grilled Cheese. Guest post by Laurie McNamara of Simply Scratch, recipe submitted by TK member Lindsay of Pinch of Yum.

First, the raspberry preserves, the seedless kind.
 
 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Bacon, Pear & Raspberry Grilled Cheese. Guest post by Laurie McNamara of Simply Scratch, recipe submitted by TK member Lindsay of Pinch of Yum.

On top of the preserves lay down four half-strips of bacon or more if that’s how you like to roll.
 
 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Bacon, Pear & Raspberry Grilled Cheese. Guest post by Laurie McNamara of Simply Scratch, recipe submitted by TK member Lindsay of Pinch of Yum.

Top with the thinly sliced pear.
 
 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Bacon, Pear & Raspberry Grilled Cheese. Guest post by Laurie McNamara of Simply Scratch, recipe submitted by TK member Lindsay of Pinch of Yum.

And of course two slices of Munster cheese (because you deserve it).
 
 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Bacon, Pear & Raspberry Grilled Cheese. Guest post by Laurie McNamara of Simply Scratch, recipe submitted by TK member Lindsay of Pinch of Yum.

Place the stacked sandwich, butter-side down, in your skillet preheated on medium and top with the second slice of bread, butter-side up (naturally). Grill the sandwich until it reaches the golden-ness you prefer. I like mine a little on the darker side. 
 
 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Bacon, Pear & Raspberry Grilled Cheese. Guest post by Laurie McNamara of Simply Scratch, recipe submitted by TK member Lindsay of Pinch of Yum.

Flip and repeat.
 
 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Bacon, Pear & Raspberry Grilled Cheese. Guest post by Laurie McNamara of Simply Scratch, recipe submitted by TK member Lindsay of Pinch of Yum.

Cut the grilled cheese in half and serve.
 
 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Bacon, Pear & Raspberry Grilled Cheese. Guest post by Laurie McNamara of Simply Scratch, recipe submitted by TK member Lindsay of Pinch of Yum.

This is one gourmet grilled cheese, one that I’d gladly pay a pretty price for in any cafe. The flavors meld perfectly, and I love the subtlety of the raspberry jam.  
 
 
 
 
Tasty Kitchen Blog: Bacon, Pear & Raspberry Grilled Cheese. Guest post by Laurie McNamara of Simply Scratch, recipe submitted by TK member Lindsay of Pinch of Yum.

This is a grilled cheese that will definitely grace my kitchen table time and time again, and I have a feeling you’re going to love it as well. Thank you Lindsay for dreaming up this sandwich and sharing it with us! 
 
Be sure to head over to Lindsay’s blog for gorgeous photos, good laughs and a generous “Pinch of Yum.” You can of course find many of her delicious recipes here on Tasty Kitchen as well, in her recipe box!

 
 

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Bacon, Pear & Raspberry Grilled Cheese

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Sweet, salty, and very, very cheesy.

Ingredients

  • 4 slices Sturdy, Grainy Wheat Bread
  • 3 Tablespoons Raspberry Preserves
  • 8 slices Red Pear (thinly Sliced)
  • 8 slices Cooked Bacon
  • 4 slices Muenster Cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter

Preparation Instructions

Preheat griddle or panini press to medium-high heat.

Assemble 2 sandwiches in this order: bread, 1 1/2 tablespoons preserves, 4 slices pear, 4 slices bacon, 2 slices cheese, bread.

Spread butter on the top and bottom of the sandwich and grill for 4-8 minutes, or until cheese is melted and top is golden brown.

Note: my slices of bacon were pretty small and thin, which is why I used 4 on each sandwich (gulp). I think 2 regular slices per sandwich would be plenty.

 
 
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Laurie is the force behind Simply Scratch, a blog that documents her efforts to find and create recipes that are made simply from scratch. (We think it’s sweet that her mother-in-law helped her set up her blog and get started.) We love her recipes; they’re not just tried and true, but they look gorgeous as well. Check out her blog and you’ll become a fan too.

 

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Lindsey on 5.8.2012

Sounds so good! Check out my chicken taco recipe here: http://www.umbrelladrink.com

Michaela on 4.25.2012

I made these for dinner last week and my husband was seriously skeptical. He took a couple of bites and then declared it the best sandwich he had ever had. I can’t wait to make it again!!

JaO on 4.23.2012

I made this tonight for dinner. Delicious!!

Kimberly Lea on 4.23.2012

Thanks Laurie!

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TMarie on 4.23.2012

I made this sandwich last night!! It was heavenly!! I wasn’t sure with the jam, but Oh My!! If I didn’t have salmon to cook tonight I would be having this again! Thanks!!

Heather Manley on 4.23.2012

This is a serious grown up grilled cheese. I can’t wait to make it for lunch. And Margaret, I was thinking a soup would be a perfect mate for this sandwich!

Margaret S on 4.23.2012

These are divine. I made a test sandwich for myself Saturday night and then for dinner Sunday night. My husband ate 2 sandwiches. My daughter, who is reluctant to try different combinations, said she would try a 1/4 and then proceeded to eat the whole sandwich. The sandwich is a great combination of sweet, salty, crunchy and tastiness.

I served this with PW’s cauliflower soup (very good).

Katherine on 4.23.2012

I made these for lunch over the weekend. Guess what folks…it was DIVINE!! Hit the spot and then some. TWO THUMBS UP!!

Jo on 4.23.2012

Sounds divine! I am going to go buy some pears on my way home.

Lisa on 4.22.2012

Di, thanks for the laugh! Some of these comments hurt to read and makes ya realize why we have the need to teach our youth about bullying.

Di on 4.22.2012

Geeze Elisabeth…unclutch your pearls and relax. It’s NATIONAL GRILLED CHEESE MONTH….

Teramo on 4.22.2012

I am sooo trying this today!! I was looking for something quick to make for the kids. Thank you.
I am thinking of a variation that I will try and that is using pure maple butter instead of the rasberry jam. You’ll get the sweetness and the great maple taste. Btw if you’ve never had pure maple butter you have to try it….it is heavenly. Its actually not butter per se but a thickened version of maple syrup. However maple butter can be hard to find depending where you live, so I buy ROUGE pue organic maple butter that I get online at http://www.rougemaple.com. I’ll repost to let you all know how this variation worked out.

Mary B on 4.22.2012

Thanks so much Anne I really appreciate the info, Mary

Kimberly Lea on 4.21.2012

Could you tell us what kind of bread that is? Brand and type? Looks yummy!

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch} on 4.22.2012

    Yes Kimberly! I used Pepperidge Farm Whole Grain (15 grain) wheat bread! It’s super delicious and you should be able to find it easily at your major grocery store!

Karen on 4.21.2012

I just tried this for my supper meal and it was DELICIOUS….what a great combo! Thanks!

Anne DeRuiter on 4.21.2012

I do, Mary B! In fact, I was just going to say, “Hey! This is the first time in the history of the universe I’ve seen my dishes on a blog!” It’s Blue Calico by Burleigh. English. They have SUCH gorgeous stuff.

http://www.burleigh.co.uk/

Mary B on 4.21.2012

Hi does anyone know the name of the china pattern in this photo I’m loving that plate.

Sandi ~ LoveFromCapeCod~etsy on 4.21.2012

oh. my. god. PERFECTION between two slices of bread. I’m in. :) xoxoxox ~Sandi …( http://www.LoveFromCapeCod.etsy.com )

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Amber {Sprinkled With Flour} on 4.21.2012

Oh wow! This grilled cheese sounds amazing and right up my alley. Definitely must try this soon! :)

Tracy A. on 4.21.2012

I have never been fond of jams, jellies or preserves – but pairing anything with bacon works for me – so I will give this a go!

engquist@see what i sea designs on 4.21.2012

I made a pear salad with a raspberry vinaigrette last weekend, this sounds like a lovely follow up! http://www.seewhatiseadesigns.com/2012/04/chopped.html

Also, where did you get your plates? They’re lovely!

Susan @ Afford Your Passions on 4.20.2012

That sandwich sounds divine – I love raspberry jam, and I love bacon. Not so sure about the whole wheat bread, though – I think I’d go with nice thick slices of Texas toast :)

Katherine on 4.20.2012

Couldn’t you just make the sandwich and use a “George Forman” grill? I am going to try it this weekend!! Sounds delicious!!

Paula B. on 4.20.2012

I’m confused on why you put the two buttered pieces of bread together: read the original recipe and the bread/butter process was more straightforward??? You could just butter one slice, place on grill, build sandwich, and put a buttered other slice on top.

Susan Jones on 4.20.2012

Sure looks as though there’s a big bite out of that top half of the sandwich! You do need to taste test your recipes – I know. This does look great. Hope your blog grows and grows! It’s always so interesting and so funny.

Heather (Heather's Dish) on 4.20.2012

the sweet/savory combo sounds sooooooo good!

Jerilyn on 4.20.2012

I make a lingonberry jam/cheddar grilled cheese. I use a whole wheat sourdough and grill it in a panini grill press – no butter on the outside. The addition of bacon and pear would be delightful.

The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh on 4.20.2012

I’m not a pear girl (hubby like them though so maybe I’ll use one for his) but I think I’ll sub a nice granny smith or honeycrisp!

Elisabeth on 4.20.2012

A holiday? Do you think a pothead day is any reason to celebrate?

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    Erika (TK) on 4.20.2012

    I believe the holiday Laurie was referring to is National Grilled Cheese Month. :)

NorthwoodsCatie on 4.20.2012

Is that a pear? It looks more like an apple….?

Allyn on 4.20.2012

Oh yum! Back in my single days, I made grilled cheese all the time. One of my favorite was apple, brie, and dijon. So, so good.
Then I married a man who’s allergic to dairy.
And I lost weight.
Coincidence? I think not.
But I still get awesome grilled cheese when we go out sometimes!

Travis Cotton on 4.20.2012

I dont have a real affinity for pears. I eat them poached sometimes but something about the texture has always been off putting to me. I might substitute some apple instead.

Marcia on 4.20.2012

You and Rachael Ray both make buttering the bread for a grilled cheese so difficult. Simply build your sandwich, butter the top piece of bread, put it buttered side down on your griddle or in a skillet, then simply butter the other side! Boom … it’s done! I don’t understand “why” you two would butter the bread first and then build when the buttering should be the last thing you do … so simple, so easy and so efficient. Test it out and, hopefully, you’ll see how much easier it is! Love your show and your blog!!

bc in edmond on 4.20.2012

oh my goodness – this sounds amazing :)