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Bacon Avocado Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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Ingredients

8 slices crusty French sourdough bread
6 slices bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled
8 slices American cheese
1 avocado, peeled and chopped
1 cup shredded Colby cheese
1/3 cup butter, softened

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Bacon Avocado Grilled Cheese Sandwich

  • Serves 4
  • Easy

About This Recipe

Grilled cheese sandwiches are one of the first things beginning cooks learn to make. All you need is a pan, bread, cheese, and butter!

But there are marvelous and infinite variations on this classic combination. You can make just about anything into a grilled cheese sandwich, including cooked pasta and mac and cheese!

This particular combination is just sublime. There’s nothing better than avocado and bacon. Add some melted cheese and some crisp bread and you have a fabulous sandwich that is worthy of the name!

You can choose whatever bread you’d like to make this easy sandwich. I, of course, prefer a really crusty baguette or a sourdough French bread so it has the internal fortitude to stand up to the rich filling.

And I know that American cheese is considered kind of, well, spammy, but it’s really the perfect cheese to use for grilled sandwiches. It melts perfectly, it has a mild taste that doesn’t interfere with the other ingredients, and it’s inexpensive. It’s mixed with some shredded Colby for more flavor in this recipe. If you really can’t use it, substitute Cheddar or provolone.

And there’s a trick to making grilled cheese sandwiches. Use a nonstick skillet, put the heat on medium so the bread doesn’t get too brown before the cheese melts, and cover the pan. This holds in the heat so the cheese will be the perfect gooey and melty consistency.

Serve this sammy with a crisp green salad tossed with mushrooms and bell peppers, and a cold glass of milk.

Steps

1
Done

Put four of the slices of bread on the counter. Top with the American cheese, the bacon, and the avocado. Sprinkle the Colby cheese over all.

2
Done

Top with the rest of the slices of bread. Then spread the outsides of the sandwiches with the softened butter. Use 2 teaspoons for each slice of bread.

3
Done

Briefly heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the sandwiches, press down on them with a spatula, and cover the pan.

4
Done

After 2 minutes, remove the cover and lift one of the sandwiches with a spatula. If it's brown, carefully turn the sandwiches. If not, let it cook for another minute.

5
Done

When the sandwiches are all flipped, gently press down on them with the spatula again and cover the pan. Grill for another 2 to 3 minutes or until the bread is crisp and golden and the cheese is melted.

Linda

Linda Larsen has a B.A. in Biology from St. Olaf College, and a B.S. in Food Science and Nutrition with High Distinction from the University of Minnesota. She has worked for the Pillsbury Company on the Bake-Off and in their test kitchens since 1988. Linda has written 37 cookbooks (and Medical Ethics for Dummies) since 2005.

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