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Grilled Havarti Apple and Bacon Sandwiches

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8 slices sourdough bread
1/3 cup butter, softened
1-1/3 cups diced Havarti cheese
8 slices crisply cooked bacon, crumbled
1 medium Granny Smith apple, chopped
1/4 cup mayonnaise

Grilled Havarti Apple and Bacon Sandwiches

Sweet apples, tangy Havarti, and crisp and salty bacon combine for one of the best sandwiches ever.

  • Serves 4
  • Easy

About This Recipe

Grilled sandwiches are one of the best joys in life. There’s something magical about combining bread with butter and cheese and heating it until the bread is crisp and toasty and the cheese is melting and soft. This recipe for Grilled Havarti Apple and Bacon Sandwiches is just one example of this wonderful genre.

There are infinite combinations for hot sandwiches, and you can put just about any food you’d like into one. I myself always like to add bacon because, well, bacon! And other great additions are tiny shrimp, chopped cooked chicken, crabmeat, and veggies.

This combination is simply sublime. Havarti has a slightly sour taste and rich texture. The apple is crisp and fresh, and the bacon is a crunchy, smoky, and perfect addition.

You can use any bread you’d like in your grilled cheese sandwich, but I myself prefer Brownberry’s Whole Wheat Bread. It’s the perfect consistency, it stands up well to just about any filling, and it grills to perfection. Another great choice is a sourdough baguette. You want a bread that is assertive and will hold the melty filling. Yum.

Tips for the best Grilled Havarti Apple and Bacon Sandwiches:

  • You have to make sure that the bacon is cooked very crisp. Undercooked bacon is just yucky, and it won’t stand up well to the soft melty cheese, crisp apple, and crunchy bread in this recipe.
  • The best apple for this recipe is the Granny Smith. It provides the tartness the combination demands, and that type will not brown as fast as others when it is cut.
  • The key to the best grilled cheese sandwich is to cover the sandwich while it cooks. That is the only way to make sure the cheese fully melts and is runny and wonderful.
  • And you can make it in the air fryer!

Why this recipe works:

  • The combination of apple, cheese, bacon, and bread is fabulous and hits all the right flavor and texture notes.

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Butter one side of each piece of sourdough bread and set aside.


In a medium bowl, combine the Havarti, bacon, apple, and mayonnaise and mix.


Make sandwiches with the filling and the buttered bread, placing the buttered side out.


Preheat a nonstick skillet over medium low heat for a few minutes. Add the sandwiches, press down with a spatula, and cover the pan. Cook for 2 to 4 minutes on each side, turning once, until the bread is golden brown and the cheese has melted.


Air fryer instructions

First, cook the bacon in the air fryer. Preheat the air fryer to 350°F. Put the slices in the fryer making sure they are separate. Air fry regular bacon for 7 to 9 minutes; thick cut bacon for 10 to 13 minutes. Remove the bacon and drain on paper towels. Remove excess grease from the air fryer, then assemble your sandwiches.


Preheat the air fryer to 375°F. Put the sandwich(es) in the air fryer. Air fry for 4 minutes, then carefully flip the sandwiches and air fry for another 4 to 5 minutes or until the bread is browned and crisp and the cheese is melted. Serve.


Linda is a bestselling cookbook author and home economist who has written 54 books (53 cookbooks and Medical Ethics for Dummies) since 2005. She has worked for Pillsbury since 1988, on the Bake-Off and other projects. Linda has been a web presence since 2002, developing recipes and teaching people how to cook.

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