Bacon, Pear, and Raspberry Grilled Cheese

Bacon, Pear, and Raspberry Grilled Cheese

Bjork just officially declared this the best sandwich I’ve ever made.

And we officially have a cute – ? -Charlie Brown Christmas tree.

Let’s talk about bacon and cheeeeeese.

And fresh, crispy soft pear slices.  And sweet raspberry preserves.  With more bacon and more cheese.  Melted.  Grilled with butter.  I knew it was going to be heavenly as soon as I saw the cheese peeking out to say hello.

Grilled Cheese

To that I say hello, cheese.

Please become healthy.

Bjork loved this sandwich.  Usually I can get at least 1-2 compliments from a great meal, but this sandwich elicited an excessive amount of compliments.  Like, one compliment after each bite.  Which is really sweet, considering I gave him a sandwich with a few bites already taken out of it.

The bites are all part of the photographic process, you know.

The bottom line here is that whatever you are making for dinner needs to wait until tomorrow.  The bottom line is that you need bacon, cheese, and a shot of raspberry pear sweetness to seal the deal.

So may your holidays be filled with bacon, pear, and raspberry pear grilled cheeses, taking naps (currently happening on the couch behind me…), and cute lil’ Christmas trees on sale for $20.

These are the things bringing us joy this season.

Bacon, Pear, and Raspberry Grilled Cheese

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5.0 from 7 reviews
Bacon, Pear, and Raspberry Grilled Cheese
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 4 slices sturdy, grainy wheat bread
  • 3 tablespoons raspberry preserves
  • ¼ cup thinly sliced red pear
  • 8 slices cooked bacon
  • 4 slices Muenster cheese
  • 1-2 tablespoons butter
Instructions
  1. Preheat griddle or panini press to medium-high heat.
  2. Assemble 2 sandwiches in this order: bread, 1½ tbs. preserves, pear, 4 slices bacon, 2 slices cheese, bread.
  3. Spread butter on top and bottom of sandwich and grill for 4-8 minutes, or until cheese is melted and top is golden brown.
Notes
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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Comments

  1. Blog is the New Black says:

    Digging this combo! I recently made basil grilled cheese… yum! So comforting.

  2. It’s almost painful to look at this right now – my stomach is grumbling and I LOVE GRILLED CHEESE! My husband is sort of a hater of fruit in his dinner, but I wonder how he’d respond to this. Bacon and melted cheese make all things acceptable, right? I will be eating this soon, and if he doesn’t eat his, I’ll eat that too!

    • I know plenty of people who feel that way about fruit in savory things, too. But for those of us who don’t mind a little sweet, it’s perrrfect.

  3. Whoa. This sounds heavenly.

  4. Now I have to to take a stand and say, where’s the christmas tree? :) All that talk about how cute and Charlie Brown it is has me wanting to take a peak! Fruit and cheese together is sooooo good. I can just tell this sandwich is A.mazing.

    • Well, it kind of looks naked because it’s a bit sparse. But maybe I’ll dress it up a tad more to cover the naked spots and include a picture on Friday. ;)

  5. This is completely intriguing to me…I’m pretty sure I’m going to make it for dinner just to satisfy my curiosity!

  6. That is a THICK layer of cheese…love it.

  7. are you kidding?! this would be SO GOOD. even without the bacon.

  8. I just made my husband a grilled cheese yesterday for lunch, he would have loved this WAY more than the arugula I used! HA! ;)

    • lol… I asked Bjork if he wanted spinach in his pasta the other day… um, did I even need to ask? Of course not.

  9. Oh…wow! I LOVE this…can’t wait to try it.
    We’re giving some gifts from Compassion this year…very similar idea. Makes giving feel even better! http://www.compassion.com/catalog.htm

  10. I so wish I could talk a big bite out of that sandwich. What a great flavor combo!

  11. Loving this flavor combination! Looks incredible, and comforting…I wish I had that grilled cheese on my plate for lunch right about now!

  12. Oh, wow… I need that in my life. Pumpkin butter is pretty fantastic on a grilled cheese, too!

  13. I like this combo. I would’ve never thought to pair those together. If it has bacon and cheese I’m always sold on it! If anyone compliments something after each bite it MUST be good. Let’s see if my hubby has the same reaction. hehe

  14. This is serious! I adore sweet jams on grilled cheese. Add some bacon and sliced fruit and I’m in heaven!

  15. Soo @ Little Miss Fitness says:

    I love World Vision. I love Christmas. I love Charlie Brown Christmas trees. I love this recipe. Lots of love to go around. :)

  16. If this computer had a nose it would be thanking you for this post…Grilled Cheese Sandwiches are the bomb!! That’s why we put up a video on what we think is also a pretty killer sandwich

    xo
    Amanda
    The Hot Plate

  17. mmmmm….. i made pesto grilled cheese recently. it was fantastic!

  18. I love pears and apples on grilled cheese, but never thought to add preserves. I will have to give that a try!

  19. LOVE grainy wheat bread!! This sounds off the charts ridiculous. Mmmmm….

  20. I’m in love with anything grilled cheese. Including this creative version! Well done!

  21. I love the sweet and savory version of your grilled cheese – winning! :D

  22. I think I’m in love….with this sandwich!!

  23. Hot damn, this sandwich sounds awesome! I love the idea of muenster with raspberry. Pretty much a match made in sandwich heaven. I don’t eat meat so I’m sure it’ll still be tasty even without it. By the way, who’s Bjork? I mean besides the well-know singer from Iceland. Unless that is who you are referring to, in which case would be totally bad a**!

  24. Mmm this sounds amazing! This would be incredible with brie on some sourdough…making it even MORE fattening ;) mm, mm, mm

  25. LOVE this version of grilled cheese, definitely making my mouth water.

  26. Lindsey I just wanted to add another comment after trying this recipe. I’m not going to lie, I was a little skeptical as I’m not a big pear fan but I was intrigued by the combination plus it had all that BACON! I made this last night and it was unbelievably good! Everyone loved it and requested I make it again soon so THANK YOU! You’re awesome!

  27. This looks awesome. I am in my cube at work… 9am in the morning…drooling all over my keyboard… I had to google Muenster cheese. Just to make sure I was imagining the correct flavor…

    “Muenster is a cheese from the United States, not to be confused with the French variety, Munster. The name Muenster is derived from an English transliteration of Münster, a city in Germany. The original name of the French cheese comes from Alsatian abbey of Munster in the Vosgian mountains. Munster translates as “monastery”, altered from Latin monasterium. Its taste is comparable to that of both typical white American cheese and a sharp jack cheese.” (thank you wikipedia)

    I have been on a “hot and spicy” fix lately.. I wonder how it would be with a pepper jack or even a jalapeño/habanero jack mixed with the sweetness of the pear and raspberry..

    Regular bacon?? ..or could you try using apple smoked?? (or do you think that would be too much)

    I am glad you plugged the WV catalog! My favorite!

    • Did you ever see the jalapeño popper grilled cheeses that were floating around all over the blog world? I guess maybe not, I’m not sure how many food blogs you follow. :) Google jalapeño popper grilled cheese and you’ll get your hot and spicy fix!

  28. Best sandwich ever?? Yes, yes, yes!!

  29. Lots of cheese, bacon and pear? I’m in! This grilled cheese looks like an ultimate version indeed!

  30. This sandwich looks amazing. Salty, sweet, and melted cheese. I am so there.

  31. I saw this recipe over at Tasty Kitchen and CANNOT wait to try it. It looks beyond delicious. :)

  32. Beautiful, Lindsay!! Merry Christmas to you!

  33. Sounds delice!!!!
    Wonder if you could use apple slices instead?????

  34. Nancy C Powderly says:

    Can’t wait to try this . I hosting an upcoming Brunch. This will be a part of the
    menu.

  35. Vanessa Batts says:

    GREAT……

  36. Susan Christian says:

    LOVED the amazing flavors in this sandwich – made it for dinner 2 nights ago and my hubby made me make him another! Quality ingredients are paramount here – don’t skimp with the cheap raspberry preserves or underripe fruit or you’ll miss all this yummy concoction has to offer!
    My personal peeve when it comes to grilled sandwiches is if they won’t stay together once you flip them. This one did not, however, the solution is simple – make sure you have one slice of cheese directly touching each slice of bread. I put my raspberry preserves directly on the cheese slice and assembled from there. Worked like a charm and I will make this sandwich again and again!
    For those of you who are unsure of all these flavors together and grew up in the 80′s, this tastes a lot like the old Bennigan’s Monte Cristo sandwiches without being fried. Yumm-o!!

  37. What a creative combination! I love making new grilled cheese combos with leftovers. I’ll have to try fruit in one soon!

  38. Wow. This was probably one of the best grilled cheeses I’ve ever had! I’ve always loved apple and brie together, but now this pear/raspberry/muenster combo is amazing! Thank you!

  39. Love Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. Anxious to make this one of yours. This past summer I made some with slice of tomato and ham (or whatever meat I had on hand) and it was delicious. The tomato is what set it off. Now wouldn’t cheese, tomato and bacon be yummy?

  40. I’m a little late to the party, but I just found this recipe on Pinterest today. We made it for dinner tonight, and oh my goodness, was it amazing! The combination of sweet and salty, mmm! Thanks for sharing!

  41. When I saw this, I just knew I would have to try it, and soon! Two days, and a trip to the supermarket later, I made it……unbelievable!!!!! I have to say, it’s one of the best things I have ever had in my mouth. All those combination of flavors together…..yummy. I tried it with Dickenson’s Marion blackraspberry preserves, and right on top of the pears, yummy! I honestly don’t know if I have ever had Munster cheese before, so I was skeptical to try, and almost substituted something else, but boy am I glad I made this recipe as written! Delicious. I will probably be making again this week….

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