Bacon and Egg Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Apples

28 | April 23, 2012

I love random food holidays. I especially love that the month of April is Grilled Cheese Month. Like I need an excuse to celebrate the awesomeness of grilled cheese. Grilled cheese sandwiches are a great “go to” meal when cooking for my family because they are incredibly simple to make and you can add practically anything to it to create a simple yet amazing meal. So, when I was asked to create a grilled cheese sandwich for Udi’s Gluten Free Foods and Horizon Organic for their Grilled Cheese Recipe Challenge I quickly agreed.

With this Bacon and Egg Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Apples, I might have gone a little overboard but believe me when I tell you this is the most fantastic, indulgent, and amazing combination to ever come across a grilled cheese sandwich. When used with Udi’s Gluten Free White Sandwich Bread, that I was quite honestly shocked that it was gluten free it’s so good, and Horizon Organic Cheddar slices that were fresh, creamy, and tasted like it was from the farmers market, you have a sandwich that will leave people talking and wanting more.

If I ever had a food truck or restaurant this would certainly be on the menu. Savory, salty, and just a little hint of sweetness makes this Bacon and Egg Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Apples the ultimate grilled cheese sandwich.

Bacon and Egg Grilled Cheese with Caramelized Onions and Apples
makes 2 

  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 onion
  • 1 apple, a tart red (Fuji apple) or a tart green (Granny Smith)
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • 4 slices white sandwich bread (Udi’s Gluten Free White Bread)
  • 4 slices cheddar cheese (Horizon Organic White Cheddar Cheese)
  • butter, softened

Preheat oven to 400°F. Cover a baking sheet with foil and place a cooling rack on top of the baking sheet. Lay bacon flat on the cooling rack and place the baking sheet in the oven. Cook for 20 minutes until the bacon is crisps and cooked through. This is my favorite way to cook bacon if I am cooking a lot.

or

Another and faster way to cook bacon is to place the 4 bacon slices on a microwaveable plate, cover with a paper towel, and place in the microwave. Cooked on high for 4 minutes or until crisp and cook through.

With a sharp knife, peel and thinly slice the onion.

Slice the apple in half, remove the core, and slice into thin slices.

In a saute pan, melt a 1/2 teaspoon butter over medium heat and add sliced onions, apples, and brown sugar. Saute for 10 minutes until browned and caramelized.

Next, prepare the bread by lightly spreading softened butter on one side of each slice.

Now for the eggs! Are you ready for the easiest full proof way to fry an egg with runny yolk? It’s simple: Melt a teaspoon of butter (or use cooking spray) in a non-stick skillet over medium heat (you can use the same skillet that the onions and apples were cooked in as long as it is non-stick). Crack the eggs gently into the pan and sprinkle each egg with a pinch of salt and pepper. Saute the eggs until the whites are almost cooked through and no longer transparent, about 3 minutes. With a spatula, carefully flip the eggs, turn off heat, and remove the pan from the burner. Allow the eggs to sit for 30 seconds and then remove. This recipe is meant to have a golden runny yolk but if you are not a fan of runny yolks just cook the eggs a minute longer.

Heat a large skillet or griddle on medium heat. Build the sandwiches by placing a slice of cheese on a non-buttered side of bread.

Next, lay the egg on top of the cheese followed by 2 strips of bacon, a spoonful of caramelized onion and apples, and finish off with another slice of cheese. Top with a slice of bread with the buttered side facing up. Place the sandwiches on the griddle for 2 minutes until the bread is golden brown and then carefully flip and cook for another minute or two until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden.

The most indulgent and over the top grilled cheese you have ever had. I will be the first to admit this might not be the most calorie conscious meal but it is certainly one to celebrate Grilled Cheese Month! I would highly recommend Udi’s Gluten Free Breads. I was surprised at the quality and taste and their white sandwich bread held up nicely in the grilled cheese. I also recommend Horizon Organic Cheese for this recipe. The flavor and texture was outstanding.

Enjoy!

 

 

    Comments

  • Jo-Lynne {Musings of a Housewife}


    Those look DIVINE. And your photography is gorgeous too. HOW do you get such crisp, clear photos!??

    • In Sock Monkey Slippers


      Thanks Jo-Lynne!As far as photography goes I learned the tricks of the trade in college. I use a Cannon with a 50mm 1/4 lens. It’s a great camera and I love the lens for food photography it’s super sharp. I simple trick for crisp photos is to use an unsharp mask around 10 to 15% in photoshop. It does wonders for food photography!

      • Denise


        Is this one of the newer Cannon cameras? I’ve been wanting to get a new camera, but the choices are so overwhelming, I just don’t know where to start. Believe it or not, I’ve still got my first Minolta that I bought back in 1983! Any help/information would be greatly appreciated. :)

        • In Sock Monkey Slippers


          Denise, I wish! I simply use the Cannon Rebel XS, the bottom of the line for Cannon. I do use a 50mm lens. She’s treated me well over the past years and haven’t need to trade up. One day I will but for now I’m sticking with the old girl. Thanks for asking.

          • Denise


            I do admire the quality of your photos, especially the “Ranch Photos”, the color and details are wonderful, and it makes you feel like you’re right there in the photo!! :D

  • Renee


    This is my kind of sandwich! Thanks for the recipe :)

  • Julia {The Roasted Root}


    Your grilled cheese is one heck of a sandwich! I love all the extra ingredients for a huge flavor pun ch and textural bliss! I can tell you right now my boyfriend would eat this grilled cheese every day – it literally has all of his favorite foods in it. I’d probably add a slice of avocado or two and dip it in a bowl of ranch. MMMM!

    • In Sock Monkey Slippers


      My husband still talks about it and wants it after a run with a beer. That would be his dream post run lunch. Come to think of it anything with eggs bacon and beer is his dream lunch.

  • Alexis {Diva on a Diet}


    haha, you tweeted it was a “manly” sandwich, but I am totally digging this! I am all about apples in savory sandwiches these days! I’m definitely going to have to try to make this to my own taste and dietary needs! Thanks for this!

    • In Sock Monkey Slippers


      Yeah, I will be the first to admit this is not one of those sandwiches that you eat daily! It’s all in grilled cheese fun but so delicious. If you do change it up to make a low cal version I would love to see the recipe! Thanks, Alexis!

  • Jill~a SaucyCook


    Seriously? You seem like such a nice girl!! You publish a divinely inspired grilled cheese sandwich now, with bathing suit weather around the corner? How cruel!! It looks amazing.

  • Christy with Life of a Modern Housewife


    This sounds like one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches I’ve ever heard!!! Can’t wait to try it!!

    http://www.lifeofamodernhousewife.com

  • Laurie {Simply Scratch}


    Oh dang. this look gooooood!

  • JulieD


    Wow is all I can muster. This looks amazing!! Must make soon!

  • Vicki @ Crowning Victoria


    YES! While you might think the perfect grilled cheese is all about the CHEESE, it’s actually the complementing ingredients that MAKE the sandwich!

    Lastly, you can NEVER go wrong with bacon.

    Ever.

  • Andrea (questfordelish)


    These look super yummy.

  • LP @dishclips


    Sweet and savory goodness! Thanks for sharing!

  • Denise


    Girl you had me at bacon!!! :D

  • rosie


    u will love this

  • Willard chandler


    All of those sounds and look so delicious,can you please send me some recipes thank you…..

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