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Grilled Cheese with Bacon, Tomato, and Avocado

Grilled Cheese with Bacon, Tomato, and Avocado

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Grilled Cheese with Bacon, Tomato, and Avocado

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About This Recipe

Yield:makes 1 sandwich
Active time:20 minutes
Total time:20 minutes
This recipe appears in: Grilled Cheese with Bacon, Tomato, and Avocado
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Ingredients

  • 2 slices bacon, sliced in half crosswise
  • 2 slices hearty white bread, such as Pepperidge Farm or Arnold
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 2 slices American or Cheddar cheese
  • 2 slices ripe beefsteak tomato
  • 1/2 a ripe avocado, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt

Procedures

  1. 1

    Place bacon in a large nonstick or cast iron skillet and cook over medium-low heat, turning occasionally, until crisp all over, about 8 minutes. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate and bacon fat to a small bowl.

  2. 2

    Wipe out skillet and return to medium heat. Melt butter until foaming subsides. Add both bread slices and cook, swirling occasionally, until pale golden brown on bottom side, about 2 minutes.

  3. 3

    Transfer to a cutting board toasted-side-up. Place one cheese slice on top of one slice, followed by bacon, tomato, and avocado. Top with second cheese slice and close sandwich.

  4. 4

    Add half of reserved bacon fat to skillet and heat over medium-low heat. Add sandwich and cook, swirling occasionally, until deep, even golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove sandwich using a flexible metal spatula. Add the remaining bacon fat. Return sandwich to skillet cooked-side up. Season with salt. Cook, swirling occasionally, until second side is deep, even golden brown and cheese is thoroughly melted, about 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

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