Grilled Cheese with Gruyère and Bacon-Onion Compote is the best comfort food sandwich ever! It’s bursting with smoky, sweet and rich flavors. I can’t exactly tell you why, but every time I walk by my neighbor’s deep, sunset-orange roses, I think of a grilled cheese sandwich.
Orange cheese isn’t even my favorite in grilled cheese, and orange is not my favorite color. Perhaps I think of a grilled cheese sandwich because the flowers are an incredibly warm color — they bring my mind to melting cheese and comfort? It’s quirky, I know!
Well, whatever the reason, those pretty roses led my mind to this Grilled Cheese With Gruyère and Bacon-Onion Compote!
Gruyère is one of my favorite cheeses — especially for melting. It has a sort of nutty flavor and it melts into a beautiful, creamy consistency that’s perfect for grilled cheese.
Not all cheeses melt the same, you know! Gruyère melts evenly and smoothly, spreading its sweet-nutty flavor throughout this sandwich!
If I’d had any of my Spinach-Kale Pesto left, I definitely would have added that here — but the basil leaves are fantastic, too! And it’s always a good idea to have a lot of caramelized onions on hand. Good think I shared how to make those yesterday! They are amazing when added to this Grilled Cheese with Gruyère and Bacon. The sweetness of the onions with the smoky flavor from the bacon is what’s so rich and keep you going back for more.
A few more of my favorite grilled cheese sandwiches:
- Grilled Cheese Bagel Breakfast Sandwich
- Bacon Basil and Tomato Grilled Cheese
- Gluten-Free Grilled Cheese: A Breadless Sandwich
- Dubliner Grilled Cheese with bacon Blueberry and Caramelized Onions
- Grilled Cheese Ham Sandwich with Pineapple Jelly from Foodness Gracious
Before you go through that list, please enjoy this Grilled Cheese with Gruyère and Bacon-Onion Compote!
Grilled Cheese With Gruyère and Bacon-Onion Compote
- 1 strip applewood smoked bacon
- 2 tablespoons caramelized onions
- 1 small French baguette about 6-inches
- Olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of your favorite Grainy mustard
- about 3 ounces thinly sliced Gruyère cheese
- about 1 dozen basil leaves
- In a medium-sized sauté pan, cook the bacon until it's crisp, about 1 minute per side. Drain the bacon on a paper towel, crumble it into small pieces and mix it into the caramelized onion. Set aside.
- Preheat a stove-top grill or BBQ. Cut the baguette in half lengthwise, rub a bit of olive oil on the crust, and spread the inside of each half with the mustard.
- Place both halves of the baguette on the grill once it's hot -- crust side down. Add the sliced cheese to one side and top it with the basil leaves and an even layer of the bacon-caramelized onion mixture. Once the bread has a nice char on it, turn the heat to low, and complete the sandwich by placing the top of the baguette on the onions. Use a flat-bottomed, metal spatula to put pressure on the top -- to flatten the sandwich a bit. Once the cheese has melted, remove the sandwich from the grill. Let it sit a couple of minutes and then cut it in half. Eat!
If you don't have a stove-top grill or BBQ, this sandwich is also delicious if you make it in a sauté pan, panini maker -- or you can even use a waffle maker!
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