An amazingly delicious simple recipe that I love to make. These directions show you how to create a mouthwatering sweet and hearty apple bacon grilled cheese. Instead of using typical cheddar or American cheese, this grilled cheese has a nice smokiness from the Gouda and a hint of dill from the Havarti cheese. These directions also include steps on how to make a perfectly paired creamy tomato soup.
Step 1: Ingredients
Tomato Soup (about 8-10 servings)
1 quart stewed tomatoes
1 26 oz. can tomato soup
1/2 stick butter or margarine
1 small onion
2 tbs. dried basil
1 quart half & half
1 tbs. garlic powder
12 oz. softened cream cheese
ground pepper and salt to taste
Grilled Cheese (ingredients = per sandwich)
2 slices of sourdough bread
1 tbs butter or margarine
1 slice smoked Gouda cheese
1 slice Munster cheese
1 slice Dill Havarti cheese
2 slices of cooked bacon
slice of red delicious apple
drizzle of honey
Step 2: Cook Bacon
Cook bacon according to package. You will use about 2 slices per sandwich
Step 3: Cook Onion
Add chopped onion and 1/2 stick butter/margarine to a large saucepan. Add fresh ground pepper and cook on medium until onion gets tender.
Step 4: Add Tomatoes, Soup, Half & Half, Basil, and Garlic Powder
Chop up stewed tomatoes as fine as you like. Add stewed tomatoes, tomato soup, half & half, dried basil, and garlic powder to your onion saucepan.
Step 5: Add Softened Cream Cheese
Add and whisk small amounts of cream cheese at a time. Heat until it reaches your desired temperature.
Step 6: Butter Bread
While your soup is warming up, spread butter/margarine on two slices of sourdough bread.
Step 7: Add Smoked Gouda and Munster Cheese
Flip bread slices over so the butter side is down. Add one slice of Smoked Gouda to one side, and a slice of Munster cheese on the other.
Step 8: Bacon and Apple
Add two slices of bacon to the Gouda side, and fresh apple slices on top of the Munster side
Step 9: Drizzle Honey
Drizzle honey over apple slices to give your sandwich a sweet crunch.
Step 10: Dill Havarti
Add Dill Havarti on top of the apple slices (I couldn't find sliced Dill Havarti and the store, so I usually cut the cheese block into smaller slices).
Step 11: Cook Sandwich
Heat up a small/medium sized frying pan. Add sandwich and cover with a lid (I find covering it with a lid helps get the insides more melty). Cook sandwich for a few minutes on each side or when the bread is a nice golden brown.
Step 12: Enjoy!
Once sandwich is cooked, serve alongside a bowl of your piping hot creamy tomato soup. Enjoy!