We were watching TV the other day and Tall & Handsome left the room. When he came back, he had a couple of discs of BabyBel cheese. He looked and me and said, “You know it’s a shame I love cheese the way I do.” And, that dear readers is why grilled cheese sandwiches in any shape or form are top shelf in our house.
To back up just a sec, I did explain to T & H not all cheese is bad for you and moderation is the key as it is in everything.
Of course, grilled cheese is a comfort food, but you can get tired of the plain old tried and true grilled cheese. For years we’ve made variations to step up the game a little, plus developed some using our Panini maker which produces the most crunchiest crust you’ll ever enjoy on a grilled cheese.
Yesterday I was puttering around in the kitchen and was looking for a way to dress up “grilled cheese” for T & H’s for supper. Next thing I knew I had pulled several thing out of the fridge and the end result was Grilled Cheese Panini with Bacon, Pineapple and Marmalade Glaze.
T & H’s seals of approval are thumbs up and words like “fabulous” and “fantastic”. This sandwich received the trifecta. It was full of unbelievable cheesy, gooey goodness.
Grilled Cheese Panini with Bacon, Pineapple and Marmalade Glaze
*This recipe make two sandwiches, so ingredients are for two sandwiches.
4 slices of bread
4 slices of Swiss cheese
2 – 4 tablespoons of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
5 pieces of cooked bacon, drained and blotted to removed bacon fat
Fresh pineapple, thinly sliced (I used spears and sliced the spears into thin sections)
For the glaze:
1 tablespoon Jack Daniel’s barbeque sauce
1 tablespoon orange marmalade
1. If using a panini maker, plug it in and allow to preheat. If you don’t have one, that’s okay, you can grilled these sandwiched in a skillet.
2. Mix the glaze in a small bowl and set aside.
3. On a chopping board lay out the four slices of bread. Spread each slice of bread with some softened butter. Turn the bread over.
4. Next, spread equally the marmalade glaze on the other side of the bread that is now facing up.
5. Place one slice of Swiss cheese on one piece of bread per sandwich. You will have two pieces of bread each with a slice of Swiss cheese. We are going to build each sandwich from this point.
6. Break the slices of bacon in half and add a total of two and half sliced of bacon per sandwich and place on top of each slice of Swiss cheese.
7. Follow this by placing thin slices of fresh pineapple over the top of the Swiss cheese/bacon.
8. Next, sprinkle some freshly grated Parmesan cheese over the top of the other ingredients. About a tablespoon or tablespoon and half should be enough.
9. Finally, top all of these ingredient with the last slice of Swiss cheese and then the last slice of bread, butter side up. You are now ready to grill you sandwich.
10. If using a Panini maker, grill for about 3 minutes or until golden brown. If using a skillet, grill each side until golden brown and cheese is melted and sandwich is heated through.
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