Saturday, February 23, 2013

Brussels Sprout and Bacon Grilled Cheese

There are those restaurants where I know what I am going to order before I get to the door.  I might pretend I am going to "try something new" but that fools no one.  Some things are just too good to be changed. 

That's how I feel about brussels sprouts and bacon.  It is one of those combinations that needs to be left alone.  It is what it should be.  

So, imagine how I felt a few weeks ago when I saw this pizza.  GAH!  All I wanted was brussels sprouts and bacon.  All I needed was to see these sandwiches in my new Food Network magazine and I was sold. 
This recipe is pleasantly simple, which has been perfect for my no fuss mood. The addition of lemon zest to the brussels sprouts puts this sandwich over the top.  Its bright, peppery, and just plain awesome.  It is also quite filling.  One of these and a nice cold beer = bliss. 

Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Grilled Cheese
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Makes: 4 sandwiches
Inspired by Food Network Magazine: March 2013

  • 6 slices of thick cut bacon, chopped into pieces
  • 15 brussels sprouts, sliced thin
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 ounces white cheddar, grated
  • 8 slices bread (I used a roasted garlic loaf)
  • unsalted butter

Cook the bacon in a large skillet until crispy (or however you like it).  Once cooked, remove and set on paper towels to drain.  Drain some of the bacon grease leaving 1 - 2 tbsp of grease (I didn't have to drain anything).  Add the sliced brussels sprouts and cook until slightly wilted.  Remove and place in a small bowl with the lemon zest and black pepper.  Combine.  Wipe your skillet clean.
Assemble the sandwiches by layering equal amounts of bread, cheese, brussles sprouts, bacon, cheese, and bread again.  Melt 1 tbsp of butter in the skillet.  As soon as it is melted, place the sandwich in the skillet until cheese is melted and the bread is golden.  Flip the sandwich and cook until golden.  Cut in half and serve immediately.

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  1. Ah, I felt that same way when I saw that pizza on How Sweet Eats...and this grilled cheese is making me feel the same! I need to make this soon. Sounds amazing!!

  2. I agree that brussels sprouts and bacon is a match made in heaven! And this sandwich looks SO good. Awesome pics, too!

  3. I can be the same way about restaurants...if I find something I adore, it's hard to coax myself into trying other menu options in spite of the fact that I do love trying new things as well. Brussels and bacon are such a winning combination! We make the brussels/bacon combo pretty much every other week with some balsamic drizzled on top. Since we make big batches, we tend to have leftovers, which meeeeeeeans next time I make brussels I'm going to use the leftovers for this grilled cheese! This sandwich should get an award! It's so clever, healthy and satisfying!

  4. Brussels sprouts on grilled cheese ... freakin' brilliant!

  5. Hello! I'm creating a grilled cheese roundup on my blog and would love to feature this recipe! I'll be making a collage image including one of your photos and then linking back the name of each recipe to your original post. Please let me know if that is okay! Thanks!

  6. Hi Ciera! As long as you link back to my page and credit me I have no problem with you using my post. Thank you for asking! :-)