ULTIMATE GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH

ULTIMATE GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH
ULTIMATE GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

PREP TIME

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minutes

TOTAL TIME

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minutes

SERVINGS

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servings

Ingredients

  • 12

    slices thick-cut bacon, such as Nodine's applewood smoked

  • 1

    cup good mayonnaise

  • 1/4

    cup dijon mustard

  • 1/4

    cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1

    white pullman loaf or sourdough bread, sliced 1/2 inch thick (12 slices)

  • 6

    tablespoons salted butter, at room temperature

  • 6

    ounces aged gruyere or comte cheese

  • 6

    ounces extra-sharp cheddar, such as Cabot or Shelburne Farms

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Arrange the bacon on a baking rack set over a sheet pan in a single layer and roast for 20 to 30 minutes, until nicely browned. Drain on a plate lined with paper towels and cut into 1-inch pieces. Meanwhile, combine the mayonnaise, mustard, parmesan, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Lay 12 slices of bread on a board and spread each one lightly with butter. Flip the slices and spread each one generously with the mayonnaise mixture. Don't neglect the corners! Grate the cheeses in a food processor fitted with the largest grating disk and combine. Distribute the bacon evenly on half of the slices of bread. Pile 1/3 cup grated cheese evenly on top of the bacon and top with the remaining bread slices, sauce-side down. Meanwhile, heat an electric panini press. When the press is hot, cook the sandwiches for 3 to 5 minutes in batches until the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted. Allow to cool for 2 minutes. Cut in half and serve warm.

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