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Baker’s Bacon Grilled Cheese

Estate Chef Tod Kawachi
Recipe Courtesy of Estate Chef Tod Kawachi
Course Lunch, Snack
Cuisine American



  • 6 oz Cheddar Cheese grated
  • 3 oz Thick Sliced Dry Cured Double Smoked Bakers Bacon
  • 4 pc Country Rustic Bread thick sliced
  • 4 Tbsp Butter Softened
  • 4 Tbsp Caramelized Onion Balsamic Compote

For Caramelized Onions Balsamic Compote

  • 1 thinly sliced onion
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp brewed coffee
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper


Caramelized Onions

  • Preheat oil in pan on stove to medium low. Add onion and brown sugar.
  • Cook until onions are translucent and caramelized, about 20-25 min.
  • Add balsamic vinegar and coffee. Cook 1 min more and remove from heat.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich

  • Precook bacon to desired level of brown crispness, drain and set aside. Reserve the bacon fat for another use.
  • Preheat griddle or cast iron pan over low heat with 2 Tbl of butter.
  • Brush outsides of bread slices with softened butter, spread layer of Caramelized Onion Balsamic Compote on both insides of bread.
  • Add sliced bacon, then top both insides with grated Barely Buzzed Cheese, reserving some for later.
  • Season with ground black pepper. Place the pieces of bread side by side in the pan, butter side down.
  • Cook until golden and crispy then flip one side on top of the other and cook until cheese is melted.
  • Sprinkle a thin layer of the grated cheese directly on the pan next to the sandwich and flip the sandwich over on top. Allow this to brown and crisp, repeat with cheese crust for the other side until crispy. Enjoy immediately.
Keyword Baker's Bacon, Grilled Cheese, Sandwich