Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Grilled Avocado and Cheese Sandwich, from author @DarylWoodGerber

Savory, tasty, zesty. Sometimes that is what is called for when I'm hungry. Not sweet. And there is nothing more savory than a grilled cheese with bacon. Now if you add all the other good things you like into it - like avocado!!! I adore avocado!! -- it's a meal. Lunch, brunch, or dinner. I'll take this any time I can get it.

Need I say more? 


Oh, okay, I'm busy. Aren't we all? I've got a book due. (Don't I always?) And as if I'm not busy enough, I talked my husband into writing his memoirs, so we've been taping his stories, an hour at a time, and I've been transcribing them, which takes about 2-3 hours each. It's wonderful hearing all his old stories, but I'm exhausted from the typing, so I needed something easy, satisfying, savory to eat.

Hence...grilled cheese.

By the way, for this one I used a wonderful white cheddar from England. It has a bite to it and lots of grit in the cheese. Truly remarkable! But use whatever cheese you like. It's the bacon and avocado that make it spectacular.


Grilled Cheese with Avocado and Bacon
(Makes 2 sandwiches)

4 slices bread
4 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons cream cheese
6 ounces white cheddar cheese
12 thin slices avocado
4 slices bacon, cooked crisply, cut in half

Butter each slice of bread on one side. Spread the cream cheese on the other side of the bread. [Note: This is the inside of the sandwich; the butter side is the outside.]

To assemble: Top two slices of bread, cream cheese side up, with half the avocado. Place cheddar cheese on top. Place 4 halves of crisp bacon on the cheese. Top with more avocado. Set the other slices of bread on top of the two sandwiches and press slightly.

If cooking on a stovetop: Heat a large skillet over medium heat for about 2 minutes. Set the sandwiches on the skillet and cook for 4 minutes, until golden brown. Flip the sandwiches, using a spatula and being careful not to lose the avocado and other goodies. Cook another 2-4 minutes. You can compress the sandwich with the spatula. Turn the sandwich one more time. Press down with the spatula, and remove from the pan. Let cool about 2-3 minutes, and serve.

If cooking on a panini or sandwich maker: Set the sandwich on the griddle and slowly lower the top. Cook for a total of 4 minutes. Remove from the griddle and let cool 2-3 minutes, then serve. Beware, the insides might ooze out the sides. If the lid is too heavy, you might want to consider resorting to the stovetop method.


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  1. Love grilled cheese! Thanks for sharing!

  2. That grilled cheese sandwich looks amazingly good! Mmmmm....

  3. Cheese, avocado, and bacon? What could be better?

  4. I have made grilled avocado sandwiches before but this sounds even better!

  5. Wow does that sound good.
    Now if I could only manage to buy edible avocados. I have no luck with them.

    1. Avocados are tricky. They have to have a dark green skin and give slightly (only slightly) when pressed with a finger. Too much give, dead inside. Too green, too green. I like to buy them as I've described and let sit on the window sill for a day.

      ~Daryl / Avery

  6. Wow. This sounds like a wonderful combination. And avocados are so good for us. I'm delighted that your husband is writing his memoirs. I bet he does have a lot of great stories to tell!

    1. Krista, he does, and most are funny. I was starting to think of my own stories, many of which are funny, but I don't have time to write those, too. :) Besides, who'd care?? LOL

      ~ Daryl / Avery

  7. Chiming in with Krista to say bravo for your husband on writing his memoirs--and cheers to you for helping. A great writing team is born! (And thanks for the delicious recipe today - bacon and avocado, another dynamic duo)!!

    1. Cleo, thanks. We do make a good time. Like you and Mark. :)

      ~Daryl/ Avery

  8. Oh, my. My afternoon snack of carrots and celery and light string cheese suddenly looks too meager for words in comparison. But there's always lunch tomorrow!

    1. Leslie, I know, right? I love light snacks, but at times, I need something really hearty!

      ~Daryl / Avery

  9. This recipe sounds really yummy. I think I'd also like to try it with Brie cheese as an alternative. And maybe some warm kettle chips with sea salt and some pineapple salsa on the side!
    Nancy R in Ottawa, ON

  10. Seriously delicious! I'll dream about this tonight and make it tomorrow,. Thanks, Daryl!



  11. Looks delicious! Sure would love to have one, right now!