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4 bacon grilled cheese halves stacked on each other on wooden board with maple syrup poured over

The Ultimate Bacon Grilled Cheese (Maple Bacon)

Here I'll show you a simple way to take your Bacon Grilled Cheese to the next level!
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Course: Brunch, lunch
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings (click & slide): 2 sandwiches
Calories per serving: 898kcal
Author: Chris
Cost per serving: £4 / $5

Equipment

  • Baking Tray, Aluminium Foil & Wire Rack (for baking bacon)
  • Brush, Small Pot and Whisk (for glaze)
  • Non-Stick Pan & Spatula/Turner
  • Cheese Grater

Ingredients

Maple Bacon

  • 6 slices of Bacon
  • 2 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp EACH: Dijon Mustard, Balsamic Vinegar
  • pinch of Cayenne Pepper

Grilled Cheese

  • 4 medium slices of Bread
  • 3 slices of Smoked Cheese (see notes)
  • 1 cup / 100g Cheddar or Mozzarella (or a mix of both)
  • Butter, as needed

Instructions

  • Maple Glaze: In a small pot whisk together maple syrup, brown sugar, dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar and a pinch of cayenne pepper.
  • Glaze Bacon: Line a baking tray with aluminium foil then place a wire rack on top. Space out bacon strips on top of wire rack and brush both sides with the maple glaze.
  • Bake Bacon: Bake in the oven at 350F/175C for 20-30mins or until caramelized and crispy, flipping half way. Timings will vary so just be vigilant. If the bacon begins to char before it's cooked through then turn down the heat.
  • Grilled Cheese: Place two slices of bread in a pan with the heat OFF. Spread with butter then flip over so they are butter side down. Add the smoked cheese, then the maple bacon, then finish with cheddar/mozzarella. Add second slice of bread and spread with butter. Turn on heat to a medium and fry each side until golden with the cheese melted in the centre.

Quick Demo

Notes

a) Cheese - I love using smoked cheese for this as it compliments the bacon so beautifully (Applewood Cheese is a fave). In reality though you can use any sort of melty cheese you fancy: gruyere, brie, cheddar, mozzarella, Monterey Jack.
b) Timings - I have made this plenty of times and the oven timings always seem to differ. I find thinner cuts of bacon with a large amount of fat tend to burn very quick, so just be vigilant. 
c) Calories - Assuming half mozzarella and half cheddar used and 1 tbsp butter per sandwich:

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Nutrition Facts
The Ultimate Bacon Grilled Cheese (Maple Bacon)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 898 Calories from Fat 596
% Daily Value*
Fat 66.24g102%
Saturated Fat 20.557g128%
Trans Fat 1.266g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.056g
Monounsaturated Fat 8.928g
Cholesterol 103mg34%
Sodium 1302mg57%
Potassium 578mg17%
Carbohydrates 38.45g13%
Fiber 1.6g7%
Sugar 18.22g20%
Protein 37.85g76%
Vitamin A 1144IU23%
Calcium 781mg78%
Iron 2.06mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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