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A grilled cheese sandwich on an apple shaped cutting board with two bottles of Riesling and a glass of wine in the background

Apple, Cheddar, Bacon & Arugula Grilled Cheese

sara a.
The ultimate gourmet grilled cheese recipe for fall! This grilled cheese recipe is so easy, and absolutely packed with flavor.
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Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 8 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 2 sandwiches
Calories 632 kcal


  • 1 cup Arugula
  • 1 tsp. Olive Oil
  • 1/4 tsp. Flaky Sea Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Freshly Cracked Black Pepper
  • 4 slices Sourdough Bread (1/2" thick)*
  • 3 tbsp. Unsalted Butter softened
  • 1 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 6 strips Crispy, Thick-Cut Bacon**
  • 1 Medium Fuji Apple*** thinly sliced


  • Toss arugula, olive oil, salt and pepper together in a medium bowl. Set aside until ready to use.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Divide the softened butter between the four slices of bread, spreading evenly onto one side of each slice.
  • Once the skillet is hot, place one slice of bread (butter side down) into the skillet. Immediately sprinkle 1/4 cup of shredded cheddar across the top side of the bread.
  • Lay three slices of bacon across the cheddar.
  • Top the bacon with half of the prepared arugula.
  • Sprinkle another 1/4 cup of shredded cheddar across the arugula. Place another slice of bread (butter side UP) onto the arugula. Gently press down on the sandwich with a spatula.
  • Cook the grilled cheese 3-4 minutes until browned on the bottom. Carefully flip, and cook another 2-3 minutes until browned and cheese is melted.
  • Repeat with remaining ingredients to make second sandwich. Slice both in half, and serve hot!


*Bread:  You can also use French, Italian, or any sliced white bread!
**Bacon:  My favorite method for cooking bacon is in the oven at 375 until crispy (about 15 minutes.)  I like to place it on a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil or an oven-safe wire rack.
***Apple:  Can also use red delicious, or your favorite!


Serving: 1sandwichCalories: 632kcal
Keyword Apple Cheddar Bacon Grilled Cheese
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