Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Avocado

My cookbook shelf is, shall we say FULL?  And by full I mean that there is no more room on any shelf of the official cookbook bookcase, and so the extras are piling up on the unofficial cookbook bookcases…otherwise known as my kitchen hutch, my desk, my coffee table…you get the picture.  Because of this, I am extremely picky about letting any new cookbooks into the fold.  They can’t just be good, they have to be so great and jam-packed with deliciousness that I can’t turn them away.  And let’s just say that the cookbook that gave me this grilled cheese sandwich with bacon and avocado has been the first one I’ve added to my collection in a while. Please meet the very delicious Dahlia Bakery Cookbook.

Isn’t it pretty?

Now, this cookbook (as you would expect from a cookbook with the word “bakery” in the title) is chockfull of sweet and scrumptious delectableness.  Cherry Almond Scones. Hot Buttered Rum Apple Pie!   Oregon Raspberry Pinot Noir Sorbet!!  But me being me, I went right for the bacon…as in this cheesy, dreamy, creamy wonder of a grilled cheese sandwich.

Even better, it’s as easy to make as it is delicious.  Some nice buttered country bread, a little Vermont cheddar (as always, I love Cabot!), some mashed avocado and yes, some bacon.  Put them all together and grill it up…I used my electric griddle but a good old-fashioned frying pan on the stove works just fine, and when summertime comes back I will also try this on the actual grill.

So at the end of the day, I will be keeping this fabulous cookbook around, but I can’t bear to not share the love, so I have three more to give away.  Just leave me a comment below telling me your favorite bakery treat, and in one short week I will pick three happy winners from the comments.  And if you want a preview of what you are in store for, give this sandwich a whirl…you’ll never think about grilled cheese the same way again!

This giveaway is now closed…but you can still enjoy the grilled cheese sandwich below!

Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Avocado

Serves: 4 sandwiches

Ingredients
  • 8 thick cut bacon slices
  • 1 large ripe avocado
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Wedge of lemon or lime
  • 8 slices rustic bread, cut about ½ inch thick
  • 4-6 tablespoons salted butter
  • 8-12 ounces cheddar cheese, grated
Instructions
  1. 1. Cook the bacon in a skillet over medium high heat until crisp. Drain on paper towels and set aside.
  2. 2. Cut the avocado in half, remove the pit and mash with a fork. Season to taste with salt and pepper and mix with a squirt of lemon or lime.
  3. 3. Place the 8 slices of bread and spread one side of each slice of bread with butter. Turn the bread over on a work surface so unbuttered side is facing up. Top four slices of bread with cheddar, dividing the cheese between all four sandwiches
  4. 4. Spread the other four slices of bread with mashed avocado, dividing it evenly, and top the avocado with two slices of bacon. Press a cheese-topped bread slice and an avocado-topped bread slice together with the filling on the inside and the buttered slices facing out.
  5. 5. Place 2 large frying pans over medium heat and place two sandwiches in each pan. When the first side is golden turn the sandwiches and brown the other side, about three minutes per side. If needed, add a little more butter to the pan. When both sides are golden and the cheese is melted, remove the sandwiches from the pan, slice them in half and serve hot.

Recipe from The Dahlia Bakery Cookbook

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  1. I’ve been to that bakery with my mom last year. So good! My favorite bakery treat is a croissant.

  2. Christy Flinchum says:

    That sandwich looks delicious! Thanks, now I know what I’m having for lunch!
    My favorite bakery treat are probably shortbread cookies. When they are good, they are transcendent.

  3. I would take a croissant any day!

  4. Old fashioned dark molasses cookies with sugar on top is my fave bakery treat!

  5. Pat Murphree says:

    Since I was a kid, my favorite bakery treat is a petit four. That sandwich looks amazing, Kate!

  6. My favorite bakery treat from when I was growing up was called a Turtle. It was like a shortbread cookie with pecans mixed in it, and then it had a dollop of chocolate fudge frosting on top. The bakery we use to buy them from closed down years ago, and the closest thing I can find to them now is a Chocolate top from Goldman’s Kosher Bakery.

  7. I can never turn down a cheese danish. They make me swoon. But I love a good scone, too!

  8. Mine would be a delicious brownies with walnuts. Icing optional.

  9. Pain au chocolate – and someday I will make these.

  10. For me, definitely apple strudel!
    The best isn’t from a bakery, it’s my aunt’s. She only makes it once a year, but it’s well worth the wait every time! (:

  11. Suzanne Barker says:

    My favorite is apple strudel followed by a raspberry cream cheese Danish.

  12. I have never passed up an Elephant Ear, Palmier or whatever the locals call them.

  13. Karen Nelson says:

    oh Bakery treats! A treat I grew up with was a Butterhorn from the local bakery. We would go on Saturday to the bakery and pick them up fresh. It was a treat reserved only for Sunday mornings before church. My mom would warm them and then a bit of butter… I can still taste them.

  14. Debby Wolfe says:

    Mille feuilles, my Mom took us to Paris when we were teens to visit her family and this was my favorite pastry. Never had anything quite that delicious since…

  15. I, too, love cookbooks!

    My favorite bakery treat is apple fritters.

    I hope to learn to make them, maybe with bacon!

    Any ideas?

  16. I cant get enough of danishes!!!

  17. Susan Ellis says:

    I, too, have a southern husband, so I say sticky buns!!! Also, my daughter’s name is Erin Dahlia.

  18. Tiramisu!

  19. no question–cinnamon rolls.

  20. Catherine d. says:

    Fresh baked crusty bread–always!! But if I have a craving for the sweet stuff, then a chocolate dipped shortbread cookie.

  21. Peanut Butter and Jelly cupcakes from Cupcake Jones in Portland, OR.

  22. This cookbook looks amazing! And the sandwich makes me want to run to the kitchen! My favorite bakery treat is a black and white cookie. They’re on my “to make” list!

  23. Serena Butch says:

    My favorite bakery treat is the perfect chunky chocolate chip cookie– the bigger the better!

  24. I’m struggling trying to narrow down my favorite bakery treat as I love them all! My top 2 are croissants and cookies, though I do love a good piece of chocolate cake! See, told you so. I make grilled cheese with bacon and avocado all the time! It’s to die for!

  25. I shouldn’t have read the comments…now I can’t narrow down my favorite bakery treat! Years ago I lived just outside of Philadelphia city limits and used to go to a bakery that had the most awesome spinach-cheese bread. So maybe that, or a cinnamon roll with pecans, or a perfect un-frosted brownie with walnuts or pecans.

    p.s. I love to make grilled cheese with slices of avocado, either on sourdough or multi-grain bread, with extra sharp Cheddar or Monterrey Jack.

  26. Tiramisu is pretty high up there for me, and funnily enough, the best ones I’ve had come from my local HEB. Low standards? Perhaps, but I’ve tried it at restaurants before and often I’ve found the bitterness of the cocoa powder overwhelms the creamy sweetness. Good thing HEB is five minutes away and much cheaper, eh, eh? Hahah. Oh, and I can also pick up some bacon to try this recipe out! Yeeesss! I love avocado, and the bacon would bring it to overkill on the yummy scale.

    If it counts, my other favorite dessert that I don’t get to eat often are cream pies. Driving over half an hour just to buy pies is not in my means, but when I come that way to hang out with my friend, I try to stop by the House of Pies for their Bayou Goo Cream Pie (“A pecan crust with a layer of sweet cream cheese, then a layer of vanilla custard swirled with chocolate chunks and topped with whipped cream and chocolate shavings”) or less often Chocolate Cream Pie. My goodness, that chocolatey cream is heavenly… Maybe I shall make that trip just for pies after all!

  27. I love croissants! Love them, love them, love them!

  28. Oh this looks so good! I’m with you Cabot cheese is the best. As for bakery treats I would have to say a cannoli or a mini fruit tart would be my pick. Lisa/Fresh Eggs Daily

  29. Like so many other people here, I love croissants. They’re actually one of my all time favorite foods! I prefer them plain and flaky, but the almond filled are delicious too.

  30. Michelle W says:

    Your sandwich looks so good, especially considering I haven’t had breakfast yet!

    I have a soft spot for scones but my favorite is a sugar cookie from the Ultimate Bakery in Sewickley, PA. I worked for a doctor who, on surgery day, would return to the office with 2 dozen chocolate cookies for the entire office and 2 sugar cookies – just for me! This bakery also made my wedding cake.

  31. Christi P. says:

    Wow…your sandwich is very lusciuos….I wish I was home to cook right now!! Bakeries are my favorite shops to find when we are traveling. I don’t even have to buy things, I just like to window shop the cases and get ideas!! I think that my favorite treat is a really tasty and fun cupcake. One time we were vacationing in Myrtle Beach and I requested a road trip 50 miles away to visit a quilt store and then a cupcake shop that I had heard feature on Martha Stewart radio. They thought I was crazy, but went along with it and we had a really good time!!

  32. My favorite bakery treat has always been, and shall forever be………a fresh chocolate eclair!

  33. That sandwhich looks so great. I will try it for sure. My favorite bakery treat is BREAD. I adore hot, french bread, or artisian loaves all all kinds. My kid brother would buy me a gift card for Amy’s bread for my bday. For sweets, I love Palmiers and Strawberry Shortcake..

  34. Cookbook looks and sounds awesome.
    Thank you for this opportunity.
    As for my bakery treat; I have so many as I love to bake but would have to say any holiday cookie or bear claws
    ColleenB.

  35. Anne Simpson says:

    Of the many delicious gems my mother makes, banana bread, chocolate chip pie, sour cream coffee cake, my favorite of hers is her absolutely to die for and nationally known (cake flew first class to Hawaii for my nephew – surgeon Army hospital) is her chocolate cake with the homemade butter and powder sugar and cocoa icing. Yum!

  36. My favorite bakery treat is a gooey cinnamon roll!

  37. My favorite treat is the Banana Coconut Cream Pie with Dark Chocolate coating the pie crust from the Alice B. Tookus Baking Company in Wellington, Florida. The cookbook sounds fabulous and the grilled cheese sandwich looks and sounds amazing!

  38. My favorite bakery treat is always a cinnamon roll with lots of icing. Naughty, but oh so good.

  39. My favorite treat is flourless chocolate cake. Yum, Yum. I also LOVE cookbooks. I read them in bed and many times wake up my husband to tell him how good this will taste. His answer is Goodnight have sweet dreams.

  40. I can’t pass up a fresh cinnamon roll!

  41. Hi Kate,

    I’ve always called myself a “gemischter salat”. Why? Because I was born in Sydney, Australia to a Hungarian father and a Finnish mother. I also spent most of my adult life in Geneva, Switzerland until I came to the US. So…I have favourite bakery treats from all the countries I’m associated with and they are: Australia: finger bun or Anzac cookies, Finland: my mother’s walnut tart and my grandmother’s “pulla”, Hungary: DEFINITELY “Dobos Torte” and Swtzerland/France: croissant (plain or almond), and “tarte du vin”. Mmmmm….right now I could go for my mother’s walnut tart! :-)

    Souzie

  42. Ooops…I mean “tarte au vin” :-)

  43. Two favorites –
    number one is a good old fashioned Cinnamon Bun with icing – yum.
    number two is a Great Rustic Bread – crispy on the outside and chewy delicious on the inside along with fresh butter and a hunk of great cheese!

  44. I love a good chocolate croissant!

  45. A fresh cinnamon bun…yum.

  46. My favorite bakery treat is a good old fashion cupcake! Will be a cupcake girl till I take my last breath. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

  47. My favorite bakery treat is cinnamon rolls with caramel icing. YUM!

  48. I live in the Seattle area and love Tom Douglas. Would also love his cookbook! My fave bakery treat are pecan pie squares half dipped in dark chocolate.

  49. I have always loved fresh eclairs!

  50. We never frequented bakeries because there were never any around us! I grew up a rural area where there were more cows than houses. My gram, however, lives just outside of Pittsburgh in a Polish community. When we visited her we always made a trip to a local joint called Krisingers. I always got Paczki. It’s the Challah of stuffed doughnuts (dense, soft and chewy dough that’s fried to perfection and filled with rosehip, apricot or cinnamon apple preserves) and I’m thoroughly surprised I don’t have diabetes from eating all those babies back in the day!

  51. Sfogliatelle, A flaky, multilayer, clam shaped pastry filled with ricotta cheese, is to live for!

  52. My mother made outstanding pecan rolls, but my favorite from the bakery remains a glazed doughnut.

  53. Hands down- Bacon Pecan Pie Bars! A close second is anything Bavarian Cream filled slathered with dark chocolate.

  54. At the bakery I love to buy hot cinnamon rolls, mmmmmm

  55. I love rich, buttery scones and pastries made with almond paste like bear claws.

  56. blueberry scones are the best

  57. A really good chocolate croissant. A trip to Paris a couple of years ago completely raised the bar of the definition of a really good croissant.

  58. I love eclairs! I haven’t had one in years but that would be my pick.

  59. My absolute favourite treat is a “Melting Moment”. Having just returned from my second trip to the USA this year, I failed once again to find one. Always on the lookout for “the better than the last best one”. Has to be an extremely ‘short, melt in the mouth biscuit and at LEAST a 1/4″ of butter cream icing as filling using vanilla extract. My mouth is watering as I write.
    Kate, I just love your website. Robin

  60. Theresa Murphy says:

    Oh yum! That sandwich looks awesome! Are bagels bakery goods? I pretty much make all my own baked goods at home. But not bagels. Someday, maybe. Would love to have the book to add to my overflowing bookshelves! Thanks for the give-away!

  61. Without a doubt, my favorite bakery treat is a donut!

  62. Well I obviously don’t need a copy of this thanks to a very super sweet fellow blogger *ahem* but I did make the hot buttered rum apple pie last week and it was AMAZING. Serious. Awesomeness. Can’t wait to cook through the rest of the book!

  63. Oh so yummy! EVERYTHING tastes better with bacon! I actually made this very sandwich this past weekend with roast beef, Cabot sharp cheddar, avacado, a touch of horseradish sauce and BACON all grilled on sourdough bread in a buttered skillet on the stove. That toasty sandwich sure took some of the chill out of the air here in Boston. Thank you for sharing the new cookbook with us! It sounds heavenly! A family favorite bakery treat in our house is my Grandmother’s Maine Blueberry Buckle recipe. I actually won first prize in the country fair! :)

  64. Wow, hard to narrow it down, but I guess if I have to choose one I would say a pecan sticky bun! :>

  65. Sarah H.P. says:

    My favorite bakery treat is a chocolate e’clair!

  66. Charlene Thompson says:

    That sandwich looks DELICIOUS !! My favorite bakery treat is cinnamon rolls. Love them.

  67. Love peanut butter cookies

  68. Scones are my favorite, specifically vanilla bean scones with a coffee.

  69. Cream cheese croissant with a cup of coffee. Yummy!

  70. My local bakery has blackberry cream croissants…They are TO DIE FOR. The perfect treat on a Sunday morning!

  71. Caramel Brownies!

  72. Warm cheese-bacon-jalapeno biscuit/scone fresh out of the oven- soft, aromatic, buttery melt in your mouth tender biscuit loaded with bits of melty ooey gooey cheese pockets, a crispy cheesey bottom, hits of wonderous crispy salty sweet applewood smoked bacon bits and a sprinkle of finely minced jalapeno peppers throughout that leaves a trace of warmth in your mouth after you finish devouring it… and looking sadly at your empty plate.

  73. Cookies are my favorite!

  74. Well, that sandwich is just what I had in mind for dinner. But to take it totally over the top, mine is going to be a bacon, avocado, cheddar cheeseburger! I’ve been dreaming of it for days.

    My favorite bakery treat? At the moment, I’d say Almond Croissant, followed by a good eclair, but only if they’d put whipped cream in it for me. Not a pastry cream lover. ;) A plain, really fresh croissant…it’s hard to decide.

  75. I love a brownie ,warm from the oven, and a corner piece!! Have a happy Turkey day!

  76. Curry buns all the way!

  77. There’s an amazing French cafe and bakery in my hometown and they make the BEST coconut macaroons! I have to have one every time I go for a visit :)

  78. I love warm chocolate chip cookies :-)

  79. Diane Kloberdanz says:

    I live in the Seattle area and try very hard to stay away from that bakery! My favorite bakery treat is anything with almond paste.

  80. Easy. Italy’s famous brioche!

    Thanks for the great grilled cheese suggestion, the lovely giveaway op and for all the goodness you bring us Kate!

    :)

  81. jimmygourmet says:

    Nothing goes together better (by balancing & flavor) than bacon and avocado. Here in the East we rarely use that combination probably due to the relative high cost of the avocados unfortunately. But as a youth when “I went West” young man I discovered this incredible pairing & have revisited ever since in sandwiches, salads,etc.

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