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Bacon and Apple Grilled Cheese

Nathan Congleton / TODAY
Cook Time:
5 mins
Prep Time:
5 mins

Chef notes

The grilled cheese sandwich is a classic for a reason. But every so often, I enjoy adding new flavors and textures to this versatile sandwich. The addition of peppered bacon and green apples adds a smoky and sweet taste. To give the sandwich its quintessential golden color and rich flavor, I use mayo instead of butter. Feel free to use a cast-iron skillet or griddle when cooking; just be sure your surface is hot!

Swap option: When it comes to toppings, don't just limit yourself to bacon and apple! Feel free to set up a toppings bar for your friends to create their own sandwiches. I recommend toppings such as pickled jalapenos, spinach, roasted peppers, sliced meats and an assortment of cheeses.


  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 8 slices thick-cut white bread
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded white cheddar
  • 8 slices pepper jack, cheddar or white cheddar cheese
  • 1 large green apple, cored and thinly sliced
  • 8 slices thick-cut peppered cooked bacon



Spread 1 tablespoon of mayo onto 1 side of each bread slice.


Warm skillet over medium heat. Place 1 slice of bread mayo-side down and top with a portion of shredded mozzarella, shredded white cheddar and sliced cheese. Add a couple apple slices and bacon, then place the second slice of bread onto the pile, mayo-side up.


Grill for 2 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Once cooked, remove from the pan and slice diagonally. Serve immediately.