Mini Grilled Cheese with Bacon, Avocado and Caramelized Onions

I received free samples of Cabot Cheese mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe challenge sponsored by Cabot Creamery and am eligible to win prizes. I was not additionally compensated for my time.

The ultimate grilled cheese. Packed with everything you’d ever want in a grilled cheese. Cheddar. Bacon (yes). Avocado. Caramelized onions. All packed into a mini size. I dare you to name a better combo. The Ultimate Grilled Cheese via JennySheaRawn.comI can’t either.

Cabot Creamery challenged us to come up healthier snacks for entertaining while watching the Big Game or the red carpet. So we made the ultimate grilled cheese – in mini form.

Serve these mini grilled cheese for this weekend’s game while you cheer on Tom Brady and co. Because everyone loves grilled cheese. And these are extra special because they layer bacon, avocado and caramelized onions in addition to the cheddar. Only problem is, after you have the ultimate grilled cheese, it’s hard to go back to the simpler two-ingredient grilled cheese. We will all manage somehow.

You’ll get two mini sandwiches out of each full sandwich you make, so depending on the crowd, make a full sandwich (2 minis) for each person. Serve them with a bowl of tomato soup for dipping. If you don’t have tomato soup, use your favorite marinara sauce.

Have you tried the Cabot Farmers’ Legacy Collection Cheddars? They are goooood. Try the Alpine (love it because of the hints of Parmesan) and the White Oak (buttery and oaky). We used the White Oak here.

The Ultimate Grilled Cheese via JennySheaRawn.comGrilled cheese and tomato soup has been our go-to dinner occasion recently because it’s been so cold. Comfort food always help with that chilled-to-the-bone feeling. And we’ve had quite a few nights where both of us have come home after 8p from work, starving and wanting something really quick and satisfying that is still nutrient rich. Grilled cheese with any variety of fillings (another fave is cheddar, kale and tomato) plus a warm soup always hits the spot and has been our go-to. The Ultimate Grilled Cheese via JennySheaRawn.comThe tomato soup “dipping” sauce adds a fun factor to the grilled cheese. Plus, if you’re watching the game, dips are obligatory. The Ultimate Grilled Cheese via JennySheaRawn.com

Mini Grilled Cheese with Bacon, Avocado and Caramelized Onion

Serves: 4

Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 8 slices whole-grain bread
  • 6 oz bar Cabot Farmers’ Legacy Collection White Oak Cheddar, thinly sliced – or any Cabot flavor you have on hand
  • 3 onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 1 cup lower sodium, lower sugar prepared tomato soup or marinara sauce
  • Freshly ground pepper

Directions:

In a skillet, cook bacon over medium heat then place on a paper towel to absorb excess fat. Drain excess fat. Wipe out skillet with a paper towel. Sauté onions over medium heat, until caramelized. Remove from heat and place onions in a small side dish. Add 2 slices of bread to the skillet over medium heat. Top with ¼ cheddar on each slice. Layer 1 slice halved bacon, ¼ of the onions and ¼ of the avocado on each slice. Top with another slice bread. Heat until browned on the bottom and cheese begins to melt. Flip and heat until bottom slice is browned and toasted. Remove the two sandwiches and repeat. Heat tomato soup or tomato sauce. Slice the crust off the grilled cheeses and then slice in half (we prefer crust off because you can see all the deliciousness inside the sandwiches). Top with freshly ground pepper. Serve the sandwiches on a platter with tomato soup/sauce in a small dish for dipping. As the party host, you have permission to eat the crusts, there will be some goodness in there.

For more great Cabot cheddar party snack ideas, visit these Recipe ReDux blogs:

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