June 18, 2016
Lunch, Pork, Dairy,
Alcohol, Appetizers, Italian, Mexican, North American, Cinco de Mayo, Entertaining, Ladies Luncheon, Oven Roast, Stove Top, No Eggs, Processed Cheese, Spicy, Sandwiches more
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"Found this morning @ thecookierookiedotcom on a 1st visit to her site, food blogger Becky Hardin definitely amazed me w/this recipe for the ultimate adult comfort food plus another recipe for a bite-sized, easy-fix & creative appy I'll enter next. I can hardly wait to browse the rest of her recipes for more treasures! Altho described as the perfect appy for a NY Eve party, IMHO it also works well for a luncheon entree, a starter course for a dinner party or even a Cinco de Mayo celebration. My best bet is we're all going to ENJOY this comfort food to-the-max!"
Preheat oven to 350F. While the oven is heating, mix the whiskey (or bourbon) w/1 cup brown sugar & the cayenne pepper in a sml saucepan over med-high heat. Stir to combine. Bring to a boil & then reduce to a simmer for 10 min. Remove from heat & set aside.
Place ea strip of bacon directly on a baking sheet, allowing a bit of space between them. This is a video about oven-baking bacon w/tips: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pr4Zv840kys. Brush both sides of the bacon w/the whiskey reduction & then sprinkle the top w/the remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar.
Place bacon in the oven & cook for 20 min, ck'ing after 12 min. Ovens vary, so you want to be sure the bacon doesn't burn. (Becky Hardin said hers took the full 20 min.
Take bacon out of the oven & allow to sit on a paper towel to cool & drain.
When ready to make your grilled cheese, heat a lrg skillet over med-high heat.
Butter 1 side of ea slice of bread. Lightly sprinkle ea buttered side w/garlic powder.
Place ea slice of bread onto the hot skillet, butter side down. Add 1 slice of cheddar cheese & 1 slice of mozzarella to each slice of bread & allow to melt while bread toasts. Cook ea slice of bread for approx 2 min or until the outside is fully toasted & browned to your liking.
Place 2 slices of bacon onto 4 pieces of the bread, side-by-side. Top w/the remaining 4 slices of bread = 4 cheesy sandwiches. Sprinkle ea hot sandwich w/a little shredded cheddar (optional). Cut ea sandwich in half (between the bacon slices) to create 8 dippers.
SERVING SUGGESTIONS: Yield is 8 dippers, so as a lunch item, serve 2 dippers per person w/a bowl of tomato soup. As an appy or starter course, serve 1 dipper per person w/a sml dish of tomato soup or marinara sauce. If having a Mexican or Tex-Mex meal & you need an appy or starter course for it, try serving 1 dipper per person w/a sml dish of salsa or guacamole.
COMMENTS FROM ME: I haven't made this recipe yet, but 2 things occur to me: 1) The amt of whisky (or bourbon) & the amt of brown sugar seem to exceed the need for just 8 slices of bacon, so expect leftovers or adjust as you see fit ... 2) Re the optional topping of extra cheddar cheese - Frankly, we're already on "cheese-overload" by the time we get to that option, so I'd be skipping it w/o hesitation.
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We loved these sammy's for an easy dinner served with tomato soup! I halved the recipe and as you suggested cut back the amount of bourbon and brown sugar using 1/4 cup of each. My bacon needed more than 20 minutes so I finished cooking them in a frying pan. I'll definitely be making these again. Thanks for sharing!
We enjoyed this special sandwich last night with soup for a very satisfying supper. The grilled cheese was perfect, crisp and golden, filled with sweet/spicy bacon and melted sharp cheddar and mellow mozzarella. Made on light rye for a great sandwich. Thank you for sharing your recipe, which was quick and easy to make with lovely results. Made FYC tag game.