Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Bacon and Pear

A few months ago I had the pleasure of accompanying Amy of Cooking with Amy and Brett of In Praise of Sardines for a light bite to eat at the Arlequin deli in Hayes Valley, San Francisco. Amy highly recommended the grilled cheese sandwich with bacon and pear, and it was, true to Amy’s suggestion, fabulous. The sweet pear worked beautifully with the bacon and sharp cheddar. A great combination. Bartlett pears are just now finally making a show at the markets and I made these sandwiches for the family this week. We also tried them with ham, in place of the bacon. The bacon won. There is a debate here as to whether gruyere would do well in place of the cheddar. “No, no, no, it would overwhelm the pear.” We haven’t tried that combo yet, but if you do, please let us know how it goes.

Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Bacon and Pear Recipe



  • French or Italian loaf bread, sliced
  • Bacon, cooked
  • Bartlett pear
  • Sharp white cheddar cheese (high quality)
  • Butter, softened and spreadable


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1. Heat a cast iron skillet to medium high heat. Layer your sandwich - bread slice, cheese, pear slices, bacon, bread slice. Spread butter over the top of the sandwich. Place the sandwich top side down (butter side down) on the hot pan. Butter the exposed side of the sandwich. Let cook for a minute and then use a metal spatula to turn the sandwich over to its other side.

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2 While you are toasting the sandwich on the remaining side, press down on the sandwich with a spatula. Alternatively, you can mimic a panini press (albeit without the ridges) by heating a smaller cast iron pan on a separate burner. Use the weight of this pan to press down on the sandwich from above.

The sandwich is done when the sides are toasted and the cheese is melted. Cut in half and serve.

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  • diamonddollfla

    The pictures got me. Eating it as I type and it was simple to make. Hardest part for me cutting the pear and keeping the cat out of the kitchen.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve had apple and cheddar melts and it’s delicious so I figured I would try this sandwich and I just wasn’t pleased. I tried it again with gruyere cheese and without the bacon because I ran out and it turned out much better the second way! The gruyere’s smokey flavor really works with the pear,

  • elizabeth

    I made this incredibly tasty sandwich for dinner last night. And then I went into a blissful, cholesterol-induced coma.

    A wonderful, indulgent departure from my usual hummus wrap. Thanks Elise.

  • Zoe

    I made this yesterday for lunch and it was fabulous! I health-i-fied it, of course. I used Great Harvest low carb bread, Smart Balance for the butter, turkey bacon, and 2% milk cheddar cheese. Still wonderful.

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