Apple Bacon Cheddar Melts with Roasted Red Onion Mayo

This week is going to be a lot of fun! Starting Sunday and going through until Friday I’ll be featuring a brand new recipe here at my site. It is apple week and I have some really tasty recipes for you guys to try.

I was invited to participate by Aimee at Shugary Sweets and Jocelyn at Inside BruCrew Life. Also participating are a group of awesome food bloggers which I’ll be featuring daily in a separate post. Enjoy!

Okay, back to the food! I’ve made my fair share of apple and cheese sandwiches in the past and while they are tasty, they can be a little boring. I was hopeful that this recipe would have a ton of flavor and it did not disappoint.

The apple gives it a tart sweetness and crunch, the cheddar a sharp bite. The roasted onion mayo add so much to the sandwich, so please don’t skip it.

Grilled Apple, Bacon and Cheddar Melt with Roasted Red Onion Mayo
Makes 1 sandwich

  • 2 slices (1/2-inch-thick) sourdough, multigrain or another hearty bread 
  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon, cooked crisp 
  • 4 slices Cheddar 
  • 1/2 Granny Smith apple, cored, sliced thin 
  • Roasted Red Onion Mayo, recipe follows 
  • Butter

Roasted Red Onion Mayo:   

  • 1 medium red onion, chopped 
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil 
  • Salt and pepper 
  • 1-cup mayonnaise

1. Preheat a seasoned grill pan or griddle over medium heat. Assemble this sandwich just as you would a traditional grilled cheese sandwich: spread 1 slice of bread with some Red Onion Mayo, then top with 2 slices Cheddar, the bacon, the apple slices, then 2 more slices of Cheddar, finishing with another mayo-slathered slice of bread. Butter the outsides of the bread and transfer to the hot grill. Grill about 3 minutes per side, since this sandwich is so thick. Remove to a cutting board and cut the sandwich in half on the diagonal to serve.

Roasted Red Onion Mayo:  

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

2. On a small-rimmed baking sheet, toss the red onion, olive oil, salt and pepper together. Roast in the oven for 25 to 30 minutes until the onion is very soft, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven and let cool. Transfer to a food processor and buzz until finely chopped. Add the mayo and pulse until smooth and combined.

Recipe from Paula Deen

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  1. My son is looking over my shoulder and begging me to make him a sandwich just like this:-) Thank you for an awesome looking apple recipe to kick off Applicious Week!!!

  2. This is a dangerous sandwich! I have everything in the fridge, including some left over bacon, and I'm HUNGRY! It is lunchtime so it can't be wrong, can it? I'm going to call it fate! Can't wait to see what else you share for apple week!

  3. Ali…this looks fantastic! I can't say I've ever had apple and cheddar together, but now I'm wanting to make that happen in the near future!

    Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos