Monday, May 7, 2012

Crazy Cooking Challenge : Bacon, Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Roasted Garlic Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

This months challenge was Grilled Cheese....Tina must have been inspired because there have been a slew of grilled cheese sandwich recipes floating around the internet.
I've learned that grilled cheese does not have to consist of processed cheese & sandwich bread {something I do not like} fact there are so many flavor combinations to make what I call a "grown-up"grilled cheese.
One of my favorite sandwiches that I'll make every once in awhile is my Ciabatta with bacon & brie combination, so I was excited for this challenge to search for a couple of new recipes.

When I typed in grilled cheese into the Pinterest search engine, I found a wonderful blog, Gallery Kitchen-Bake Up Little Suzy.  I hit the jackpot.  She was doing a month-long grilled cheese special and I immediately starting pinning recipes to try out.

My favorite out of all of them {that I made & tried}....the Bacon, Sun-Dried Tomatoe & Roasted Garlic.

I tried to stay pretty true to the recipe, but I adapted some to feed my family of's a rundown of how I made these fabu-deliciosity sandwiches.

First, I started out with some homemade Challah Bread.  The recipe I used was fantastic, I think I calculated that each slice was 80 calories or so.

While the bread baked, I wrapped 10 cloves of garlic in some foil-with some EVOO-and roasted it for about 25-30 minutes.  Heavenly smell.

For the Bacon part, I used Turkey bacon.  I really like the stuff & it's a little nicer for you calorie wise.  Sun-Dried tomatoes, Italian Cheese Blend, Basil & EVOO rounded out the rest of the ingredients.

 Because I was mass producing this sandwich, I used my Oven.  Made it much easier to cook 5 {or 6} sandwiches at once.

I fully enjoyed this sandwich.  From the smoky bacon, to the sweet tomatoes, to the roasted garlic, my mouth was having a par-tay!

Bacon, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, & Roasted Garlic Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
~From Suzanna @ Gallery Kitchen~
{Oringial Recipe}
{My Version-Printable}

-Makes 6 servings
·         12 cloves of roasted garlic
·         EVOO
·         12 slices of Challah Bread
·         12 slices of cooked Turkey Bacon
·         Sun-Dried Tomatoes
·         Basil
·         Italian Blend Cheese-about ¼ cup to ½ cup for each sandwich
1.      Preheat the oven to 450˚
2.     On each slice of bread, spread some roasted garlic.
3.    Pile on the bacon, sun-dried tomatoes, cheese, and basil-a little sprinkle for each sandwich.
4.    Drizzle the top & bottom of the sandwich with EVOO, and if you want, some more cheese.
5.     Bake in the oven for 10 minutes, and then flip the sandwiches to bake for another 10 minutes.
6.     Sandwiches are done when they are nice and golden on the outside.
7.     Enjoy!

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  1. I LOVE sundried tomatoes! Perfect flavors for a grilled cheese!

  2. Yum! I love that you used your oven to make enough for everyone, as someone who is usually serving 5 or 6 myself, I'll be giving that a try!

  3. that looks amazing - you have a beautiful blog - new follower


  4. Wow! This looks sooo good--and I love that you made your own bread!! Stopping by from the Challenge!

  5. Oh this looks so yummy!! Great choice!

  6. You sold me with the homemade challah...what a fantastic sandwich!!!

  7. This sounds so delicious! Love the bread!

  8. Thank you so much for linking to my grilled cheese! I'm glad you enjoyed it. And I LOVE that you made your own bread. :)

    Your version looks fantastic!

  9. Wow Your bread looks fab.., I too made a bread to make my sandwich, being a vegetarian I could leave out the meat part of it and try out the rest :), Beautiful clicks loved the first one... Jayasri CCC#80

  10. What a great combination for a Grilled Cheese, it looks delicious!

  11. This is a great combination of flavors! Your sandwich looks really good and I like how you used Challah Bread for the sandwich. Stopping by from CCC #9.

  12. Wow! I just love sundried tomatoes! I almost bought a huge jar at Costco today. Maybe I need to go back now!

    Jen #40


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