Hole in One Pimento Cheese Grilled Cheese With Candied Bacon

MacKenzie loves grilled cheese, so much so she’s become a bonafide expert in the field. Her blog, Grilled Cheese Social, has landed her features in Martha Stewart, Real Simple Magazine, Buzzfeed, Thrillist, Eater, and Huffington Post to name a few, a job as the spokesperson for Wisconsin Cheese, and she has hosted grilled cheese pop-ups all over the world. Needless to say your in for a serious grilled cheese sandwich in this episode!

HOLE IN ONE PIMENTO CHEESE GRILLED CHEESE WITH CANDIED BACON

INGREDIENTS

-FOR THE PIMENTO CHEESE-

1 Tbsp. duke's mayo

5 dashes Frank’s hot sauce

1/8 tsp yellow mustard

1/4 Tbsp. grated red onion

1 pinch salt

1 pinch sugar

1 pinch garlic powder

1/2 Tbsp. chopped pimentos

1 Tbsp. Hook's aged cheddar

1 Tbsp. grand cru

-FOR THE CANDIED BACON-

2 slices bacon

1 Tbsp. brown sugar

1 pinch cayenne pepper

-FOR THE GRILLED CHEESE

2 slices bread

1 pat salted butter

3 Tbsp. pimento cheese

2 slices candied bacon, chopped

1 egg

 

DIRECTIONS

-FOR THE PIMENTO CHEESE-

In a small bowl, combine the mayo, Frank’s hot sauce, yellow mustard, grated onion, salt, sugar, garlic powder and stir until smooth. 

Add in the cheddar and pimentos and set aside, letting the flavors come together as your bacon candies. 

 

-FOR THE CANDIED BACON-

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Toss bacon in light brown sugar and add a few dashes of cayenne pepper. 

Bake for 10-15 minutes on one side then flip and allow it to cook for another few minutes until bacon is crispy and dark brown.

Remove from heat and set aside. 

 

-FOR THE SANDWICH-

Begin by building the sandwich. Smear half of the pimento cheese onto each slice of bread and add chopped candied bacon. 

Close the sandwich and smush it down. 

Using a biscuit cutter or round cookie cutter, cut a circle out of the middle of sandwich, cutting through both bread slices. 

Gently remove inner circle and set aside. Cut-out circle can be grilled along with sandwich.

In skillet over medium heat, melt butter and place sandwich and cut-out circle in skillet. 

Carefully crack egg into center cut hole. Sprinkle egg with pinch of salt and black pepper. 

Grill sandwich until one side is golden brown and egg has begun to cook. 

When egg white starts to become opaque, gently flip sandwich, adding remaining butter to pan.

Once both sides are golden brown and egg is firm to touch or cooked to your desired doneness, remove sandwich from heat and allow to rest 2 minutes. 

Serve immediately, cutting in half to release egg yolk.

Posted on June 2, 2016 .