Bacon and Mushroom Grilled Cheese Sandwich

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I usually like to keep titles short and sweet but I feel it’d be a huge injustice to this sandwich. I could have made it even longer, I didn’t mention that the bacon is coated with brown sugar and the portabello was sauteed in a balsamic glaze.

It’s strange how plans can change. I spied a sweet dough recipe in a Bon Appetit magazine from a year ago- I really have to purge some of our bathroom reading material- and got all weird and excited to make it. It’s featured as an ideal dough that can be used  for a bunch of different recipes, pretzels being one and it’s been a while since I’ve played with some yeast.

Bacon mushroom and habanero grilled cheese sandwich

And then I opened the fridge and saw a hunk of habanero chili jack cheese. It’s way too spicy for anyone else but me so fitting it into a weeknight dinner isn’t exactly a snap. But wait, when you read as many food blogs as I do you start to see trends and right now grilled cheese sandwiches are a hot ticket. April is actually National Grilled Cheese Month. The gooey, ridiculously simple sandwich gets thirty days of worship- that’s special and well deserved. So basically all visions of plump, chewy pretzels went poof and the pretzel loaf was born, sliced, filled with awesome spicy cheese, introduced to mushrooms and bacon and gently embraced between two panini plates. 

The bread is sweeter than I had imagined. After that first bite the sweet gives way to savory and salty and then the habanero kicks in like a cheap illegal firecracker- you know the ones- after they go boom you’re checking to see if you still have any eyebrows. 

You could just use sourdough and skip the brown sugar on the bacon and even forget the balsamic for the mushroom but I don’t think your world will rock as much as mine did when I ate this sandwich.

You have 22 days left to make a grilled cheese sandwich…go!

Thick sliced grilled cheese sandwich with bacon and mushroom

Bacon Portabello and Habanero Grilled Cheese
Sweet, salty and spicy, This is a manly sandwich.
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Prep Time
1 hr 30 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
2 hr 15 min
Prep Time
1 hr 30 min
Cook Time
45 min
Total Time
2 hr 15 min
For The Bread
  1. 2/3 cup whole milk
  2. 5 tablespoons sugar
  3. 1 3/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
  4. 2 large eggs
  5. 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  6. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  7. 1 egg white
  8. sea salt
  9. 1 stick (4oz) unsalted butter at room temperature
For The Sandwich
  1. 1 large portabello mushroom, sliced thinly
  2. 2 tablespoons butter
  3. salt and pepper
  4. 1 1/2 tablespoon balsamic glaze
  5. 4 slices bacon, cooked
  6. 4 slices habanero jack cheese
  7. 1 tablespoon olive oil
Instructions
  1. In a two-cup measuring jug, heat the milk in the microwave until hot but not boiling. Add 1 tablespoon of the sugar and stir. Sprinkle the yeast on top of the milk and let sit until it gets foamy, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the eggs and whisk until well combined. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine the other 4 tablespoons of sugar, flour and salt. Add the yeast/milk mixture and mix on low speed until it starts to come together.
  3. Start adding cubes of butter to the dough making sure each one is blended before adding another.
  4. Once all of the butter has been added, mix the dough for 4-5 minutes until it becomes smooth and shiny.
  5. Brush a large bowl lightly with some butter or olive oil. Knead the dough by hand into a ball shape and place it into the bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rest for about an hour and a half or doubled in size.
  6. Punch the dough down and knead the dough again forming a loaf shape. Place it in a greased 9 x 5 loaf pan, cover and let rest for another hour.
  7. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Gently glaze the loaf with the beaten egg white and sprinkle with crunchy sea salt.
  8. Bake for 35 minutes. Let cool before slicing.
For The Sandwich
  1. Heat the butter in a saute pan and add the sliced mushrooms. Add the balsamic and season with some salt and black pepper. Heat for about 5 minutes. Transfer to a dish to cool.
  2. Preheat a panini grill. Lay the bacon on the bottom slice of the bread. Add the sliced cheese and then top with some of the mushrooms.
  3. Place the top slice on and drizzle with some olive oil. Place the sandwich onto the grill and close. Let it cook until you see the cheese start to ooze from the sides of the sandwich, about 8-10 minutes.
  4. Cut in half and serve at once.
Notes
  1. This sandwich could be made with store bought bread. Just omit the bread making steps.
  2. I cooked my bacon in the oven and sprinkled it with about 1 tablespoon of brown sugar before baking it.
  3. If you use your own bread, the cook time should be adjusted to about 8-10 minutes.
Adapted from Bon Appetit
Adapted from Bon Appetit
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28 comments


  • Oh my, this sounds awesome… Pretzel bread – I’ve never heard of this! At least not in loaf format – I’ve only seen it in buns… So cool. And it looks like the process is somewhat similar to brioche with the slow addition of butter to the dough… Love the combination of the spicy with the sweet – fantastic twist to elevate grilled cheese!

    April 08, 2013
  • Pretzel bread? Turned into grilled cheese?? I may have just fallen in love with a sandwich.

    April 08, 2013
  • Whoa! Now this is a sandwich! Look fabulous & I need to make pretzel bread asap!

    April 08, 2013
  • What a sandwich! It looks super duper delicious!

    April 08, 2013
  • Are you crazy?!! You cannot tempt me like this when I’m trying to prep a healthy dinner. Shoot!!! PInning this for later.

    April 08, 2013
    • foodnessgracious

      Carrian…it has mushrooms!

      April 11, 2013
  • Candice

    This looks delish! I have never heard of a pretzel bread. I was hooked once I Bacon Portabello Mushroom and Habanero. lols!

    April 08, 2013
  • Ever since I saw this on Instagram, I can’t stop thinking about it! I want that pretzel bread! And then I want this grilled cheese baaaaad!

    April 08, 2013
  • I would love to try this sandwich (sans the bacon, which I don’t eat). Love the homemade pretzel bread!

    April 08, 2013
  • Want!

    April 09, 2013
  • Did someone say pretzel bread?!! I want this in my life!

    April 09, 2013
  • Your creativity meter is off the charts. This is a fascinatingly beautiful sandwich. Sweet bacon? Hot cheese? So incredible!

    April 09, 2013
  • ummm…Oh my God. That looks like the best sandwich ever.

    April 09, 2013
  • Next time you make this I want to come over for dinner or lunch, whatever! It doesn’t look like you are afraid to go heavy on the cheese!

    April 09, 2013
  • Fuuuuuuuuuudge!!! Sensory overload!!

    April 09, 2013
    • foodnessgracious

      Hey, fudge grilled cheese??

      April 11, 2013
  • i don’t think my keyboard is going to work anymore because I just drooled all over it! LOVE THIS

    April 09, 2013
  • I wish I had this right now that I am at the office!

    April 09, 2013
  • Wow! This sandwich is my idea of heaven!

    April 10, 2013
  • Oh my heaven, this grilled cheese is over the top!! Love everything about it.

    April 11, 2013
    • foodnessgracious

      Thanks Aggie, over the top is good sometimes :)

      April 11, 2013
  • This is so right up my alley! I am obsessed with anything involving pretzel bread!

    April 11, 2013
    • foodnessgracious

      Thanks Kelly, I’m getting to be also :)

      April 11, 2013
  • I love grilled cheese on pretzel bread and was toying with making a special version for Grilled Cheese Month. But, this baby I’m baking is sucking all my energy, so I’m glad you did the work for me! I need to make this STAT! :)

    April 11, 2013
    • foodnessgracious

      Nikki, hang in there and have some grilled cheese :)

      April 12, 2013
  • What a fabulous grilled cheese! I loved that you used haberno jack – one of my favorites! Love the portabello!

    April 16, 2013
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