Smoky Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

OOOOO I am so glad I went to that cooking expo last weekend! I know I've been talking about it all week, but I truly picked up some great items from the vendors there. I love it because they're not items I'd pick up at the grocery store (even though some of these vendors have their products at some grocery store, most of them sell them online). They taste quite different than the regular brands I'm used to. They're from small, family owned vendors who seem to genuinely care about their product, and not in the gimmicky advertising sort of way.

I've been trying to create recipes around these products, either using them as the featured item or adding them to reliable, solid recipes in subtle ways. Grilled cheese is a favorite at our place. Gautam and I love it, and I'm sure Mowgli would too if we let him eat it. What surprised me about this sandwich is how well the smoky bacon cheese complimented the wasabi mayo and habanero barbeque sauce. There was no meat in this sandwich otherwise, but the surprisingly complex tasting cheese along with the arugula and sauces was just...perfection. Yup. It was so good.

Ingredients:

  • Wasabi Mayo
  • Potato bread
  • Habanero BBQ sauce
  • Smoky Bacon cheddar cheese (to make this vegetarian, just swap this with another yummy cheese)
  • Arugula
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Prep:

Preheat the sandwich maker. Spread wasabi mayo on one slice of bread and the habanero bbq sauce on the other. Grill the potato bread sauce side up. Break up the cheese and lay it on top of one slice, along with the arugula. Season with salt and pepper and cover the sandwich. Grill with the sandwich maker covered. Slice in half and serve immediately.