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Spicy Cheddar-Apple-Bacon Grilled Cheese

By Paula Deen


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Cooking with Paula Deen Magazine

Recipe from Cooking with Paula Deen magazine.

Difficulty: Easy

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 18 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 8 slices center-cut bacon
  • ¼ cup pepper jelly
  • 8 (½-inch-thick) slices multigrain bread
  • 8 slices cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup fresh baby arugula
  • 1 honeycrisp apple, cored and thinly sliced
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided


In a large nonstick skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat until crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove bacon, and let drain on paper towels. Wipe skillet clean.

Spread pepper jelly onto one side of half of bread slices; top with cheese, bacon, arugula, apple, pepper, and remaining bread slices.

In same skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add 2 sandwiches; cook until cheese is melted and bread is toasted, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Repeat with remaining 2 tablespoons butter and remaining 2 sandwiches. Serve immediately.