Sometimes world’s collide and the stars align and you get something amazing. Something like this Grilled BLT Cheese Sandwich. Two simple concepts forged into one delicious sandwich that you can make in no time, and the ingredients allow you make this into a healthy, hearty sandwich.
I’m finally back from all my travels for a bit and can settle into a routine. I seem to live my life (happily) in two extremes – I like routine and on the flip side I love adventure and travel. If I’m not out exploring the world one city/island/town at a time, than I love the stability of routine. Habits are borne of routine, so it’s no wonder that as I try to become the healthiest version of myself that a routine allows me to consistently create good habits.
After a short girls weekend in Milwaukee where I ate and drank my way through the city on a chilly weekend, I was ready to get back home and settle in. The food and cocktails were amazing (hello someone who knew how to make a proper whiskey sour!), as was the company, but I need to get swimsuit ready ASAP, and this weekend diet of binging and splurging wasn’t doing me any good.
Our cruise to the Bahamas is looming on the horizon and while I’m excited, I’m also nervous. A Victoria Secret model I am not. But we can’t change the food decisions of our past so we move forward. Thankfully grilling season is upon us and I’ll be planting my garden real soon!
As I was thinking about my garden and what I want to plant this year I was making myself hungry for garden fresh veggies, and I thought about how delicious a BLT sounded. Always one to spice things up a little, I knew I had some smoked gouda to use so I decided to do a BLT and grilled cheese mash-up.
The taste? Well first of all anything with bacon is good. Duh. And gouda is one of my favorite cheeses, so I already knew this was going to be a winner.
The melty cheese combined with the crisp tomato in each bite gave a texture balance and flavor that can’t be beat. I used baby spinach, however any kind of lettuce would be great. I think a crisp butter lettuce would add more great texture if you’d prefer not to use baby spinach.
Also, I note this in the recipe but be careful on how thick your slices of cheese are. I sliced my Gouda by hand and what you’ll find if it’s too thick is that your bread will cook before your cheese has a chance to melt. And obviously melty cheese is key to this BLT grilled cheese combo!
COMMENT BELOW: What is your favorite kind of cheese to use in a grilled cheese sandwich?
Serves 1 sandwich
10 minPrep Time
10 minCook Time
20 minTotal Time
- Four slices whole wheat bread
- Two slices smoked gouda (careful not to make your slices too thick or the cheese won't melt)
- 2 tbsp. of butter, divided
- 2 tbsp. of mayo, divided
- 12 leaves of baby spinach
- Four slices of turkey bacon, cooked
- Two large slices of tomato
- Lay out your four slices of bread and spread 1/2 tbsp. of butter on one side of each slice.
- Flip over the bread and spread 1/2 tbsp. of mayo on the other side of the bread.
- Layer the slice of gouda, 6 leaves of baby spinach, a slice of tomato, and two slices of bacon.
- Close the sandwich by putting the second slice of bread, mayo side down, on top of the bacon.
- Repeat with the second sandwich.
- Put one of the sandwiches in a skillet and cook on low-medium heat. Flip after 5 minutes or when the bread is cooked to your liking.
- Cook the second side of the sandwich for 3 minutes, or until the bread is cooked to your liking (NOTE: The first side of the sandwich will take a little longer to cook because the skillet isn't warmed up, so the second side of the sandwich will take less time).
The nutritional value of this recipe reflects the bread and cheese I used. If you use a different kind of cheese or bread you'll need to readjust the nutritional value.