When I lived in NJ there was a diner I frequented and loved called the Florham Park Diner. I need to get in touch with them to recreate their split pea soup. Their secret weapon: fried croutons. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. One of my favorite sandwiches at the Florham Park Diner was the Happy Waitress Sandwich. Melted cheese, bacon and tomatoes, who wouldn’t be happy with that?
Like any dish, start with good ingredients and you get great results. I love shopping at Whole Foods that helps me support local farmers like Thompson Farms. That is where my bacon came from.
Once this is cooked, the bacon literally melts in your mouth.
Perfection. Is your mouth watering yet? Let’s get a closer look . . .
This is food porn.
Butter makes everything better. Butter melting in a hot pan is a beautiful thing.
I love onions and thought I would add some to the mix.
Spread some mayo on to each bread slice. Then top with cheese and onions. I used two different cheeses but you can use just one.
Then I added the tomatoes, bacon, more cheese and topped with the other slice.
ooey gooey yumminess. I think this pretty much covers all food groups.
I had a little tomato soup and salad to go along with the sandwich.
Grilled Cheese Sandwich with Bacon and Tomato
prep and cooking time about 15 minutes
use as much as you want of ingredients
oven temp 400
mammoth cheddar slices
english white cheddar slices
tomato thinly sliced
Heat oven to 400. Place a cooling rack in a sheet pan to place the bacon on. If you don’t have the wire cooling racks, just use parchment paper instead. Cook bacon for 10 minutes, then rotate pan and cook for another 10 minutes. While bacon is cooking heat a small amount of butter to sautee onions. Set aside.
Spread a small amount of mayo, just enough to coat the slice, on what will be the inside sides of bread. Place white cheddar on one of the bread slices, then followed by the sauteed onions. Add tomato, bacon and mammoth slices. Top with the other slice of bread, mayo side down. Spread butter on the outside of bread.
Heat a saute pan or cast iron skillet and butter the pan. Place the non buttered side on the pan. Let it brown a bit and then flip over to the buttered side. Place the pan directly into the oven and cook for about 5 minutes or so.
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