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Grilled Cheese with Apples and Bacon

Funky versions of America’s simplest sandwich have been popping up at national restaurants and quick-service chains more and more in recent years. Problem is, when restaurants start to get creative, it usually spells trouble for your waistline.

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Grilled Cheese with Apples and Bacon

Funky versions of America’s simplest sandwich have been popping up at national restaurants and quick-service chains more and more in recent years. Problem is, when restaurants start to get creative, it usually spells trouble for your waistline.

Au Bon Pain’s Prosciutto Mozzarella Sandwich is a perfect example of this “more is more” mantra, where a few thin slices of cured ham and a mozzarella blanket turn a lunchtime bite into a sandwich that packs as much saturated fat as 5 scoops of Breyers vanilla ice cream. We’re all for innovating, but if you’re going to do it, do it right. The curious combination of sweet apples, smoky bacon, and sharp cheese isn’t just delicious, it contains less than half the calories of most other grilled cheese sandwiches out there. Before you start, be sure to check out our supermarket guide featuring the 11 Best Brand Name Cheeses for Weight Loss.

Ingredients


Makes 4 servings

1 Tbsp butter
8 slices whole-grain bread (we love Martin’s Whole Wheat)
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
6 oz shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and sliced
8 strips cooked bacon

Grilled Cheese with Apples and Bacon

Calories

330

Fat

15 g

Saturated Fat

6 g

Sodium

790 mg

Au Bon Pain's Prosciutto Mozzarella Sandwich

Calories

810

Fat

41 g

Saturated Fat

16 g

Sodium

2,290 mg

You save 480 calories and 26 grams of fat!

HOW TO MAKE IT


Step 1

Heat the butter in a large skillet or nonstick sauté pan over low heat.

Step 2

Slather 4 slices of bread with the mustard, then divide the cheese, apples, and bacon among them. Top with the other bread slices and add to the hot pan.

The key to a great grilled cheese (i.e., crispy crust, fully melted cheese) is patience, so cook these sandwiches slowly until each side is deep brown and crunchy, about 10 to 12 minutes total.

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