I was in Trader Joes the other day and they had pita crackers and cramelized onion cheddar for tasting. "Cheddar with caramelized onions?" I said. "Is that new?"
"No. We've had it a while." How on earth did I miss that?!
Just look at this tangy cheddar sweet onion cube of goodness:
I thought I knew every cheese at TJ, but I guess I've been missing out. So what better way to break in a new cheese than by making a grilled cheese sandwhich?
Hence, the bacon bourbon grilled cheeese.
I came across some kind of grilled cheese with bourbon in the title quite a while ago. I couldn't find it again so I was going off the title and my own brain. ;)
I started with a garlic bourbon aoli. While I was making the aoili, bacon was crisping up in the oven. To make the aoli I put about a third of a cup of mayo, a tablespoon of choppped garlic, a splash of bourbon (use how much of it you'd like to taste), and salt and pepper.
Mix it all together and slather it onto your favorite grilled cheese bread. I was using a leftover hunk of some soft baguette I got at the grocery story the other day. It had lots of airholes and I slathered on enough mayo mixture to fill 'em in.
Slip that bread under the broiler and let the aoili melt down into the bread.
Just melt it down. Don't leave it too long because you're going to put it back in in a few minutes and you don't want to burn it.
Layer on some slices of that fabulous cheese. Don't forget to cut a slice for yourself. It's definitely a good snacking cheese and you'll need one chunk to hold you off while you make this.
The cheese goes on one side and it all goes back under the broiler until it melts, just a few minutes. This cheese melts beautifully!
This is where I put the top on and went to town. You could add arugula here but I didn't have any on hand. This would also go great with kale chips on the side.
Next time you're at Trader Joes, I'd encourage you to pick up some of this cheese and try it out. And no, I'm not an affiliat blogger for TJ or anything like that. :) Just a lover of good cheese.