Clothbound Cheddar with Bacon and Apples on Cinnamon Raisin Bread
Grilled Cheese (Chef Jason Sobocinski)


  • 8 slices cinnamon raisin bread
  • 2 cups of grated clothbound cheddar
  • 8 slices of crisped thick cut bacon
  • 8 slices of tart granny smith apple
  • Fresh black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted fresh butter


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Assemble the sandwiches by layering a slice of the cinnamon raisin bread, some of the grated cheddar, two slices of apple, two slices of crisped bacon, a few good cracks of black pepper and top with a bit more of the shredded cheese and top with another slice of cinnamon raisin bread.
  3. Do this for all four sandwiches spreading the cheese out equally among them.
  4. In a large heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat melt half of the butter until foaming and place the sandwiches into griddle up.
  5. Allow them about a minute or 2 on the first side, adding the remaining butter and flipping to the other side.
  6. Remove the sandwiches once the bread is lightly crisped on both sides and place onto a sheet pan with a metal rack and into the preheated oven for just a few minutes checking often until the cheese is really melted and gooey.
  7. Remove and allow to rest before serving.
  8. Makes 4 sandwiches.