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Grilled Cheese with Tomato, Avocado, Bacon, and Arugula

Did you know that April is National Grilled Cheese month? We’ve been celebrating this super fun holiday for a few weeks already.

Why? Grilled Cheese is all I’ve had time to cook lately! HA! And it is something that the whole family can agree on. Even our resident picky eater doesn’t mind a toasty, cheesy sandwich. Though he will opt for his without any extra special ingredient additions.

I have always had a soft spot for grilled cheese sandwiches. Growing up we had an unspoken tradition that Sunday lunch after church was grilled cheese and a bowl of tomato soup.

Back then our lunch was a simple grilled sandwich made with whole wheat bread and cheddar cheese and paired with a can of store bought tomato soup.

Now, with my own family, we regularly enjoy this old tradition, but I like to keep things interesting by trying different cheeses, like Jarlsberg USA, and breads. After all, it’s a great way to make food more fun for kids and expose them to new varieties of foods they already eat.

Serve up your grilled cheese sandwiches with homemade tomato soup and you’re sure to have a simple, delicious, and healthy meal fit for any day of the week.

Recipes for Homemade Tomato Soup:

Tomato Soup is perfect for pairing with a grilled cheese sandwich. Here are a few of our family’s favorite recipes:

For our newest grilled cheese experiment we took our inspiration from a classic BLT sandwich and one of our favorite burgers – the ABC Patty Melt from Flying Star Cafe here in New Mexico.

Avocado Tomato Bacon Grilled Cheese

The result: Gooey melted Jarlsberg Cheese meets avocado, applewood bacon, arugula rather than lettuce, and sliced tomato. And of course, I couldn’t resist serving it with a bowl of Easy Florentine Tomato Soup (minus the pasta, plus a splash of cream).

Want to get creative in the kitchen with grilled cheese? Leave a comment and enter to win this fun Jarlsberg USA Grilled Cheese Kit Gift Basket.

Grilled Cheese with Tomato, Avocado, Bacon, and Arugula

Grilled Cheese with Tomato, Avocado, Bacon, and Arugula

Yield: 1 sandwich
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Because sandwiches are very much about personal preference, feel free to use this recipe more as a guideline. If you prefer more cheese or arugula, for example, go ahead and adapt the recipe according to your personal tastes.


  • 2 slices whole grain artisan bread
  • softened butter
  • 2 - 4 slices Jarlsberg Cheese Deli Fresh Slices
  • 3 slices uncured applewood bacon, cooked until crispy
  • a small handful of baby arugula leaves
  • 2 - 3 slices tomato
  • 2 - 3 slices avocado


  1. Butter one side only of the sliced bread according to your personal preference. On the non-buttered side of both of the slices of bread, place 1 -2 slices of cheese. (Add additional cheese if desired or if your bread slices are large)
  2. Place the buttered bread cheese side up, butter side down on a griddle or cast iron skillet over medium heat. Cook until the bottom side of the bread is toasted and the cheese is melted. Turn down the heat on the stove, if necessary, to prevent over browning and/or burning of the bread.
  3. Add the cooked bacon on top of the cheese on one slice of bread. On the other slice layer the arugula, tomato, and avocado on top of the melted cheese. Press both slices together. If the sandwich needs extra warming, cook for 1-2 minutes per side. Eat immediately and enjoy!


You can add the avocado, bacon, arugula and tomato to the sandwich before cooking if desired. I personally prefer my tomato, arugula and avocado uncooked so I add it in afterwards.

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Nutrition Information
Yield 1 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 1777Total Fat 151gSaturated Fat 46gTrans Fat 2gUnsaturated Fat 94gCholesterol 176mgSodium 1604mgCarbohydrates 74gFiber 42gSugar 8gProtein 53g offers recipe nutritional information as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although makes every effort to provide accurate information, these figures are only estimates.

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Giveaway Prize (1 winner):

Giveaway Value: $75

Thank you Jarlsberg USA for providing this giveaway!

Giveaway Requirements:

  • Check out what Jarlsberg USA’s website and tell me what recipe or cheese you’d like to try.
  • Contest ends May 2, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. PST.
  • Contest open to US States only.
  • Winner will be chosen via and will have 3 days to respond before disqualified and a new winner chosen.

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I was compensated for my time and the giveaway fulfillment is provided by Jarlsberg USA, but all opinions and experiences with the product remain my own opinion.


Wednesday 2nd of May 2012

The wheel cheese sounds delicious (actually, they all do)

Kathleen Conner

Wednesday 2nd of May 2012

commented about my tip for the perfect sandwich

Kathleen Conner

Wednesday 2nd of May 2012

pinned on pinterest

Kathleen Conner

Wednesday 2nd of May 2012

follow both on twitter, and tweeted!/kc98765/status/197810542646280192

Kathleen Conner

Wednesday 2nd of May 2012

I'd like to try the Quesadilla. Looks great.

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