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“Everyone has trigger foods - they are the foods you see, smell, or hear about that have a strong and compelling gravitational pull on you. You can’t resist eating them. When I thought about my favorite grilled cheese sandwich, all of my favorite trigger foods started pulling on me and as a result they all ended up in my sandwich: avocado, bacon, tomatoes, caramelized onions, and Pepper Jack and Sharp Cheddar cheese. Enjoy!” - Mary Cecchini of the Tillamook Marketing Team
You will want to have all the ingredients prepped and ready to go before you start making this sandwich, because once it starts, it goes fast!
Sauté the sliced onions in a skillet using extra virgin olive oil until the onions are translucent and caramelized. Let the onions cool and then set aside. Cook the bacon slices to the desired level of crispiness. Let the bacon cool, then cut each slice in half and set aside.
Lightly butter one side of each piece of bread and place butter side down on medium heated pan or flat grill. For each sandwich place 1 slice of Pepper Jack on one slice of bread and 1 slice of Sharp Cheddar on the other slice of bread. Let the cheese melt on the bread while checking the underside so as not to burn. Lower heat if necessary, or if the bread starts to brown faster than the cheese melts, place the lid of a cooking pot over the bread to make the cheese melt faster.
Once the cheese has melted, pile on the fixins! Add two half-slices of bacon, a few slices of avocado and tomato, and about 2 tablespoons caramelized onions on top of 1 slice of bread. Add a ½ cup of shredded Sharp Cheddar on top of the fixins, and then put the other slice of bread on top. Place a heavy weight (such as a clean cast-iron skillet) on top of the completed sandwich for a few moments to allow for the shredded Sharp Cheddar to melt and bring all the ingredients together. Remove the sandwich from heat and let it sit on a cutting board for a few minutes. Once the sandwich has rested for a few minutes, cut it in half and enjoy!