Grilled Smoked Cheddar with Ham, Spiced Pear, Bacon Compote & Maple Butter

Grilled Smoked Cheddar with Ham, Spiced Pear, Bacon Compote & Maple Butter
Grilled Smoked Cheddar with Ham, Spiced Pear, Bacon Compote & Maple Butter
Main Ingredient: Bread
Yield: 4 sandwiches
Recipe courtesy of Donna Beck, finalist in the I ♥ Grilled Cheese recipe contest
American - Traditional Sandwiches
Ingredients
  • 3 medium pears, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 6 tablespoons maple syrup, divided
  • 6 tablespoons apple cider
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 3 slices of thick hickory-smoked bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
  • 1/4 c. unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 thick slices potato bread
  • Smoked Cheddar cheese, sliced
  • 12 thick slices deli-style smoked honey ham
Directions

Place pears, 5 tablespoons of maple syrup, apple cider and cayenne pepper in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook stirring frequently until the pears are soft and most of the liquid is gone. Mash. Stir in bacon crumbles . Keep warm and set aside.

Mix remaining 1 tablespoonsof maple syrup with softened butter.

Heat griddle or large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Spread maple butter evenly on 1 side of each bread slice. Place 4 slices buttered-side down on griddle and layer with 1/2 of the cheese, 1/4 of the pear/bacon compote, ham and remaining cheese. Top with 4 bread slices buttered-side up. Place sandwiches on heated griddle. Grill 3-4 minutes or until bread is golden brown and cheese begins to melt. Flip and cook until bottom is brown. Repeat with remaining sandwiches.

Slice in half and serve immediately.