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    4 sandwiches

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


  • 3 medium pears, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 6 Tablespoon maple syrup, divided
  • 6 Tablespoon apple cider
  • 1-1/2 Teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 3 Slice of thick hickory-smoked bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled
  • 1/4 Cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 8 thick slices potato bread
  • Smoked Cheddar cheese, sliced
  • 12 thick slices deli-style smoked honey ham


  1. 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.
  2. Mix remaining 1 tablespoonsof maple syrup with softened butter.
  3. 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.
  4. Slice in half and serve immediately.


Black Creek®  Double Smoked Cheddar Cheese

Black Creek® Cheddar cheeses are conscientiously cultivated under the watchful eye of a Certified Master Cheesemaker. Black Creek® Double Smoked Cheddar Cheese is naturally aged to produce a distinctive flavor profile that’s rich and creamy with a pleasant sharpness. After careful aging, the cheese is then smoked twice to impart a robustly smoky flavor.

Black Creek®  Sharp Cheddar Cheese (Aged 9 Months)

Black Creek® Cheddar cheeses are made using old-world craftsmanship by Gregg Palubicki, a certified Wisconsin Master Cheesemaker. The result? The finest in premium Wisconsin Cheddar cheese with a dedication to quality you can taste.

Black Creek®  Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese (Aged 2 Years)

Black Creek® offers award-winning premium Cheddar cheeses that are recognized for their rich and creamy taste. Each of the brands’ offerings is carefully selected to ensure you receive a consistently delicious cheese that’s perfect for snacking.



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