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Turkey Bacon and Avocado Grilled Cheese

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A fancy twist on a grilled cheese. Turkey Bacon and Avocado Grilled Cheese grilled until golden and gooey loaded with fresh basil, tomatoes and mozzarella cheese on a hearty artisan bread.  

Turkey Bacon and Avocado Grilled Cheese sandwich loaded with fresh basil, tomatoes and mozzarella cheese on a hearty artisan bread.  Recipe at TidyMom.net

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I have a thing for good sandwiches.  They need to have lots of texture and lots of flavor.  This Turkey Bacon Avocado Grilled Cheese hit it out of the park!!  It’s a little like a BLAT (Bacon Lettuce Avocado Tomato) meets grilled cheese.

Everyone knows how to make a grilled cheese sandwich…. I know, but let me tell you, this sandwich is not your average grilled cheese sandwich. It is anything but. The flavors from the basil, turkey bacon, avocado and tomato mingle together with the melty mozzarella and crusty toasted buttered bread to make this sandwich extra special.

This has been one of those sandwiches that I like to just keep in my arsenal of quick, easy and absolutely delicious go-to recipes.  Great for summer, because you don’t have to heat up the house, yet you still have a hot meal to put on the table. My whole family loves it! Butterball Turkey Bacon

This sandwich starts off with Butterball Turkey Bacon, for a lighter and flavorful alternative to pork bacon.  I usually cook the whole package of turkey bacon, because Steve loves to snack on the left over pieces.

Turkey Bacon and Avocado Grilled Cheese sandwich.  Recipe at TidyMom.net

I like to use thick slices of hearty artisan bread, so it yields a nice crunch, once it’s toasted.

If you’d like to go with the classic BLAT, you could use a lettuce of your choice, but I love to use basil leaves for an unexpected added flavor, with the juicy tomatoes and buttery avocados, it’s magical!  As for the mozzarella, buy the best you can afford.  It’s so creamy and melty and worth it.

Turkey Bacon and Avocado Grilled Cheese sandwich recipe at TidyMom.net

While the turkey bacon is cooking, slice the bread, tomatoes and avocado.  Butter one side of each slice of bread.  Once the bacon is cooked, lay a bread butter side down in skillet, layer with cheese, turkey bacon, avocado, tomatoes and basil and top with another slice of bread (buttered side up).

Cook over medium high heat until golden and glorious and cheese becomes melty.  Remove from skillet and enjoy!

Turkey Bacon and Avocado Grilled Cheese sandwich loaded with fresh basil, tomatoes and mozzarella cheese on a hearty artisan bread.  Recipe at TidyMom.net

Of course you could split this sandwich with someone……. but who am I kidding, it’s not like I shared my Turkey Bacon Avocado Grilled Cheese with anyone 😉  Just sayin’.

Turkey Bacon and Avocado Grilled Cheese

Turkey Bacon and Avocado Grilled Cheese sandwich loaded with fresh basil, tomatoes and mozzarella cheese on a hearty artisan bread.

Yield: 2 sandwiches

Cook Time: 7 minutes

Total Time: 7 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices hearty artisan bread
  • 4-6 slices Butterball turkey bacon, cooked
  • 4 sliced mozzarella (about 4-6 ounces)
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  •  1 ripe tomato, sliced
  • basil leaves
  • 1-2 tablespoons of butter

Directions:

  1. Butter one side of each of the slices of bread.
  2. Pace 2 sliced of bread, butter side down in skillet or griddle.  Layer with mozzarella, turkey bacon, avocado, tomato and basil. Top with remaining slices of buttered bread (butter side up).
  3. Heat over medium high heat and top sandwiches with the remaining slices of bread, butter-side-up and cook until golden and cheese begins to melt - about 4 minutes (you can cover with a lid to speed up the melting process.)
  4. Carefully flip sandwich, reduce heat to medium and cook a few more minutes until cheese has melted and bread is golden brown.
  5. Slice in halve and serve.

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Turkey Bacon and Avocado Grilled Cheese sandwich loaded with fresh basil, tomatoes and mozzarella cheese on a hearty artisan bread.  Recipe at TidyMom.net

We are Turketarians……Are YOU?

A Turketarian is someone who believes that if you aren’t eating turkey, you are missing out.  Turketarians love turkey as part of a healthy lifestyle, we crave the delicious flavor of turkey, and work it into family meals whenever possible.

Be sure to visit Butterball.com for more recipe ideas, coupons and more!

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Disclosure:  I have a working relationship with Butterball, but as always, all views, opinions……and my family’s love of turkey are all my own.  Thank you for supporting the brands that support TidyMom.

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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog, TidyMom.net, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+

35 comments

  1. There is nothing like a hearty, melty grilled cheese. I think your tip of using a great artisan bread is a great one. It really elevates the gourmet level of a simple classic. 

  2. This looks so delicious and I love the avocado – making this ASAP! 

  3. Now THIS is a sandwich – wow! Looks amazing. We eat a TON of turkey so this is definitely right up my alley. Can’t wait to to make this!

  4. There’s just something about tomato and basil and wins me over every time. Layered with these other ingredients, you definitely have a winner.

  5. I’m all about the plastic-y yellow cheese grilled cheese once in a while, but this one right here? It’s the stuff dreams are made of. 

  6. What a beautiful looking grilled cheese!!  These flavors are perfection!!

  7. Turkey bacon usually doesn’t appeal to me but that actually looks pretty good!

  8. Now that is a grilled cheese! 

  9. Love everything about this grilled cheese! From the bread and turkey bacon to avocado! 

  10. I’m totally drooling over this sandwich Cheryl!!

  11. those look great from one grilled cheese lover to another!! 

  12. It’s lunch time and I’m STARVING!! This looks fantastic my friend!

  13. I love dressed up grilled cheese sandwiches! Can you go wrong with bacon and avocado? Nope.

  14. I love the addition of basil Cheryl! Bacon and avocado are one of my favorites! Drooling here!

  15. We are totally turketarians!! Super delicious sandwich!! Yummy!!

  16. This has to be the most amazing grilled cheese – ever! I can’t wait to give this turkey bacon a try! 

  17. Split this sandwich with someone… haha, so funny! 😉 Nope this would be all mine! 

  18. This is my kind of grilled cheese! Love all of the flavors!

  19. I am fully in love with this sandwich, drooling!

  20. I just realized I’d never been a fan of turkey because it was never offered to me in a BLTA GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH!

  21. I love the use of the basil instead of lettuce. My plant is exploding right now! And that turkey bacon is one of my favorites too!!

  22. All my favorites in one grilled cheese! This can’t be beat!

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  24. This looks so delicious ! I have to pin it.

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  26. Hands down better than any grilled cheese I have made before! Drooling over the images.

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  35. I made the sandwich for lunch today and it was one of the best grilled cheese sandwiches I have ever eaten. Thank you for this amazing and easy recipe.

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