Blue cheese, bacon, and a drizzle of honey combine to make a great grilled cheese sandwich. The original sandwich is named SSP which stands for Smelly Sticky Pig and is served at a little café in the suburbs of St. Louis. Friend Jo suggested the restaurant when I was in town for a visit. I remember the day well because it was such a beautiful day, yet we all knew we were in for a mother-load of a snow storm the next day. The sandwich was good, it was different, it consisted of ingredients I generally have on hand, it would be easy to make. So I decided to make one.
Start with a hearty white bread that will hold up to the grilling without being squashed. The sandwich bread sold in the grocery store won’t stand up to the grilling. You need good bread. Then you need some bacon. I used some store bought stuff from my freezer, but wonder if my usual thick-sliced smoked bacon from the butcher shop would be better. I don’t think I would use maple-flavored bacon, but peppered bacon might be good. You need blue cheese for the sandwich and I used the crumbles I had and not the leftover cheese from the Blue cheese crackers I made in December. The only problem: I came up short on the honey. Not to be derailed, I high-tailed it to Olive Oil Etcetera for some orange blossom honey from Italy.
To make the sandwich: Fry the bacon, but fry a bit extra because it is difficult to fry bacon and not sneak a piece. Once the bacon has been fried, drain it very well. While the bacon is draining (or while it is frying) plate the bread and add a layer of the blue cheese crumbles to cover the bread. You don’t want a pile, just a layer. Drizzle a bit honey onto the blue cheese. Feel free to use more honey than seen in the picture. I know next time I will be using more honey on the sandwich as the sandwich was a bit on the lighter side. Top with the bacon, butter as normal, and place into a hot skillet to grill. Toast each side until desired doneness and the blue cheese has begun to melt.
When completely toasted, plate the sandwich, cut, and enjoy every bite of your sandwich. Since I had just arrived home from vacation and was still tired from the two day drive, it did not occur to me to plan a side dish. I think an apple slaw would work well. This sandwich will certainly find a place in my dinner routine since it is tasty and quick to make. Let me know if you make the sandwich. I would like to hear about your experience.