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Dinner, Lunch, Sandwiches/Paninis

Bourbon Caramelized Onions, Bacon and Smoked Gouda Grilled Cheese Panini

Yesterday was National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day. I either didn’t know this or actually may not have cared, until I saw all the yummy GCSs being posted all over the Interwebs. So I had to run out and buy some yummy cheese and bread and came up with this concoction. Bacon, caramelized onions with a shot of bourbon, a really nice cheese. Lunch is served.

Ingredients
2 slices bread
4 strips of prepared bacon (see my method here)
2 tablespoon olive oil
2 thin slices smoked gouda
1/4 cup bourbon caramelized onions (5-6 large onions, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon sugar, butter, oil, shot of bourbon)

Directions
Cut the onions in half lengthwise, then slice into very thin half rings. For every 1 large onion, heat about 1 teaspoon olive oil in a large, heavy-bottom pan over medium heat. Add the same amount of butter, allow to melt, then add the onions. Stir to coat the onions in oil/butter. Add the salt and sugar. Turn down the heat to medium low and continue to cook the onions until they are soft and deep golden brown, 30-40 minutes. at the last minute or two, add a shot of bourbon and allow it to burn off; it adds a nice finishing touch to the onions. I usually make a lot (like 5-6 large onions) once per month and then add them to just about everything.

To make the sandwich: heat your panini press to medium-high. Brush outside of bread with olive oil. On one slice of bread, lay a slice of cheese, pile caramelized onions, and then lay on your strip sof bacon. Cover with the second slice of cheese, and cover with second slice of bread. Press together gently. Place sandwich on the panini press and put down the lid. Cook until bread is golden and the cheese has melted. Make sure to let the sandwich sit for a few minutes before cutting and eating, otherwise the whole thing will fall apart when you take a bite.

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