Not going out for National Grilled Cheese Day? Impress a friend by making a spin on the traditional grilled cheese. Chef George Duran (SkoutID: ChefGeorgeDuran), host of TLC’s “Ultimate Cake Off,” created an exclusive recipe just for Skout that is absolutely decadent. Bacon and brie and dark chocolate – oh my!
Dark Chocolate and Maple-Glazed Bacon Grilled Brie Sandwich
By George Duran
Prep Time: 60 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Yield: 2 sandwiches
8 oz. wedge of brie cheese
6 slices of thick-cut bacon
¼ C. maple syrup
¼ C. brown sugar
1 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 C. semi-sweet chocolate chips
4 thick slices of Italian bread
Butter, room temperature
Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
Place brie in freezer for about 20-30 minutes until firm, then cut into ½ inch slices. Set aside.
Line a rimmed cookie sheet with parchment paper. Whisk maple syrup, brown sugar and mustard in a small bowl. Dunk each slice of bacon in the maple mixture and place each strip on the cookie sheet. Place in the preheated oven and cook for about 30 minutes, turning once halfway through. Cook more or less until the bacon looks crispy, but not burnt. Remove from cookie sheet and allow to crisp on a cooling rack.
Place chocolate chips in a small bowl and microwave 2-3 minutes on high, mixing every minute, until the chocolate is fully melted.
Pre-heat a non-stick griddle or pan on low heat and spread a generous amount of butter on one side of each slice of bread. Evenly spread melted chocolate on the inner side of each bread and assemble each sandwich with 3-4 slices of brie and 3 slices of the maple bacon. Grill on each side until golden brown and brie begins to melt.
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