Garlic Bread Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Tomato

It’s #NationalDairyMonth, celebrate with this delicious Garlic Bread Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Tomato

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(This is a sponsored post from Finlandia Cheese.)

June is a special month.  It marks graduation, the start of summer, weddings, vacation season.  But did you know that June is also National Dairy Month?  While we fire up our grills in preparation for the summer cooking season, June is the perfect time to incorporate a food group that tastes great and is great for us:  dairy.
Many of us (myself included) eat butter and cheese almost everyday.  But we often forget to consider that many butters contain additives (such as growth hormones, preservatives, and dyes) that can be harmful to us and our families.  What if I told you there was a way to sidestep those potentially dangerous chemicals, embrace all-natural great taste, and take your baking and cooking game to the next level in honor of National Dairy Month?
I recently discovered Finlandia Cheese —a brand that has been crafting some of the highest quality cheese and butter for over a century—and was so inspired that I decided to share a few secrets to help you create some of the best-tasting food you and your family have ever eaten.  I used their Swiss cheese and salted butter to make this Garlic Bread Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Tomato.
Before we get into the nitty-gritty let’s talk about this decadent Garlic Bread Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Tomato. This combines two of my loves (or three or four…) garlic bread and grilled cheese sandwiches. The buttery garlic bread combined with the tangyness of the Swiss cheese is just heavenly. Then add bacon and tomato on top and you have the perfect, over-the-top sandwich. You will never go back to a basic grilled cheese sandwich again!
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SECRET #1:  USE ONLY HIGH-QUALITY INGREDIENTS
Great dishes are a sum of their parts.  Those parts should be delicious alone AND in your culinary creation.  When I tried Finlandia for the first time, I was blown away.  Not only are their cheeses and butter all-natural and hormone-free, but they taste incredible.  Imported from Finland using milk produced by well-cared-for cows, Finlandia Butter is rich and creamy.  It’s nothing like any butter you’ve ever tasted.  And you could eat Finlandia Cheese straight from the package—no crackers needed.
SECRET #2:  CARE ABOUT THE SOURCE OF YOUR FOOD
Life moves fast, and most of us don’t have time to research every single product we consume.  However, when it comes to products like cheese and butter, which we eat almost everyday, it makes a big difference to be aware of what we’re putting into our bodies.  Finlandia Butter is made from pure, hormone-free milk, which comes from happy cows that live on family-owned farms in Finland—the greenest country on Earth.  No hidden chemicals, no factory farms—just pure, creamy goodness.
SECRET #3:  GET THE WHOLE FAMILY INVOLVED
Getting your family involved in the kitchen can help create lasting memories and start an important conversation around nutrition and health.  Baking sheet cookies?  Get out the cookie cutters and let your kids create the shapes.  Cooking a grilled cheese?  Let your significant other butter the bread.  If you’re in need of some culinary inspiration, check out the Finlandia Cheese Facebook page. Use this product locator to find products near you.
Get your copy of  this sandwich below and make it for your family.
Got any baking/cooking secrets of your own?  I’d love to hear about them!  Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below.
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Garlic Bread Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Tomato
 
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The ingredient amounts are enough for two sandwiches.
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ¼ cup Finlandia Salted Butter
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • a pinch of dried Parsley
  • 4 slices of Sour Dough bread
  • 6 slices of Finlandia Swiss Cheese
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 1 tomato, sliced
Instructions
  1. Heat your griddle or skillet to a medium heat.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the butter, garlic powder and dried Parsley.
  3. Butter the top of a slice of bread and place face down onto your griddle or skillet.
  4. Layer two slices of cheese onto the unbuttered side of the bread. Place two tomato slices on top of the cheese. Then place the bacon on top. I tore two pieces of bacon into two and then placed them on top of the tomato.
  5. Place 1 last piece of cheese on top centered between the two tomatoes.
  6. Place a second slice of bread on top. Butter the top of the sandwich with the garlic butter.
  7. Cook until the bread is golden brown and the cheese begins to melt. Flip once and do the same thing on the other side.

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