Gluten-Free Beer Battered Grilled Cheese w/Bacon – Manly Thursdays

Another Thursday, another tasty recipe for gluten-free guys (OK fine, ladies can eat it too)!

Like many of my recent recipes, grilled cheese was another item I ate all the time growing up, but somehow fell out of my rotation as I grew older.  I have no clue why this is, as they are incredibly easy to make and not time-consuming at all.

To make this sandwich a little more “manly”, I decided to beer batter it and add some bacon.  I also went with Whole Foods Light White GF Sandwich bread instead of Udi’s, mainly because Whole Foods bread is quite a bit bigger and would be easier to make a grilled cheese with.  The sandwich turned out really well;  I was very happy with how tasty the Whole Foods bread was after grilling.  Some gluten-free bread can turn into a bit of a mess when it is heated up, so I was pleasantly surprised by the result.

Cookin’ the Bacon

Gluten-Free Beer from Two Brothers

Gluten-Free Beer from Two Brothers

The Batter

Sandwich Covered in Batter, now Cookin’ on the Stove

Done Cooking! Cheese Oozin’ Out the Sides

Cut in Half…There’s the Bacon!

The Recipe

Ingredients (for two sandwiches):

  • 4 slices of gluten-free bread (recommendations: Udi’s or Whole Foods GF White Sandwich Bread)
  • 6 slices of bacon
  • 4 slices of cheddar cheese
  • Earth Balance or regular butter
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup gluten-free beer (I used Prairie Path Golden Ale; Redbridge is probably easiest to find)
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour

Directions:

1.  In a skillet, cook the bacon on medium to medium-high heat until crispy.  Remove and drain on paper towels.

2.   Butter the outsides of the bread.  On the inside, put one slice of cheddar on each piece of bread.  Place 3 slices of bacon on each sandwich.

3.  In a bowl, beat egg, beer, and flour until it is smooth.  Dip each sandwich into the batter for a few seconds on each side.

4.  Heat another skillet w/1 tablespoon of butter over medium heat.  Place the sandwiches on and cook for about 4-5 minutes a side, until the cheese is melted and the bread is golden brown.

5.  Remove from heat.  Serve and enjoy!

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