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Kale and Cheddar Melts with Crispy Bacon

Grilled cheese, a timeless classic, is beloved by many for its simplicity and comfort. But by introducing kale and crispy bacon, you can elevate this simple sandwich into a gourmet delight suitable for adults with a matured palate. The crispy bacon adds a salty crunch, and the kale lends a fresh, earthy note that beautifully complements the richness of the cheese.


  • 8 slices of your preferred bread (sourdough, whole grain, etc.)
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1 cup kale, cleaned, stemmed, and chopped
  • 4 slices of crispy bacon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Optional: 1 clove of garlic, minced
  • Optional: A dash of red pepper flakes for some heat


  1. Prepare Ingredients: Ensure your kale is cleaned, stemmed, and chopped. Cook your bacon until it’s crispy, then set it aside on a paper towel to drain excess grease.
  2. Kale Sauté: In a skillet over medium heat, add a teaspoon of butter. Once melted, add the minced garlic (if using) and sauté until fragrant. Add the chopped kale and cook until it’s wilted. Season with salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes if desired. Once cooked, transfer the kale to a bowl and set aside.
  3. Assemble the Sandwich: Butter one side of each bread slice. On the non-buttered side, layer some grated cheddar, a slice of crispy bacon, a portion of the sautéed kale, and then more cheddar.
  4. Grill the Sandwich: In a skillet over medium heat, place the sandwich buttered side down. Cook until the bottom is golden brown and crispy. Carefully flip and cook the other side until the cheese is fully melted and the sandwich is golden brown on both sides.
  5. Serve: Once cooked, remove from heat, slice in half, and serve immediately.


  • For added richness, consider using a combination of cheeses such as mozzarella or Gruyère.
  • If you’re vegetarian, you can omit the bacon or replace it with a vegetarian alternative.
  • Serve with a side of tomato soup or a fresh salad to round out the meal.

This adult version of the grilled cheese sandwich is a delightful twist on a classic. The combination of crispy bacon, melted cheddar, and sautéed kale offers a burst of flavor and texture in every bite. Perfect for lunch, dinner, or even a savory breakfast, this upgraded grilled cheese is sure to impress.

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