Savory Tuesday: Grilled Cheese

Ashevile Grilled Cheese RecipeAsheville’s One-Stop Shop for home remodeling needs brings you Savory Tuesday: featuring delicious Asheville recipes paired with a complimentary wine from Metro Wines, the newest wine studio in Asheville.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 Recipe:

Grilled Cheese w/ Bacon, Tomato and Avocado

Ingredients 2 slices bacon, sliced in half crosswise 2 slices hearty white bread, such as Pepperidge Farm or Arnold 2 teaspoons butter 2 slices American or Cheddar cheese 2 slices ripe beefsteak tomato 1/2 a ripe avocado, thinly sliced Kosher salt

Procedures 1 Place bacon in a large nonstick or cast iron skillet and cook over medium-low heat, turning occasionally, until crisp all over, about 8 minutes. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate and bacon fat to a small bowl. 2 Wipe out skillet and return to medium heat. Melt butter until foaming subsides. Add both bread slices and cook, swirling occasionally, until pale golden brown on bottom side, about 2 minutes. 3 Transfer to a cutting board toasted-side-up. Place one cheese slice on top of one slice, followed by bacon, tomato, and avocado. Top with second cheese slice and close sandwich. 4 Add half of reserved bacon fat to skillet and heat over medium-low heat. Add sandwich and cook, swirling occasionally, until deep, even golden brown, about 5 minutes. Remove sandwich using a flexible metal spatula. Add the remaining bacon fat. Return sandwich to skillet cooked-side up. Season with salt. Cook, swirling occasionally, until second side is deep, even golden brown and cheese is thoroughly melted, about 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

There’s nothing quite like a BLT for lunch or a light dinner on a warm, sunny day.  It’s a great contrast of light and hearty from the classic combination of crisp, cold lettuce with the juicy sharpness of tomatoes and the spicy, deep flavors of crunchy bacon.

Metro Wine Studio of Asheville has supplied delicious wine pairings below to compliment your grilled cheese.  You can choose a French with an elegant Rhone red blend, or go a little heartier with an earthy Italian Sangiovese.  To help you decide, here’s a description of the wines.

French Wine AshevilleDelas Ventoux 2011

This delightful regional blend is a wonderfully aromatic wine, with fruity cherry-berry Grenache to the fore and a nice backbone of spicy Syrah to add interest.  Medium bodied with soft tannins, this classic regional blend won't disappoint.  This is a beautiful example of the red wines from the Ventoux region.

Toscana Wine AshevillePerazzeta Sara Sangiovese Toscana IGT 2011

Perazzeta is making some of the best everyday wines in all of Toscana right now. Located in the D.O.C. region of Montecucco, just south of the famous Montalcino region, these wines have tremendous power, tension, and assertive terroir.  Bright, stinging cherry, crisp acidity, and tantalizing earth tones make this pretty, yet interesting wine hard to resist.



More Information Metro Wines: Metro Wines, located at 169 Charlotte Street, offers a wide selection of wines focusing on pairing just the right wine with any dish or event. Here you will find grape specific shelves as well as categories ranging “from $10 and under” to the “bucket list.” Proprietors John Kerr and Gina Trippi share the philosophy that wine is about friends, family and community. Both are always available to answer questions, offer suggestions, share stories and work with your caterer or event planner. Metro Wines is also home to the Semi Public Space for Contemporary Art presenting rotating exhibits from acclaimed artists across the country. At Metro Wines, you will always find great wine on the shelves and great art on the walls! Visit for our wine tasting events and wine blog.

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