You are here: Home » Recipes » Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Caramelized Pears Grilled Cheese with Bacon and Caramelized Pears Recipe by David Bonom Yield 4 servings Spread bread with a bit of mustard before building the sandwich if you like. A bit of arugula will add a nice bite to the creamy cheese and sweet pear. Mark Boughton/styling: Teresa Blackburn PrintEmail Ingredients 5 tablespoons butter, softened, divided1 firm ripe pear, cored and cut into 16 slices1 teaspoon sugar8 slices smoked bacon8 ounces Dubliner cheese, cut into 16 slices8 slices soft sourdough sandwich bread Instructions Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Toss the pears in a bowl with sugar and add to pan. Cook until tender and golden, about 4 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and reserve. Return pan to heat. Add bacon and cook until crisp, about 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate covered with paper towel and drain. Discard fat from skillet and wipe out. To assemble, place 4 slices of bread on a work surface. Layer each with 1 slice of cheese, 4 pear slices, 2 bacon slices, 1 more slice of cheese, and remaining slices of bread. Spread outside of each sandwich with remaining butter. Heat pan over medium heat until hot. Add 2 of the sandwiches, cover the skillet, and cook until golden, about 4 minutes. Turn sandwiches, cover and cook until golden and the cheese has melted, about 3 minutes longer. Repeat with the remaining 2 sandwiches. (Can be made in a panini maker if you like.) —Recipe by David Bonom.