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Pear, Raspberry and “Bacon” Grilled Cheese Sandwich (revisited)

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I originally blogged about this sandwich last winter after seeing it (a non-vegan version) on Pinterest. It was insanely yummy, but messy. At the time, my best cheese option was Daiya mozzarella shreds, and although they melted nicely, it was hard to keep them where I wanted them on the sandwich… So when the Daiya wedges came out, I KNEW I had to make this again, using the Jack flavor.

Man oh man, am I glad I did! It was even richer and gooey-er than last time, and just as wonderful as I remembered. The raspberry and pear bring a natural sweetness, while the tempeh bacon (especially combined with a little applewood smoked sea salt!) added a savory layer. I also chose to go with an uber-flavorful bread- a Jewish Rye. Any bread would work, as long as it’s thick and substantial enough to support all these fillings… but I definitely recommend the Rye.

Helllooooo Cheese!

Vegan Pear, Tempeh Bacon, Raspberry Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Pear, Raspberry and “Bacon” Grilled Cheese Sandwich (2 Sammies)

Recipe adapted from Pinch of Yum (non-vegan)


  • 8 strips of Tofurky bacon (or vegan bacon of your choice)
  • Applewood smoked sea salt
  • 4 slices of bread (the heartier, the better)
  • 3-4 T of raspberry jam
  • 1 ripe pear, thinly sliced (pop any slices that don’t fit on the sandwiches right into your mouth!)
  • About 1/3 wedge of Daiya Jack, sliced
  • 2 T Earth Balance


  1. Preheat pan to medium-high heat.
  2. Heat bacon thouroughly, according to package instructions, sprinkling with a little of the smoked sea salt. Set aside.
  3. Take 2 slices of bread, butter one side of each, and spread 1/4 of the jam on the other side of each, then place in pan EB-side down (jam side up!).
  4. Layer each with the pears, the tofurky bacon and the cheese.
  5. Turn heat to low and cover pan with a lid, to let the cheese get as melty as possible. This should just take a minute or two- you don’t want your bread to burn OR get too soggy!
  6. Once the cheese is melty, spread butter and remaining jam on either side of the two remaining pieces, the add to pan (butter side up), then flip everything over so it can brown on the other side.


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  • iatelunch May 11, 2012, 6:22 am

    Oh my. I’m drooling over this sandwich at my desk.

    • Barb May 11, 2012, 4:37 pm

      I know… I kind of want to make it again for dinner tonight πŸ™‚

  • An Unrefined Vegan May 11, 2012, 6:44 am

    Incredible! It’s so good-sounding and yummy-looking it’s sick!! I want one!

    • Barb May 11, 2012, 4:37 pm

      I’ll drop one in the mail ASAP πŸ˜‰

  • Richgail Enriquez May 11, 2012, 11:03 am

    Yum, this looks good! I’m glad I stumbled upon this page. I’m gonna make this recipe this weekend πŸ™‚

    • Barb May 11, 2012, 4:37 pm

      Awesome, let me know how it turns out!

  • Connie Fletcher May 11, 2012, 4:34 pm

    OMG…the first one was delish…now this???? Oh, Barb, you may have outdone yourself…what are you making for the virtual potluck…I can’t wait tosee what everyone brings.

    • Barb May 11, 2012, 4:36 pm

      You’re gonna have to wait until tomorrow morning to find out… but methinks you’ll approve πŸ˜‰

  • thecrueltyfreereview May 11, 2012, 11:39 pm

    I have got to make this. Gooey cheese, salty ‘bacon’, sweet fruit, crispy bread. I haven’t had a sandwich like that in a long time…I’m overdue!

  • emmycooks May 12, 2012, 3:34 am

    THAT was vegan? πŸ™‚

    • Barb May 14, 2012, 7:04 am

      I see what you did there, and I liked it! πŸ™‚

  • Kammie May 12, 2012, 11:42 am

    Oh that looks SO good. It definitely does NOT look vegan

  • Heather May 12, 2012, 6:08 pm

    My mouth is watering all over again – mmmmm grilled cheese (insert homer simpson voice)

    • Barb May 14, 2012, 7:04 am

      That’s totally how I read that too!

  • vieve May 17, 2012, 10:27 am

    ohmygodohmygod. off to search for applewood smoked salt….

    • Barb May 29, 2012, 6:05 am

      I hope you find it, that stuff is AMAZING!

  • Sophie33 May 18, 2012, 8:04 am

    Waw! Those sandwiches look just stunning!! Yummy Yummy too! πŸ™‚

  • rita eilenberg May 23, 2012, 10:34 am

    Sounds great…just wondering how much sodium in the “bacon”???

    • Barb May 29, 2012, 6:04 am

      Oh, I don’t know. You’d have to check the package, sorry!

  • JennΓ© @ Sweet Potato Soul May 28, 2012, 4:54 pm

    This looks so yummy! I was never a fan of real cheese (with the exception of buffalo mozzarella in Italy and on pizza), but I think I might like this vegan version of grilled cheese sandwich. I love the combination of pear, tempeh bacon and raspberry! AND I’m really enjoying your blog!

  • Deb February 8, 2014, 8:55 am

    Oh yum. I might substitute the “bacon” with grilled dulse, though. Both would be great…..

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