Hole in One Pimento Cheese Grilled Cheese With Candied Bacon

Pimento grilled cheese sandwich recipe

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

  • Total: 42 mins
  • Prep: 30 mins
  • Cook: 12 mins
  • Yield: 1 sandwich (1 serving)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
520 Calories
22g Fat
56g Carbs
26g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 sandwich (1 serving)
Amount per serving
Calories 520
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 9g 47%
Cholesterol 250mg 83%
Sodium 1172mg 51%
Total Carbohydrate 56g 20%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Protein 26g
Calcium 200mg 15%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Creamy pimento cheese, sweet and spicy candied bacon, and a rich and silky egg are grilled and nestled between two slices of crispy bread in this Southern grilled cheese recipe!


  • For the Pimento Cheese:
  • 1 ​tablespoon mayo (Duke's)
  • 5 dashes hot sauce (Franks)
  • 1/8 teaspoon mustard (yellow)
  • 1/4 tablespoon red onion (grated)
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Pinch of garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon cheddar cheese (Hook's aged cheddar)
  • 1/2 tablespoon pimentos (chopped)
  • 1 tablespoon grand cru
  • For the Candied Bacon:
  • 2 slices bacon
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • For the Grilled Cheese:
  • 2 slices bread
  • 1 teaspoon salted butter
  • 1 egg

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this grilled cheese dish is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and cooking.

For the Pimento Cheese

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for pimento cheese
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  2. In a small bowl, combine the mayo, Frank's hot sauce, yellow mustard, grated onion, salt, sugar, and garlic powder. Stir until smooth.

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  3. Add in the cheddar, pimentos, and grand cru, and then set aside, letting the flavors come together as your bacon candies. 

    Add in cheddar and pimentos
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For the Candied Bacon

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for bacon
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  2. Preheat oven to 350 F.

  3. Toss bacon in light brown sugar and add a few dashes of cayenne pepper.

    Toss bacon
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  4. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes on one side.

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  5. Then flip and allow it to cook for another few minutes until bacon is crispy and dark brown.

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  6. Remove from heat and set aside. 

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Assemble the Sandwich

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Assemble sandwich
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  2. Begin by building the sandwich. Smear half of the pimento cheese onto each slice of bread and add chopped candied bacon.

    Spread cheese
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  3. Close the sandwich and smush it down. 

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  4. Using a biscuit cutter or round cookie cutter, cut a circle out of the middle of the sandwich, cutting through both bread slices.

    Cu out circle
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  5. Gently remove the inner circle and set aside. The cut-out circle can be grilled along with the sandwich.

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  6. In a skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Place sandwich and cut-out circle in skillet.

    Place in skillet
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  7. Carefully crack an egg into the center-cut hole and sprinkle egg with a pinch of salt and black pepper.

    Crack egg
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  8. Grill sandwich until one side is golden brown and the egg has begun to cook. When egg white starts to become opaque, gently flip sandwich, adding remaining butter to the pan.

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  9. Once both sides are golden brown and egg is firm to touch or cooked to your desired doneness, remove the sandwich from heat. Allow to rest two minutes.

    Golden brown
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  10. Serve immediately, cutting in half to release egg yolk.

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  11. Enjoy!

    Pimento grilled cheese
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